A Guide for the Perplexed
The incomparable Dara Horn returns with a spellbinding novel of how technology changes memory and how memory shapes the soul.Software prodigy Josie Ashkenazi has invented an application that records everything its users do. When an Egyptian library invites her to visit as a consultant, her... show more
The incomparable Dara Horn returns with a spellbinding novel of how technology changes memory and how memory shapes the soul.Software prodigy Josie Ashkenazi has invented an application that records everything its users do. When an Egyptian library invites her to visit as a consultant, her jealous sister Judith persuades her to go. But in Egypt’s postrevolutionary chaos, Josie is abducted—leaving Judith free to take over Josie’s life at home, including her husband and daughter, while Josie’s talent for preserving memories becomes a surprising test of her empathy and her only means of escape. A century earlier, another traveler arrives in Egypt: Solomon Schechter, a Cambridge professor hunting for a medieval archive hidden in a Cairo synagogue. Both he and Josie are haunted by the work of the medieval philosopher Moses Maimonides, a doctor and rationalist who sought to reconcile faith and science, destiny and free will. But what Schechter finds, as he tracks down the remnants of a thousand-year-old community’s once-vibrant life, will reveal the power and perils of what Josie’s ingenious work brings into being: a world where nothing is ever forgotten. An engrossing adventure that intertwines stories from Genesis, medieval philosophy, and the digital frontier, A Guide for the Perplexed is a novel of profound inner meaning and astonishing imagination.
Publish date: September 9th 2013
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 342
Edition language: English
Every semester, I end up teaching for a class that is assigned three topics, one of which is superstitions. After a few frustrating searches for the origins of our fear of Friday 13th or the idea that the full moon brings out the crazy, I have to tell the students that they need to look deeper for r...
So many reviews I read gushed over this one but my reaction was lukewarm at best. I really disliked the 'taken hostage' part of the story-- it was just too brutal for my delicate sensibilities. The novel is really three threads of narrative--two historical and one entirely fictional--woven into one ...
I really stayed up late one night reading this and didn't want to leave the author's words, so I read all the way through the afterword as well. MY THOUGHTSABSOLUTELY LOVED IT Josephine has a brilliant mind and her imagination helps her create a program that lets users keep track of their memories u...