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Jacob's Folly - Rebecca Miller
Jacob's Folly
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A luminous novel—funny and moving in equal measure—that shines with the author’s unique talentsJacob’s Folly is a rollicking, ingenious, saucy book, brimful of sparkling, unexpected characters, that takes on desire, faith, love, acting—and reincarnation.     In eighteenth-century Paris, Jacob... show more
A luminous novel—funny and moving in equal measure—that shines with the author’s unique talentsJacob’s Folly is a rollicking, ingenious, saucy book, brimful of sparkling, unexpected characters, that takes on desire, faith, love, acting—and reincarnation.     In eighteenth-century Paris, Jacob Cerf is a Jew, a peddler of knives, saltcellars, and snuffboxes. Despite a disastrous teenage marriage, he is determined to raise himself up in life, by whatever means he can. More than two hundred years later, Jacob is amazed to find himself reincarnated as a fly in the Long Island suburbs of twenty-first-century America, his new life twisted in ways he could never have imagined. But even the tiniest of insects can influence the turning of the world, and thanks to his arrival, the lives of a reliable volunteer fireman and a young Orthodox Jewish woman nursing a secret ambition will never be the same.     Through the unique lens of Jacob’s consciousness, Rebecca Miller explores change in all its different guises—personal, spiritual, literal. The hold of the past on the present, the power of private hopes and dreams, the collision of fate and free will: Miller’s world—which is our own, transfigured by her clear gaze and by her sharp, surprising wit—comes brilliantly to life in the pages of this profoundly original novel.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780374178543 (0374178542)
ASIN: 374178542
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
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eilonwyhan
eilonwyhan rated it
4.0 Jacob's Folly: A Novel
Funny and frank observations of 21st century American life from an 18th century Parisian street vendor reincarnated as a fly. Enjoyable! Jacob Cerf aka Gebeck aka Le Naif died in 1773 Paris. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself reincarnated as a common housefly in 21st Century Long Island! H...
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4.0 Jacob's Folly
What would happen if reincarnated souls influenced our lives without our knowledge? What if one of those souls was a fly, and that fly remembers his past life 300 years ago? Find out in my revised review of "Jacob's Folly" by Rebecca Miller, here. https://tcl-bookreviews.com/2015/06/13/a-literal-fly...
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Review for Historical Novel Society to be posted after August issue.
Boston Bibliophile
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5.0 Jacob's Folly: A Novel
I adored this creative, page-turning and moving story of a dead French Jewish peddler come back to life as a fly in modern day Long Island and the influence he has on inveterate goody-two-shoes Les and struggling Orthodox Jew Masha. This book deserves to be a big hit with lots of readers. http://www...
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