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Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss
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Forest Dark (2017)

by Nicole Krauss

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This was a little disappointing after the joyous triumph of [b:The History of Love|3867|The History of Love|Nicole Krauss|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1327911009s/3867.jpg|1882970]. Alternating chapters between a shaggy dog story about a billionaire losing his mind and himself in Israel, and a shaggy dog story about an author named Nicole and some lost writings of Franz Kafka... from after he faked his death and made Aliyah. This caps off a trilogy of books by American Jewish writers who to varying degrees have pushed back against the idea of being American Jewish writers and who have come back with novels that explicitly involve Israel and the relationship that American Jews have with it. I think I probably liked this less than either [b:Here I Am|31434269|Here I Am|Jonathan Safran Foer|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1471029768s/31434269.jpg|46010281] or [b:Dinner at the Center of the Earth|33528152|Dinner at the Center of the Earth|Nathan Englander|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1498902875s/33528152.jpg|54293982], but it's an interesting trend. ( )
  asxz | Mar 13, 2019 |
I was along for the ride until it took a sharp turn into Kafka territory. Not my thing. ( )
  Katie_Roscher | Jan 18, 2019 |
An interesting meditation, from an American perspective, of Jewish identity, Israel, and literature. "Only now that he was gone was I ready to argue with him, to tell him that literature could never be employed by Zionism, since Zionism is predicated on an end--of the Diaspora, of the past, of the Jewish problem--whereas literature resides in the sphere of the endless, and those who write have no hope of an end. A journalist interviewing Eva Hoffe once asked her what she thought Kafka would have made of it all had he been alive. 'Kafka wouldn't have lasted two minutes in this country,' she'd shot back." (Brian) ( )
  ShawIslandLibrary | Jun 30, 2018 |
full review to follow ( )
  MelissiaLenox | Jan 13, 2018 |
I think a student of philosophy would get more from this novel than I did. I am left with an odd ambivalence as to whether this is a brilliant novel or just misses. It seems to be a two threaded tale of search for identity and disillusionment. Two characters seek answers to their disillusionment in Israel. Did they find resolution? You tell me. ( )
  hemlokgang | Dec 21, 2017 |
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Just as religion evolved asa way to contemplate and live before the unknowable, so now have we converted to the opposite practice, to which we are no less devoted: the practice of knowing everything, and believing that knowledge is concrete, and always arrived at through the faculties of the intellect. (p. 47)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062430998, Hardcover)

"A brilliant novel. I am full of admiration." —Philip Roth

"One of America’s most important novelists" (New York Times), the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The History of Love, conjures an achingly beautiful and breathtakingly original novel about personal transformation that interweaves the stories of two disparate individuals—an older lawyer and a young novelist—whose transcendental search leads them to the same Israeli desert.

Jules Epstein, a man whose drive, avidity, and outsized personality have, for sixty-eight years, been a force to be reckoned with, is undergoing a metamorphosis. In the wake of his parents’ deaths, his divorce from his wife of more than thirty years, and his retirement from the New York legal firm where he was a partner, he’s felt an irresistible need to give away his possessions, alarming his children and perplexing the executor of his estate. With the last of his wealth, he travels to Israel, with a nebulous plan to do something to honor his parents. In Tel Aviv, he is sidetracked by a charismatic American rabbi planning a reunion for the descendants of King David who insists that Epstein is part of that storied dynastic line. He also meets the rabbi’s beautiful daughter who convinces Epstein to become involved in her own project—a film about the life of David being shot in the desert—with life-changing consequences.

But Epstein isn’t the only seeker embarking on a metaphysical journey that dissolves his sense of self, place, and history. Leaving her family in Brooklyn, a young, well-known novelist arrives at the Tel Aviv Hilton where she has stayed every year since birth. Troubled by writer’s block and a failing marriage, she hopes that the hotel can unlock a dimension of reality—and her own perception of life—that has been closed off to her. But when she meets a retired literature professor who proposes a project she can’t turn down, she’s drawn into a mystery that alters her life in ways she could never have imagined.

Bursting with life and humor, Forest Dark is a profound, mesmerizing novel of metamorphosis and self-realization—of looking beyond all that is visible towards the infinite.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:43:49 -0400)

One of America's most important novelists (New York Times), the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The History of Love, conjures an achingly beautiful and breathtakingly original novel about personal transformation that interweaves the stories of two disparate individuals, an older lawyer and a young novelist, whose transcendental search leads them to the same Israeli desert. Jules Epstein, a man whose drive, avidity, and outsized personality have, for sixty-eight years, been a force to be reckoned with, is undergoing a metamorphosis. In the wake of his parents' deaths, his divorce from his wife of more than thirty years, and his retirement from the New York legal firm where he was a partner, he's felt an irresistible need to give away his possessions, alarming his children and perplexing the executor of his estate. With the last of his wealth, he travels to Israel, with a nebulous plan to do something to honor his parents. In Tel Aviv, he is sidetracked by a charismatic American rabbi planning a reunion for the descendants of King David who insists that Epstein is part of that storied dynastic line. He also meets the rabbi's beautiful daughter who convinces Epstein to become involved in her own project, a film about the life of David being shot in the desert, with life-changing consequences. But Epstein isn't the only seeker embarking on a metaphysical journey that dissolves his sense of self, place, and history. Leaving her family in Brooklyn, a young, well-known novelist arrives at the Tel Aviv Hilton where she has stayed every year since birth. Troubled by writer's block and a failing marriage, she hopes that the hotel can unlock a dimension of reality, and her own perception of life, that has been closed off to her. But when she meets a retired literature professor who proposes a project she can't turn down, she's drawn into a mystery that alters her life in ways she could never have imagined. Bursting with life and humor, Forest Dark is a profound, mesmerizing novel of metamorphosis and self-realization, of looking beyond all that is visible towards the infinite.… (more)

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