A Guide for the Perplexed: A Novel

A Guide for the Perplexed: A Novel

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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 Egypta€™s postrevolutionary chaos, Josie is abducteda€”leaving Judith free to take over Josiea€™s life at home, including her husband and daughter, while Josiea€™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 communitya€™s once-vibrant life, will reveal the power and perils of what Josiea€™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.Onher mothera#39;s suggestion, she chooses Rambam, and attempts to read parts of Guide forthe Perplexed. ... In Rambama#39;s case, Tali discovers, the facts arelargely drawn from the Cairo Genizah, thedarkened synagogue storage room thata Jewish university professorfrom ... his private lifelittle is known, Talidiscovers, beyondthe fact thathehada merchant brother who drowned in the Indian Ocean along with.

Title:A Guide for the Perplexed: A Novel
Author:Dara Horn
Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company - 2013-09-09


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