A Guide for the Perplexed: A Novel by Dara Horn

By Dara Horn

The incomparable Dara Horn returns with a spellbinding novel of the way know-how adjustments reminiscence and the way reminiscence shapes the soul.
Software prodigy Josie Ashkenazi has invented an program that documents every thing its clients do. whilst an Egyptian library invitations her to go to as a specialist, her jealous sister Judith persuades her to move. yet in Egypt’s postrevolutionary chaos, Josie is abducted—leaving Judith loose to take over Josie’s existence at domestic, together with her husband and daughter, whereas Josie’s expertise for maintaining thoughts turns into a shocking attempt of her empathy and her merely technique of get away.
A century previous, one other visitor arrives in Egypt: Solomon Schechter, a Cambridge professor trying to find a medieval archive hidden in a Cairo synagogue. either he and Josie are haunted by means of the paintings of the medieval thinker Moses Maimonides, a physician and rationalist who sought to reconcile religion and technological know-how, future and unfastened will. yet what Schechter reveals, as he tracks down the remnants of a thousand-year-old community’s once-vibrant lifestyles, will display the facility and perils of what Josie’s creative paintings brings into being: a global the place not anything is ever forgotten.

An engrossing experience that intertwines tales from Genesis, medieval philosophy, and the electronic frontier, A advisor for the Perplexed is a unique of profound internal which means and striking imagination.

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This guy was starting to get to him. Suddenly the man was in the row behind Bob and placed both of his hands firmly on Bob’s shoulders and pushed him back into the seat. “You’re just stressed out. Sit back, relax, enjoy the show, and then we can discuss business,” said the Shatner as he started to give Bob a shoulder massage. Bob would have protested but the Shatner’s hands felt so good. He watched the screen and a Redshirt walked onto the bridge. ” Lieutenant Leslie pulled out a phaser and pointed it at Spock.

It was strange to see such a large 42 SHATNERQUAKE room so barren. Bob walked in and found himself a seat near the center. The man in front was loudly laughing and clapping his hands. He was oddly amused for an episode of Star Trek. Bob tried to ignore him and focus on the show. It seemed to be an episode that Bob did not immediately recognize, which was strange as he had seen every episode of the Original Series sixty-seven times. Spock, McKoy, Sulu, and Chekov were discussing the sudden disappearance of Captain Kirk.

The man in front hooted and Bob took his eyes off the screen to glare at him, but the man was no longer there. Bob sat up to get a better look at the front row. The man really was gone. Bob sat back, relieved to be rid of the nuisance. He jumped when he realized there was now someone sitting next to him. The man was facing him, with a broad, slightly unhinged smile. The man leaned closer and Bob gasped when he saw the face of William Shatner. ” Then the man was gone. One moment he was sitting next to Bob and the next, the seat was empty.

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