Forest Dark

Forest Dark

A Novel

Book - 2017
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062430991
0062430998
Characteristics: 290 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number: KRAUSS, N

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lukasevansherman
Jun 04, 2018

"In the end, we have made ourselves ill with knowledge." I read Krauss's "Great House" and while it was well-written, it didn't really engage me. I had the same problem with her latest book, "Forest Dark," which ping pongs between Tel Aviv and New York City. Judaism and writing seem to be the main themes. The title comes from Dante.

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GLNovak
Feb 16, 2018

This book had great reviews so I decided to read it. Too much for me. Two characters who never meet make their way to Tel Aviv to try to fix their blocked lives. One, a writer, hopes she will be able to finally remove the blockage and write her next novel, while at the same time come to terms with her failing marriage and her love for her children. The other, a wealthy lawyer, has divested himself of all his possessions except for two million dollars which he hopes to find a worthy cause to donate it to in honour of his parents. Sounds straightforward, but these two plots are secondary to their endless wondering about their lives, the meaning of their lives, the getting back of their reality, their sense of Jewishness, their sense of the meaning of Jewish history, and on and on. I understand that the author is a very respected person, but for the casual reader like myself, this book was just too much of a slog for me.

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cannoli
Jan 29, 2018

Some interesting insights and impressive writing in the opening pages, but then it is a long, dull slog thereafter. Full of quasi-intellectual posturings of the sort found in a university creative writing workshop. I picked up this novel having read several good press reviews , but I found it disappointingly short on humanity.

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