The World to Come

The World to Come

Downloadable Audiobook - 2006 | Unabridged
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An intoxicating combination of mystery, spirituality, redemption, piety, and passion, The World To Come is Dara Horn's follow-up to her breakout, critically acclaimed debut novel In the Image. Using a real-life art heist as her starting point, Horn traces the life and times of several characters, including Russian-born artist Marc Chagall and the New Jersey–based Ziskind family. Benjamin Ziskind, a former child prodigy, now spends his days writing questions for a television trivia show. After Ben's twin sister, Sara, forces him to attend a singles cocktail party at a Jewish museum, Ben spots Over Vitebsk, a Chagall sketch that once hung in the twins' childhood home. Convinced the painting was stolen from his family, Ben steals the work of art and enlists Sara to create a forgery to replace it. While trying to evade the police, Ben attempts to find the truth of how the painting got to the museum.From a Jewish orphanage in 1920s Soviet Russia where Marc Chagall brought art to orphaned Jewish boys, to a junior high school in Newark, New Jersey, with a stop in the jungles of Da Nang, Vietnam, Horn weaves a story of mystery, romance, folklore, history and theology into a spellbinding modern tale. Richly satisfying and utterly unique, her novel opens the door to "the world to come"-not life after death, but the world we create through our actions right now.
Publisher: [United States] : Tantor Audio : Made available through hoopla, 2006
Edition: Unabridged
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (13hr., 30 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Dufris, William
hoopla digital
ISBN: 9781400122301
1400122309

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Oct 08, 2018

This was a lovely story. It contains Jewish history, family history, family saga, artwork, writing, forgeries, Jewish mythology and more. It's a lot to be contained in these pages. And it works. Dara Horn manages to show, through a painting, a family and a history that being able to recognize the real from the forgery is what matters most.
I loved the Jewish mythology or legends sprinkled throughout. The paradise of the Mortals & Natals is marvelous story. I loved that section.
Well told, great story, wonderful imagery.

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