Forest Dark

Forest Dark

Book - 2017
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Jules Epstein has vanished from the world. He leaves no trace but a rundown flat patrolled by a solitary cockroach, and a monogrammed briefcase abandoned in the desert. To Epstein's mystified family, the disappearance of a man whose drive and avidity have been a force to be reckoned with for sixty-eight years marks the conclusion of a gradual fading. This transformation began in the wake of Epstein's parents' deaths, and continued with his divorce after more than thirty-five years of marriage, his retirement from a New York legal firm, and the rapid shedding of possessions he'd spent a lifetime accumulating. With the last of his wealth and a nebulous plan, he departs for the Tel Aviv Hilton.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing London : 2017
ISBN: 9781408871782
9781408871799
Branch Call Number: AF KRAU

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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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