A Guide for the Perplexed

A Guide for the Perplexed

A Novel

Book - 2013
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While consulting at an Egyptian library, software prodigy Josie Ashkenazi is kidnapped and her talent for preserving memories becomes her only means of escape as the power of her ingenious work is revealed, while jealous sister Judith takes over Josie's life at home
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393064896
Characteristics: 342 pages ; 25 cm


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May 02, 2016

I loved this book. As another reviewer wrote, it is a fascinating mix of the tech world, scholarly Judaism, memory and family. Although the principle religions within the story are Judaism and Islam, the premise of changing the past is truly a Buddhist one.
A great read, a thought provoking meal.

multcolib_alisonk Oct 30, 2014

One of those books that keeps tumbling around in my brain though I read it a while ago. I loved the intersection of technology and history, and the what ifs around memory, meaning and the self. I also learned about Genizahs - repositories for what we librarians called 'weeded' documents, and the sacred way that they are treated. The timeline can be a bit confusing, but the questions Horn raises are fascinating. This would make an excellent book for discussion.

Apr 23, 2014

A Guide for the Perplexed is the title of a book by Maimonides, or Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimon, so it's use at the title of this book is rather bizarre.


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