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At the center of the story is Benjamin Ziskind, a former child prodigy who 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 wrongfully taken from his family, Ben steals the work of art and enlists his twin to create a forgery to replace the stolen Chagall. What follows is a series of interwoven stories that trace the life and times of the famous painting, and the fate of those who come into contact with it.
From a Jewish orphanage in 1920s Soviet Russia to a junior high school in Newark, New Jersey, with a stop in the jungles of Da Nang, Vietnam, Horn takes readers on an amazing journey through the sacred and the profane elements of the human condition. It is this expertly rendered juxtaposition of the spiritual with the secular that makes The World to Come so profound, and so compelling to readers. As we learn near the end of the beautiful tale, "The real world to come is down below--the world, in the future, as you create it." --Gisele Toueg --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The stories of the characters living today are never completed or fully developed. Ends oddly. Seems to jump around more than is interesting or useful. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Martha
A confusing story about multiple people - or maybe the same people - not sure. Some things happen in Russia, others happen in Israel.....clearly needed an editor. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Readerrover
Flat dialogue, a pretty convoluted plot, no real understanding of narrative momentum, and characters that are as thin as the paper they're printed on. I wasn't a fan.Published 2 months ago by Katie McGinnis
The book itself is rather difficult to read unless you devote yourself to it but the story is great and if you like history, great.Published 2 months ago by Faye Truskowski