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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.
My only regret is that I read it too quickly and now I am finished. Powerful, emotional and transforming. WowPublished 1 month ago by Eve
Interesting book, well written with great plot and ideas to ponderPublished 2 months ago by Barbara Weller Pond
I read this book when it first came out in 2006. All I remember of it was that I loved it.
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World to come was full of word pictures. The characters were as ephemeral and haunting as the paintings from which they emerged and to which they gave meaning, at once a history,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Brigga Näherin
This is one of my favorite books of all time. I have read it about a half of a dozen times =)Published 3 months ago by Amanda H.
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 5 months 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 7 months ago by Readerrover