02 June 2013

A Guide for the Perplexed; Dara Horn

A Guide for the PerplexedA Guide for the Perplexed by Dara Horn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Another book with a lot of promise, but ultimately it didn't quite make it.

There are two main timelines here, and one smaller sub-timeline. The first is modern day, the story of Josie, a computer genius who has created a program that essentially records every thing about your life and then sorts it (ultimately it will develop the ability to predict things about your life); Josie, while married and a mother, has little empathy or ability to appreciate that which isn't numbers/computer-related. While in Egypt, she's kidnapped and forced to code - when not coding, she's reading "A Guide for the Perplexed". The second is set in the 1890s, partly in England and partly in Egypt, a fictionalized account of Solomon Schecter's "discovery" of a major cache of documents that includes the aforementioned Guide (the sub-timeline concerns Maimonides and his writing of the Guide).

Sounds interesting, right? And at times, it really was but... I wanted more about the Guide itself. What did it contain? How did reading it change (or not change) Josie? Or any other readers? The Guide doesn't really appear in the book except in snippets, sadly. More of that would have been nice - particularly compared with Josie's almost ASD approach.

ARC provided by publisher.

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