Forest Dark (2020)

Forest Dark Nicole Krauss Forest Dark Jules Epstein a man whose drive avidity and outsized personality have for sixty eight years been a force to be reckoned with is undergoing a metamorphosis In the wake of his parents deaths his
  • Title: Forest Dark
  • Author: Nicole Krauss
  • ISBN: 9780062430991
  • Page: 413
  • Format: Hardcover
Forest Dark Nicole Krauss Jules Epstein, a man whose drive, avidity, and outsized personality have, for sixty eight years, been a force to be reckoned with, is undergoing a metamorphosis In the wake of his parents deaths, his divorce from his wife of than thirty years, and his retirement from the New York legal firm where he was a partner, he s felt an irresistible need to give away his possJules Epstein, a man whose drive, avidity, and outsized personality have, for sixty eight years, been a force to be reckoned with, is undergoing a metamorphosis In the wake of his parents deaths, his divorce from his wife of than thirty years, and his retirement from the New York legal firm where he was a partner, he s felt an irresistible need to give away his possessions, alarming his children and perplexing the executor of his estate With the last of his wealth, he travels to Israel, with a nebulous plan to do something to honor his parents In Tel Aviv, he is sidetracked by a charismatic American rabbi planning a reunion for the descendants of King David who insists that Epstein is part of that storied dynastic line He also meets the rabbi s beautiful daughter who convinces Epstein to become involved in her own project a film about the life of David being shot in the desert with life changing consequences.But Epstein isn t the only seeker embarking on a metaphysical journey that dissolves his sense of self, place, and history Leaving her family in Brooklyn, a young, well known novelist arrives at the Tel Aviv Hilton where she has stayed every year since birth Troubled by writer s block and a failing marriage, she hopes that the hotel can unlock a dimension of reality and her own perception of life that has been closed off to her But when she meets a retired literature professor who proposes a project she can t turn down, she s drawn into a mystery that alters her life in ways she could never have imagined.Bursting with life and humor, Forest Dark is a profound, mesmerizing novel of metamorphosis and self realization of looking beyond all that is visible towards the infinite.
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  1. Elyse

    But at a certain point the helplessness of our shared love for the children had reached a kind of apex, and then began to decline until it was no longer helpful to our relationship at all, because it only shone a light on how alone each of us was, and, compared to our children, how unloved In our own ways, we had each come to understand that we had lost faith in our marriage And yet we didn t know how to act on this understanding, as one does not know how to act on the understanding, for example [...]

  2. Violet wells

    I ve read all three of Nicole Krauss previous novels and one thing they all have in common is the writer is well concealed behind all the formal artistry In this new novel of hers there s a character called Nicole speaking in the first person with an intelligence at the height of its powers So the first exciting thing about this was the feeling of intimacy with which Krauss seems to speak her mind There are two narratives here The writer Nicole is struggling to write a new novel and is about to [...]

  3. Angela M

    Giving up after 100 pages I have definitely enjoyed Krauss s other novels but I just did not connect with either of the two characters in the dual story lines Just too much of an effort to wade through.

  4. Brina

    Last month I was finally introduced to the writing of Nicole Krauss Craving Jewish themed books to read over the holidays, I had selected her National Book Award finalist Great House and neither the subject matter nor the writing disappointed Shortly after completing this work starring a desk, I starting seeing reviews for Krauss new book Forest Dark Seeing that it is similar in format and that it takes place in Israel, I decided to make reading Krauss latest work before the end of the year a pr [...]

  5. Jill

    If I were a professional book reviewer which I m not I might well have given Forest Dark five stars After all, it s cerebral, intelligently written, thought provoking, and brilliantly complex.But I am simply a reader who likes to capture my reading experience and share my thoughts with others And for me, this book was a thing to be admired rather than loved.There are two parallel stories One is the story of Jules Epstein, who goes missing in Israel after going through a sort of metamorphosis whe [...]

  6. Cecily

    No young child naturally believes that reality is firm.Experiencing a small tear in the fabric of reality can keep the door of doubt ajar.From my late teens to early twenties, I earnestly sought a mystical, personal relationship with God I cast my net narrowly the Anglican church but deeply, devoting hours to bible study, prayer, services, singing, and so on Sometimes I felt a ripple in the waters around me, but whatever caused it always slipped through the net, leaving me wondering if I d imagi [...]

  7. Roger Brunyate

    The Empty SpaceI read this book eagerly and with absorption my reactions ranged from admiration to love All the same, I could easily describe it in such a way that no one would buy it a first person narrative by an author unable to overcome her writer s block, interleaved with the story of a wealthy lawyer who gradually withdraws from normal life The two stories are not even connected, for heaven s sake In the hands of a lesser writer, this could spell disaster But Krauss is not a lesser writer [...]

  8. Rebecca Foster

    Impressive in scope and structure, yet rather frustrating If you re hoping for another History of Love, you re likely to come away disappointed while that book touched the heart this one is mostly cerebral Metafiction, the Kabbalah, and some alternative history featuring Kafka are a few of the major elements, so think about whether those topics attract or repel you Looking deeper, this is a book about Jewish self invention and reinvention, and in that respect is a bit successful than Krauss s e [...]

  9. Lucy Banks

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.Beautiful prose and a fascinating subject matter but I was left wondering what the central point wasRight from the start, I was wowed by the author s stunningly elegant writing such thought provoking language, laid out beautifully in this novel which is half about people, half about the nature of Judaism and indeed, theology in general It s a story about Epstein a man who has it all, then literally gives it all away [...]

  10. Rachel León

    Nicole Krauss is hands down one of my favorite novelists I m in awe of her brilliance Yes, she is a poetic writer who can writes well crafted beautiful sentences, but her intelligence seems other worldly She can craft such a rich story that appears simple on the surface, but is deceptively layered with meaning such is the case with FOREST DARK The story juxtaposes the lives of Epstein, a retired attorney, and Nicole, a novelist The presence of the character of Nicole and the parallels she shares [...]

  11. Ron Charles

    Some readers may wonder if there s a connection between the narrator of Forest Dark and the critically acclaimed novelist Nicole Krauss, who also has two sons and is separated from her husband, Jonathan Safran Foer Nothing in these pages discourages the assumption that Krauss is revealing her own laments about the failure of their marriage, which makes Forest Dark feel uncomfortably passive aggressive an act of relationship revenge with deniability built into its fictive frame In the years that [...]

  12. Sid Nuncius

    I thought Nicole Krauss s Great House was excellent and I was looking forward to this very much Sadly, I thought Forest Dark was self regardingly flashy and ultimately empty.The book centres around two Jewish characters who are, in their different ways, having crises of identity and reassessing both their lives and their relationships with Israel and Judaism Jules Epstein is a hugely successful businessman who begins to give away his possessions and have a sort of holiday from being himself, whi [...]

  13. Kathleen

    My review for the Chicago Tribune chicagotribune lifestyNicole Krauss highly anticipated fourth novel, Forest Dark, is preceded with a variation on the standard this is a work of fiction disclaimer References to real people, events, establishments and organizations or locales are intended only to provide a sense of authenticity and are used fictitiously All other characters, and all incidents and dialogue, are drawn from the author s imagination and are not to be construed as real What is real s [...]

  14. switterbug (Betsey)

    Nicole Krauss has always delivered 5 star books, but FOREST DARK is easily her best and most mesmerizing one to date Poised, elegant, and numinous, it also moved me close to tears and left me exhilarated She explores that liminal space between darkness and light, the internal and external, emptiness and fullness, and between life and death Two unrelated but connected characters and their stories are linked thematically in their quests for spiritual, immaterial completion Jules Epstein, a wealthy [...]

  15. Marialyce

    Midway upon the journey of our lifeI found myself within a forest dark, For the straightforward pathway had been lost Dante Nicole Krauss has written a book of discovery, one that questions what life is and what one needs or doesn t need to lead a life well lived or possibly just plain lived She has created two characters both of them searching for themselves in the land of Israel She makes these characters go through an internal metamorphosis as the land of Israel has done growing into a vibran [...]

  16. Fiona

    I ve given up 30% through this book It s not that I didn t find some enjoyment in reading it, it s that it became harder and harder to pick it up I m not a fan of the two thread novel format generally and, for me, this is a clear example of why.Essentially we have two unrelated people, a female author who feels trapped in both her domestic and professional lives she s held as an icon by the Jewish people who feel she champions them in her writing and resents the role and Epstein, a successful ma [...]

  17. Matt

    I 95% chalk this rating to user error, but I honestly have no idea what was going on in Forest Dark That s not to say that I couldn t follow the plot I could Mostly The story, though I am at a complete loss on the significance the meaning of the whole thing I have a strong sense that someone versed in familiar with Israel and Judaism s scripture stories would be able to decode what Nicole Krauss is going for To me, however, the plot plots never accreted into a recognizable story.

  18. Joachim Stoop

    Nope.I liked Man walks into a room, loved The history of love and even adored Great house, but this last one was a drag than a pleasure to read.I don t mind diving into Jewish culture, identity and historical inner struggles, but it felt as distant to me and yet claustrophobic as Howard Jacobson s The Finkler question I felt that parts of the story just didn t concern me so I wasn t engaged Other parts were long inner monologues and analysis about parenthood, marriage, jews and writing These we [...]

  19. Bettie☯

    Nicole Krauss The self is or less an invention from beginning to end The American author talks about setting her new novel in Tel Aviv and why she brought Kafka into it.

  20. Leah Rachel

    I adored The History of Love when I read it in 2010, its poetic language and twisting tale washing over me like ocean waves So I was thrilled when I heard that Nicole Krauss was releasing a new novel this September called Forest Dark, and even thrilled when it arrived in my mailbox a few weeks ago in exchange for an honest review Forest Dark is an incredible piece of artwork that tells two tales of personal transformation A lawyer, Jules Epstein, has begun to give things away at an alarming rat [...]

  21. Daniel Chaikin

    52 Forest Dark by Nicole Kraussreader Gabra Zackmanpublished 2017format 8 19 Overdrive audiobook 231p, 304 pages in hardcover acquired Librarylistened Nov 29 Dec 8rating 3 Very much a writers book, with a lot of exploration of the imagination sometimes through Jewish mysticism This was tough on me, partially because I am reading a book in the same writer focused abstracted vein at the same time, the combination of the two giving me no respite Krauss follows two characters who never meet, and the [...]

  22. Pedro Casserly

    Una novela compleja y dif cil No por la trama b sica la historia paralela de dos personas, un abogado exitoso y la narradora presuntamente Krauss , que se encuentran en un punto cr tico de su vida y viajan a Israel para reencontrarse con el sentido de la vida Midway upon the journey of our life I found myself within a forest dark For the straightforward pathway had been lost Dante Alighieri, Commedia Lo complejo y dif cil est en la rica expresividad de Krauss en mi caso agregado la lectura en in [...]

  23. Kirsty

    Krauss is one of my favourite authors, and her newest novel, Forest Dark, was one of my most highly anticipated reads of the year Her prose is wonderful, and the entire book has been beautifully, richly, and sensuously written The characters are all multi layered, and teem with complexities Krauss newest work is filled with a plethora of philosophical and scientific ideas, of psychology and the practices and processes of weiring The use of two differing narrative perspectives was effective, and [...]

  24. Greg Zimmerman

    Fiercely smart, incredibly personal, gorgeously written So much to keep in your head, so much to puzzle out I m not sure I did either very well.

  25. Julie

    Before the first chapter, the reader is hit with a Kafka quote about expulsion from paradise and how paradise might be where we are now regardless of what we perceive Okay, Kafka said it better but that s the bare bones of it So, yes, this novel had my attention right off the bat And that Kafka quote is at the core of what the story is about especially as it refers to that indestructible part of us that resides in paradise, a paradise of understanding that everything is as it should be and that [...]

  26. Claire

    When an author tries to write a tour de force, she d better be certain it is in her power The book is boring and while well written, did not provoke any emotion with me, good or bad There is one exception I disliked the obvious parllel between her life and that one of her MC An attack on an ex deliberate or not who is also a famous writer, has no place in a novel It doesn t add anything, but takes away.

  27. Mary Lins

    Forest Dark , by Nicole Krauss, is a very unusual novel in structure, plot and tone It s my first time reading Krauss, so I can t compare it with her highly acclaimed previous novels, but I did enjoy its uniqueness.The novel is structured with two alternating narratives In the first, we have Epstein, a 68 year old Jewish man father of three adults and recently divorced Epstein is a complex character resistant to easy categorization He has decided to divest himself of his considerable fortune, an [...]

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