By Bruce Bauman
While the tragic demise of his son compels Dr. Neil Downs to escape big apple urban for India, he's taking a role because the resident health care professional on the American Embassy, the place he's brought to the paradoxes of Indian social and political existence. not able to mourn, and indignant a few betrayal at the a part of his spouse, Sarah, Neil seeks philosophical safe haven within the writings of Levi Furstenblum, whose paintings grapples with the character of language and god after Auschwitz. even as, he turns into concerned with a prestigious Indian family members and kinds a bond with Holika, the rebellious, activist niece of the family's business and political doyen. With this courting, Neil discovers the intrigues and the horrors that plague a society now not varied to the only he left in the back of. via a posh interaction among the exterior and inner, overseas and household, the guarantees of religion and the ineluctability of evil, Neil slowly unravels the lies and misrepresentations that had woven the feel of his existence.
This tightly plotted novel should be impossible to resist to somebody who yearns for confirmation in spirituality and issues of the center. a gorgeous reinterpretation of the Abraham and Isaac sacrifice fantasy, And the observe used to be is bound to go away readers profoundly moved.
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And the Word Was by Bruce Bauman