In the Image

In the Image A young woman s coming of age a romantic love story and a spiritual journey each infused with the lessons of history In the Image is an extraordinary first novel illuminated by spiritual exploration

  • Title: In the Image
  • Author: Dara Horn
  • ISBN: 9780393325263
  • Page: 482
  • Format: Paperback
  • A young woman s coming of age, a romantic love story, and a spiritual journey each infused with the lessons of history.In the Image is an extraordinary first novel illuminated by spiritual exploration, one that remembers a language, a literature, a held hand, an entire world lived and breathed in the image of God Bill Landsmann, an elderly Jewish refugee in a New JerseyA young woman s coming of age, a romantic love story, and a spiritual journey each infused with the lessons of history.In the Image is an extraordinary first novel illuminated by spiritual exploration, one that remembers a language, a literature, a held hand, an entire world lived and breathed in the image of God Bill Landsmann, an elderly Jewish refugee in a New Jersey suburb with a passion for travel, is obsessed with building his slide collection of images from the Bible that he finds scattered throughout the world The novel begins when he crosses paths with his granddaughter s friend, Leora, and continues by moving forward through her life and backward through his, revealing the unexpected links between his family s past and her family s future.Not just a first novel but a cultural event a wedding of secular and religious forms of literature In the Image neither lives in the past nor seeks to escape it, but rather assimilates it, in the best sense of the word, honoring what is lost and finding, among the lost things, the treasures that can renew the present.

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    1. Dara Horn

      Dara Horn, the author of the novels All Other Nights, The World to Come, and In the Image, is one of Granta s Best Young American Novelists and the winner of two National Jewish Book Awards She lives in New Jersey with her husband and four children.


    1. The most successful novel of 2002, indeed the most successful debut novel in many years, began with the murder of a teenage girl. To a nation bathed in grief from Sept. 11 and terrorized by stories of child abductions, "The Lovely Bones" offered a voice of bittersweet reassurance about the immortality of our loved ones.Is there room, at this moment, for another intensely spiritual novel that opens with the murder of a teenage girl? If not, make room. "In the Image," by Dara Horn, is a work of ra [...]

    2. I love the language of this book, although the story is a bit convoluted. I finished feeling like I missed something, and I feel as though I need to read it again. Two of my favorite lines:"Funny, Leora thought to herself as she listened to the story, how both babies and old people have such unbelievably tight grips with their hands, on the edges of life, everyone is afraid to let go.""An ordinary person, she theorized, was one who could easily divide her life into groups of years so predictable [...]

    3. One of those "we-are-all-connected" books, but with a Jewish slantd actually not annoying the way that might sound. I would think that Leora is our protagonist, with her blunt semi-secular ways, but there are whole chapters dedicated to her dead best friend's grandfather, an ex-boyfriend, and distant relatives of the late 1800s.

    4. After reading and loving Horn’s second novel The World to Come, I decided to read her other two novels. In the Image is her first effort, published in 2002, when Horn was in the midst of her graduate studies in comparative literature, with a focus on Yiddish literature. This first published novel clearly shows the talent of this writer. Not only does she know how to tell a good story (her knowledge of Yiddish literature serves her, and us, very well), but she also is a beautiful writer of Engl [...]

    5. A well crafted book of substance. Not that easy to get into at first but well worth persisting. I loved the rich language and the parallel experiences of Bill and Leora visiting the Rijksmuseum and discovering the dolls houses.

    6. Ik las het in het Nederlands: Evenbeeld van Dara HornEen magisch-realistische mix van geschiedenis, generaties, Joods leven, switch tussen 20e eeuws Amsterdam en 21ste eeuws New York én romantisch verhaal in mooie bewoordingen.

    7. This actually accomplishes everything the execrable Family Orchard claims it does. It's a wonderful first novel.

    8. This is a fantastic book -- I call it Jewish magical realism. There's a modern interpretation on the Book of Job in there as well. It's all about connections we don't always see.

    9. Interessant boek. Mooi geschreven. Alleen de laatste 2 hoofdstukken wordt het vaag en vraag ik me af: waarom? Waarom zo dromerig/ wazig? Waarom de verschillende verhaallijnen? Wat is de bindende factor? Waarom dit boek? Het voelt alsof er iets mist, iets waardoor de brokstukken van het boek niet bij elkaar komen, maar alles aan het einde juist uiteen valt.

    10. In The Image, by Dara Horn, is one of those books that evolves through the characters’ coming of age, journeying towards peace and acceptance, and sojourning towards spiritual identity. One young girl (Leora)l learns to accept the death of her best friend, through the slide images of her best friend’s grandfather. Leora learns to overcome her fear of loss and allows herself to fall in love.“Accidents of fate are rarely fatal accidents, but once in a while they are.”The grandfather (Bill [...]

    11. Like Dara Horn’s other books, this one is thought-provoking and beautifully written (though for my taste she does go overboard at times, e.g. : “Anna’s homecoming kiss burned his lips like an angel searing his pink mouth with a glowing coal.” or “As he glanced at his signature on the check, he felt as if he had just signed a marriage contract, written in fire on a glowing coal buried miles beneath the ground, that Leora would only discover in time after it had turned into the most glor [...]

    12. This is a novel well crafted around the notion that humans are in fact created in the image of God and therefore images of all kinds: photographs, paintings, dreams, musings, memories, etc. are sacred. Some may be perverse but nonetheless represent some facet of God;s created order. From various Hebrew perspectives: Hassidic, contemporary, conservative (I do not know all the sects), stories are told and family lines mingle. One man's life is compared to the ancient Job due to the significant har [...]

    13. tangling history and modernity with questions of fate and free-will, this book occupied my complete attention, and now all i want to do is take dara horn for tea. my treat! i think what's invaluable about in the image is how accessible and relevant it makes hebrew legend, and jewish history & scholarship to ignorant but interested people, like myself. (confession: i'm a little in love with leora.) i also think people who are feeling trapped may benefit from reading horn's work, because, in a [...]

    14. I actually would give this book 2 1/2 stars if I could. I felt this book had so much more potential; or perhaps I just prefer stories with clearer conclusions and more compassionate characters. I liked the way the author wove the tale through the past and the present. I found the connection with the Book of Job quite intricately written and knowledgeable; so much so that I was compelled to compare it with the actual Old Testament (Torah) reading. How Jake and Yehuda (Jason)'s paths intersected w [...]

    15. Went back and forth between three and four stars on thisI would have said three stars after reading it, but then we had our book club meeting, and the others there were so eloquent about why they liked it as much as they did that I began to feel, in retrospect, as if I liked it more than I had when I read it. But, in the end, there was something about the style that distanced me from the novel, and while I found it interesting and well-executed, it still generally left me cold. And the ending co [...]

    16. I liked this book a lot, it's one of the books in which you are following different threads, not knowing for quite a while how they will be woven together. I feel like I can't give it justice in this review since I had surgery and read several books since I finished this one. I like how the author jumps around in time and place and takes us on a journey. She doesn't lose control of the story or lose my interest through out the entire book. I did not like how the author ended the book with a drea [...]

    17. I read this in about a day, on the plane to and from Chicago. It's perfect travel reading, because it's totally absorbing. I actually loved the interesting tricks Dara Horn plays with the form at the end, writing the end of a novel that's been running parallel to the Book of Job exactly the same way as the Book of Job itself is written. And I love the way the strands of the plot come together unexpectedly, and that the main character turns out not to be exactly who you thought it was. Really lov [...]

    18. This book intriuged me, but it did not delight me. I kept waiting to figure out what it was about--and I never did succeed. It starts with an unlikely friendship between a yound woman and an older man, her best friend's grandfather, and then it goes off into HIS past and her present/future, and they don't really interact anymoreThere were some parts that I liked a lot, and some thoughts/concepts that I appreciated a lot. But in the end it left me puzzled and unfulfilled because I still felt that [...]

    19. Very interesting novel with lots of bibilical references and Jewish cultural references, and the author definitely has a way with words, but I do think she bit off more than she could chew with this one. She tried to do too much and I left it feeling as another reviewer stated, like I missed something. There were too many strands of story that didn't get tied up at the end. I also feel that I didn't know, or feel sympathy for the main character, Leora. I haven't read any other novels by this aut [...]

    20. Dara Horn continues to impress me. I was surprised to find, upon finishing this book, that it was her first work of fiction. I find it to be more original than "The World to Come." I also really appreciate that Dara has pushed herself to write in different eras with her latest work, "All Other Nights," which I also thoroughly enjoyed. It got me through a long day at Dulles airport this summer. Keep up the great writing, Dara. We need more modern female voices in Jewish literature like yours.

    21. This book grew on me very slowly. Very. But by the end, I cared about all the characters. I wished them all well. I loved their growth and warmth. The end does not meet the begining well --- Horn needed a better editor. But the book has a lovely story, a lovely merging of places and people. I loved the threads of the novel - never forced, just beautifully captured - the tefillin, the slides, the dollhouses. I find Horn a beautiful writer and she tells fascinating stories. I will be reading more. [...]

    22. The author begins describing her main character as a tourist, and that is a very adequate description of how the book reads. There are some truly breathtaking images painted which make you admire them for what they are, rather than how they flow with the rest of the book. Jumping around several generations was a bit disorienting at first, but by the middle I appreciated the greater depth they contributed to the novel. Worth it to hang in until the end. Nothing quite like the Book of Job in moder [...]

    23. I can't remember now where I heard great things about this one, but I read the first chapter and though, Okay, so-so, and then the second chapter turned out to be a completely separate entity and I thought, Oh, no! It is one of these short story collections masquerading as a novel! And the short story bit wasn't even satisfying enough to keep reading. Perhaps a matter of personal taste, but I returned this one to the library post-haste.

    24. This was an interestingly written novel about Jewish immigrants at the turn of the century - choices made and choices not made, how they affect not only themselves but future generations. I forced myself to finish it. It was very disjointed and difficult to follow the multiple characters through multiple generations and locations in the world. I felt like I was missing some important knowledge to understand the significance of some of the events.

    25. This was an intriguing book. The history and the emotional details were absorbing. I liked her theme of some people being tourists in their own lives and that we can stop being tourists by getting involved in relationships with other people. There is a really cool comment on the back flap of the book: "ople are not helplessly defined by their experiences, but ultimately shaped by how they react to them."

    26. I read this because I adored "The World to Come", so I was a little disappointed but definitely liked lots of bits and pieces of this novel. Particularly good about linking the current generation to earlier Eastern European immigrants to the US, how to look for a good diamond, description of tefillin, shopping at Costco (really funny). The novel's structure and storyline did not seem cohesive to me, and I felt like I did not care so much for the characters

    27. I enjoyed The World to Come so much that I wanted to go back and pick up this one. It shares Horn's elegant writing, interweaving of families, and Jewish history, but is just not as appealing a story. The protagonist is rather angst-ridden and I wasn't in the mood for angst.

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