A Guide for the Perplexed by Dara Horn

By Dara Horn

The incomparable Dara Horn returns with a spellbinding novel of the way know-how alterations reminiscence and the way reminiscence shapes the soul.

Software prodigy Josie Ashkenazi has invented an program that documents every little thing its clients do. whilst an Egyptian library invitations her to go to as a expert, her jealous sister Judith persuades her to head. yet in Egypt’s postrevolutionary chaos, Josie is abducted—leaving Judith loose to take over Josie’s existence at domestic, together with her husband and daughter, whereas Josie’s expertise for protecting stories turns into a shocking try out of her empathy and her merely technique of escape.

A century past, one other visitor arrives in Egypt: Solomon Schechter, a Cambridge professor trying to find a medieval archive hidden in a Cairo synagogue. either he and Josie are haunted by way of the paintings of the medieval thinker Moses Maimonides, a physician and rationalist who sought to reconcile religion and technological know-how, future and unfastened will. yet what Schechter unearths, as he tracks down the remnants of a thousand-year-old community’s once-vibrant existence, will exhibit the ability and perils of what Josie’s inventive paintings brings into being: an international the place not anything is ever forgotten.

An engrossing event that intertwines tales from Genesis, medieval philosophy, and the electronic frontier, A advisor for the Perplexed is a singular of profound internal which means and surprising imagination.

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And although some zoologists have suggested that the living clouded leopard of South Asia qualifies as an incipient form of sabertooth because of its long canines, the similarities between sabertooths and this extant felid are limited and rather superficial. The history of sabertooths spans an enormous length of geological time. Although the latest species, such as the famous Smilodon fatalis from Rancho la Brea, disappeared “only” ten thousand years ago, the earliest mammalian sabertooths lived some 50 million years ago (or Ma) in the Eocene of North America.

Therapsid sabertooths were obviously predatory too, but – unlike other sabertooths – they lacked any substantial dentition behind their canines, and they would have swallowed large chunks of meat whole, in truly reptilian fashion. Other groups of mammals have developed elongated upper canines, more or less like sabers in appearance, but their function is related to display, defense, intraspecific aggression, or the manipulation of food items, rather than the hunting of large prey. Therefore, these creatures – including the extant musk deer, chevrotains, and walruses, as well as the bizarre, Sabertooth vaguely rhino-like uintatheres of the American Eocene – do not qualify as sabertooths.

34 the carcasses of the first victims started a “chain reaction” of carnivore trappings, so this is not a carnivore trap in the full sense. Incarcal Another site that may have operated partly as a carnivore trap is Incarcal, in Girona, in northeastern Spain. This is a complex of karst cavities (nine cavities are currently known) in Pliocene lacustrine limestone filled with fossiliferous sediments. Similar cavities, or sinkholes, exist today in the vicinity of Lake Banyoles, not far from Incarcal, and they fill up when the water table is high.

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