Forest Dark by 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 divorce from his wife of more 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 estat...

Details Forest Dark

TitleForest Dark
Release DateSep 12th, 2017
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Literary Fiction, Did Not Finish

Reviews Forest Dark

  • 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...
  • 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 writ...
  • 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 read...
  • 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 miss...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 reinventio...
  • Cosimo
    Tu esci di casa“Alla fine ci siamo ammalati di sapere. Ad essere sinceri, io detesto Cartesio e non ho mai capito per quale motivo il suo assioma debba essere fiduciosamente ritenuto la base incrollabile di ogni cosa. Più lui parla di seguire sempre la stessa direzione per uscire dalla foresta, più io mi sento attratta dall'idea di perdermi in quella foresta, dove un tempo vivevamo nella meraviglia, nella consapevolezza che il nostro stupore ...
  • 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 was...Right 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 Epst...
  • 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...
  • 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 wi...
  • 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 possession...
  • 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 spir...
  • 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 metamorphos...
  • Kathleen
    My review for the Chicago Tribune: 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 ...
  • 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 wri...
  • Ellie
    The story of a young writer paralyzed by writer's block (a writer named Nicole, instantly evoking questions about Krauss' own life) and a parallel story to hers of a 68 year old lawyer who has forced his way to success throughout his life. Both crave a different kind of experience, one of openness, emptiness, an acceptance of the here and now. But not in their homes in New York City but in Israel, a country to which both have strong ties.One step...
  • Lark Benobi
    It feels likely that if this novel were sent over the transom from a previously unpublished writer it would never have found an agent much less a publisher. The adjectives that came to mind as I read included "turgid," "boring," "overwrought," "portentous," "pointless," and "self-absorbed." Even so I was determined to set all these judgments aside. I tried instead to think of this novel as a kind of found art. What if I had found this manuscript ...
  • 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 more 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...
  • 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 more 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 analys...
  • Sam
    Review TK.
  • 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 more 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 ...
  • Christine Bonheure
    ‘De geschiedenis van de liefde’ vond ik vijf sterren waard. ‘Donker woud’ situeert zich aan het andere eind van de appreciatieboog. Wat een afschuwelijk boek! Het heeft nochtans de prijs beste boek 2017 gewonnen en krijgt overal voortreffelijke recensies. Maar ik vind er niks aan. Na 163 pagina’s zat ik nog niet in het verhaal. Ik heb dan maar wijselijk besloten het boek dicht te slaan om nooit meer te openen. Al die uitweidingen, dat g...
  • Pedro Casserly
    Una novela compleja y difícil. No por la trama básica: la historia paralela de dos personas, un abogado exitoso y la narradora (presuntamente Krauss), que se encuentran en un punto crítico 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 difícil está en...
  • 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 t...
  • 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 ...
  • BookOfCinz
    I wanted to love this book. I wanted to immerse myself into the story and really love all the characters. I wanted Nicole Krauss to take me away on an unforgettable journey, that is what I wanted but I did not get. This is a novel that I would call, elegant, rich and deep. There are times the prose was so thick my head hurt. It felt really dense and I just could not get over how heavy every thing was. Its almost as if I was looking through a very...