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  • Title: In a Dark Wood
  • Author: Marcel Möring Shaun Whiteside
  • ISBN: 9780066212418
  • Page: 368
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In a rich tapestry of styles, fantasy, and philosophical speculations, Marcel M ring leads us on a voyage through the dark heart of the twentieth century and through a vivid exploration of loss and guilt Loosely based on Dante s Inferno, this ambitious and enthralling novel an in depth study of Europeans angst and fear after the Holocaust confirms M ring s place among tIn a rich tapestry of styles, fantasy, and philosophical speculations, Marcel M ring leads us on a voyage through the dark heart of the twentieth century and through a vivid exploration of loss and guilt Loosely based on Dante s Inferno, this ambitious and enthralling novel an in depth study of Europeans angst and fear after the Holocaust confirms M ring s place among the ranks of the most important European writers of his generation Die Welt.1945 Jacob Noah emerges from hiding to discover that his family has perished under the Nazis Rebuilding his life, Noah becomes a shoemaker in the Dutch town of Assen Over the years, he patiently expands his business and eventually becomes the city s most influential entrepreneur Yet success cannot alleviate his loneliness and suffering nor the tragedy of history.Nearly forty years later, this dispirited, loveless man veers off the road in a tragic accident But instead of entering death s abyss, Noah finds himself on a journey through his soul Guided by a peddler, he descends into the town s smoky center, a manmade hell reminiscent of Dante s Inferno But it is not until he encounters a young man named Marcus Kolpa, a respected intellectual struggling with the implications of his Jewish identity and the shared history of his people, that Noah is able to truly understand the meaning of his own life and the tragedies he has experienced.
    In a Dark Wood In a rich tapestry of styles fantasy and philosophical speculations Marcel M ring leads us on a voyage through the dark heart of the twentieth century and through a vivid exploration of loss and gu

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    1. M ring deserves to be much widely read All you BBB Big Brainy Book readers who ve yet to venture along the path to the wood, get thee onmiddelijk naar een Bookery and be prepared for verrukking The blurb does not disappoint.The usual hi jinx of free wheeling typography, po mo antix, literary allusion, delusion and collusion with the maestri of yore abound, but these are subtle rather than salacious, reflecting the author s exuberance in the form rather than any overt intent to impress with undo [...]

    2. Hell and nothing but that That is the world.In a Dark Wood A Novel is an urgent retelling of the Inferno as by Patrick White Ulysses, The Odyssey and The Flounder are all at play There are also motorcycles, plenty of them and beer This tale may involve survival but certainly not redemption I have my doubts about the former as the central character emerges damaged and bereft, a healing transformation isn t in the cards What was actualized within the novel was the incontinence of memory and a dimi [...]

    3. 1 There are many as new copies of this floating around on the interwebs for less than 12 The guardian review says His restless, inventive narrative continually redefines itself as social satire, cosmic tragedy, soft porn, metaphysical speculation There s an eight page excursion into graphic mode, and the novel is punctuated by playful visuals a character s orgasmic cries are erratically spaced out on the page, while the thoughts that float around Jacob like fireflies are represented as free flow [...]

    4. No time for a proper review, but suffice it to say this is excellent and should be of particular interest to those Barth Coover fans out there you know who you are

    5. A Dutch Jew is hidden in a hole by a farmer for several years during World War II After the war is over, the man returns to reclaim his family s cobbler shop, now an Aryan Bookstore With hard work and business acumen he turns the shop into the premier downtown department store and become one of the biggest landowners and entrepreneurs in town Even after the war, because he was a Jew, he was banned from the Chamber of Commerce, and to some extent his entrepreneurial success is a type of revenge a [...]

    6. I think this was too post modern for my liking, it reminded me of having a conversation with my mother in lawoff on a tangent here, off on a tangent there and the tangents are so long and winding that I forget what we were originally talking about I really like the cover though.

    7. As the dust jacket states it s loosely based on Dante s Inferno yes, but very loosely Jacob Noah materializes from his hiding place in the woods in 1945 to find that his family and most of his friends have died at the hands of the Nazis and he s faced with reestablishing himself in a changed world At gunpoint, he quickly reclaims his family s business from a Dutch Nationalist who has renamed it The Aryan Bookshop, and goes forth into a lonely and unhappy future to become the town s most successf [...]

    8. In a Dark Wood, by Marcel Moring is a compelling book, and one that was difficult to write my thoughts on due to the intensity of the prose, underlying themes, strong metaphors and the overall contents of the novel, part of which is slightly based on Dante s Inferno, which is the first part of Dante s poem, The Divine Comedy.Marcel Moring s brilliance radiates throughout the pages, and his masterful writing is intense and filled with much to ponder, from metaphors to religious symbolism I highly [...]

    9. The author begins his novel with quotes from Isaiah I said In the midst of my days I shall go to the gates of hell and Eric Idle You come from nothing, you re going back to nothing What ve you lost Nothing This gallows humor flows through Moring s narrative, really many narratives, but two main, related, somwhat parallel stories Jacob Noah, a Dutch Holocaust survivor, seemingly although this is never clearly spelled out dies in a car crash, and we see past and present merge as he reaches a deten [...]

    10. The heart of the heart The midst of the battle Midway through our lives, when we find ourselves in a dark wood In the shit That s where we are now Readers who enjoy modern writers like James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and Milan Kundera will enjoy Marcel M ring s haunting prose about the emptiness and guilt felt by Jacob Noah, a Holocaust survivor led on a strange journey by the Jew of Assen and Marcus Kolpa, a young man full of promise who drifts unmoored in post war Holland Set in the prosperous and [...]

    11. I tried I really tried I wanted this book to be one of those written using a non traditional story telling strategy, that you love because it is so different Well, it s different all right different in a My mother is a fish kind of way, but without the Faulknerian brilliance to back it up I gave up after getting at least two thirds of the way through it maybe I m just out of practice reading modernist literature I loved Joyce but haven t read him in decades can t take Kundera I may try again, as [...]

    12. Some great material that unfortunately never really gave birth to what the author was expecting Hard for me to dislike though Moring has a fascinating style that just has to be tightened and given a clear path to the target in order to work Some fascinating maybe a little heavy handed allusions and themes I d be interested in reading his other works to see if Moring becomes any precise.

    13. Definitely did have a few intriguing poetic phases I thought the topic and plot were very interesting but the overall structure of the story line was a bit unattractive It was a bit hard to follow but overall I would say I did enjoy the read I WOULD RECOMMEND IT to others.

    14. What a disaster this book is Half the time I didn t know who the story was following, it only used pronouns not names The book was all over the place with characters and nothing seemed interconnected at all Did I just not get it I picked it up as a proof copy, thankfully not paid for.

    15. Although I had this book for over a month, I didn t finish it before it was due to the library, without any possibilities for renewal.I would love to finish it, but I don t know when I ll get the chance.

    16. I just could not read this right now Way to hard to follow and pretty depressing Maybe one day I will come back to it

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