A Guide for the Perplexed - Dara Horn

So many reviews I read gushed over this one but my reaction was lukewarm at best. I really disliked the 'taken hostage' part of the story-- it was just too brutal for my delicate sensibilities. The novel is really three threads of narrative--two historical and one entirely fictional--woven into one book and held together with a bit of philosophic digression. This one is not going on my re-read shelf.