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A Tale of Love and Darkness Paperback – November 1, 2005
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Amos grew up a solitary child, encouraged to entertain himself while his parents worked. Always a writer at heart, he believed that "it was not enough for me to be intelligent, rational, good, sensitive, creative." He often felt he was a "one-child show...a non-stop performance," always on display to the relatives, his accomplishments never seeming to be enough.
In this elaborate, non-linear autobiography, Oz and his family are seen as archetypal immigrants to Jerusalem, people who arrived when the land was still under British rule and who helped create a new homeland, arguing ferociously about the direction the country should take and the leaders who should lead it. The history of Jerusalem combines with the author's own genealogical records and his memories about his early family life to create a broad picture of the society in which he grew up and in which his writing talent took root.
Detailed, highly descriptive, and filled with introspection about his unusual life, the book shows the tensions within the society and within his family. After his mother's suicide when he was twelve, he broke with his father, joined a kibbutz, and, at fifteen changed his name.Read more ›
As others have said better than I: It's a history of Palestine (pre-Israel), the autobiography of a writer, the way that European Jews experienced lower class/lower middle class life Palestine in the late 30's, early 40's, and all the myriad influences and people that created the great Amos Oz, who is surprisingly modest throughout. REALLY modest.
Yes, as others have said, Oz is my favorite author. BUT, no one should imagine that this will be an easy read, because it is not. It isn't written to excite;is not plot-driven but meditative and far-ranging, as well as non-linear. It differs from Oz' other work, both novels and non-fiction, in that way. It is a long march and the reader must do some hard work to keep up with chronology and mostly to keep one's interest going.
Do not buy this because of a few sensationalist views. Buy this, and yes, I too believe it is a MASTERPIECE, truly AMAZING-- if you are interested in: writing, Israel, Kibbutz life, in exile and hope, in situational despair, in character portraits, and in Oz himself.
His mother's death IS utterly wrenching but hardly the main story and his father comes to life through Oz' genius, as well as his unhappy O how unhappy mom. Also, beware that because he meanders hither and yon, when her death happens it hurts, man o does it!Read more ›
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A fine memoir from Amos Oz. More than 500 pages that read compellingly--politics, youthful yearnings, dreams of independence. The translation is very fine.Published 3 days ago by Bob Taylor
A poignant story about loss and love and the birth of a nation. Up lifting. Learned a lot about the history of Israel, its founders, seen from the view point of a childhood... Read morePublished 18 days ago by zaida g knight
This is an amazing book, one of my favorite books ever. A gifted writer, Amos Oz is a great descriptive narrator.Published 23 days ago by Ronald de Jong
When I got to the end, I cried--then went right back to the beginning to read again.Published 1 month ago by Christopher N. Brooks
This book is amazing. It's almost brand new. The cover and pages were not even fold over.Published 1 month ago by Ruly Rivas
Gripping story of family love and dysfunction in a hopeful and dysfunctional society. I like that it is a tale; who knows truth/fact/history??Published 3 months ago by ritairons
This book takes a while to get into. I kept wanting to skip the detail and cut to the chase, to the action. Read morePublished 4 months ago by the Book Reader