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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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I like it a lot.
Learn about life in Israel before and after its independence
Beautiful mellifluous prose. Interesting history intertwined with personal history.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Beautifully written, poignant and full of eye-witness history of the formation of Israel. Moving and informative.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The movie with Natalie Portman was a lot better.
The book is very slow.
As I neared the finish of Oz's A Tale of Love and Darkness I slowed down, not wanting it to end. The author uses the device of repeat and build with about a dozen - of hundreds -... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Miriam C. Jacobs
It was boring. No bonding. I stopped reading the book after 65 pages. I loved Oz style in the past, but not this time.Published 3 months ago by Nitzan
He writes beautifully, but the story drags on too much. I did not finish it.Published 3 months ago by Marcia Mednick