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A Tale of Love and Darkness

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ISBN13: 9780156032520
ISBN10: 015603252x
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"Touching, haunting, wrenching, amusing, and sometimes downright hilarious . . . This book is both richly panoramic and intensely personal . . . one of the most enchanting and deeply satisfying books that I have read in many years."--Robert Alter, The New Republic

Tragic, comic, and utterly honest, A Tale of Love and Darkness is at once a family saga and a magical self-portrait of a writer who witnessed the birth of a nation and lived through its turbulent history.

It is the story of a boy growing up in the war-torn Jerusalem of the forties and fifties, in a small apartment crowded with books in twelve languages and relatives speaking nearly as many. The story of an adolescent whose life has been changed forever by his mother's suicide when he was twelve years old. The story of a man who leaves the constraints of his family and its community of dreamers, scholars, and failed businessmen to join a kibbutz, change his name, marry, have children. The story of a writer who becomes an active participant in the political life of his nation.

"It is impossible to give a full account of this book's riches."--The Washington Post Book World

"A[n] . . . ingenious work that circles around the rise of a state, the tragic destiny of a mother, a boy's creation of a new self."--The New Yorker

"Detailed and beautiful . . . As he writes about himself and his family, Oz is also writing part of the history of the Jews."--Los Angeles Times

Amos Oz is the author of numerous works of fiction and essay collections. He has received the Koret Jewish Book Award, the Prix Femina, the Israel Prize, and the Frankfurt Peace Prize, and his books have been translated into more than thirty languages. Amos Oz lives in Israel.

Translated from the Hebrew by Nicholas de Lange

Book News Annotation:

This is a translation of the autobiography first published in Hebrew in 2003. The eminent Israeli writer Amos Oz describes his life--his youth in war-torn Jerusalem during the 1940s and 50s, his mother's suicide when he was an adolescent, his decision to join a kibbutz, and his family relationships over the years.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

This is a translation of the autobiography first published in Hebrew in 2003. The eminent Israeli writer Amos Oz describes his life--his youth in war-torn Jerusalem during the 1940s and 50s, his mother's suicide when he was an adolescent, his decision to join a kibbutz, and his family relationships over the years. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Winner of the National Jewish Book Award International Bestseller "[An] ingenious work that circles around the rise of a state, the tragic destiny of a mother, a boys creation of a new self." — The New Yorker A family saga and a magical self-portrait of a writer who witnessed the birth of a nation and lived through its turbulent history. A Tale of Love and Darkness is the story of a boy who grows up in war-torn Jerusalem, in a small apartment crowded with books in twelve languages and relatives speaking nearly as many. The story of an adolescent whose life has been changed forever by his mothers suicide. The story of a man who leaves the constraints of his family and community to join a kibbutz, change his name, marry, have children. The story of a writer who becomes an active participant in the political life of his nation. "One of the most enchanting and deeply satisfying books that I have read in many years." — New Republic

Synopsis:

Tragic, comic, and utterly honest, this family saga tells the the story of a boy growing up in the war-torn Jerusalem of the 1940s and '50s. It is also a magical self-portrait of a writer who witnessed the birth of a nation and lived through its turbulent history.

About the Author

Born in Jerusalem in 1939, AMOS OZ is the author of numerous works of fiction and essays. His international awards include the Prix Femina, the Israel Prize, and the Frankfurt Peace Prize, and his books have been translated into more than thirty languages. He lives in Israel.

Nicholas de Lange is a professor at the University of Cambridge and a renowned translator. He has translated Amos Ozs work since the 1960s.

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Carol Singer, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Carol Singer)
Amos Oz's novel A Tale of Love and Darkness is a fictional autobiographical account of his life growing up in pre-1948 Israel as the child of Holocaust survivors. Oz skillfully weaves history and the cultural background of his own family into the fictional story that depicts the difficulties of a European Jewish family adapting to life in British Mandate Palestine. Ultimately his mother cannot cope with the trauma of losing much of her family to the Nazis and her own expectations for life forged in the rich cultural and educational environment of Europe. Oz suffered the loss of his own mother at age 12 to suicide just as the main character of his story. The genius of Oz's writing in this novel is that he perfectly captures the thoughts, fears and dreams of childhood and the gradual changes as his character grows into a teen and leaves home to live on a kibbutz, again echoing Oz's own experience. This was my first exposure to Amos Oz and I was amazed by his brilliant ability for detailed description. I frequently re-read passages just to enjoy his descriptions. I also found that his nearly sociological descriptions of his surroundings and social interactions of that time period were very educational and interesting. For example he described the way long distance telephone calls between family members in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv were made using the drug store public telephone at a pre-arranged time. He described how the entire family dressed up to go use the phone, as if they were actually going to visit the relatives and he explained that to do anything less would have been bad manners. I have since read several of his other works and they are all excellent, but I think this is his best.
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robin.aronson, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by robin.aronson)
Oz's memoir of his mother, his family, and the years around the founding of the State of Israel is so moving and compassionate and unflinching that I often find myself thinking about it even though I read it several years ago. His language, even in translation, is beautiful and his story, his mother's, and Israel's are each delicately and precisely told. I highly recommend it.
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edward_is_dead, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by edward_is_dead)
Amos Oz weaves his personal story with the national story of Israel. A rich text deserving of multiple reads. Oz could have won the Nobel prize for this one...
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780156032520
Translator:
de Lange, Nicholas
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Translator:
de Lange, N. R. M.
Translator:
de Lange, Nicholas
Author:
Lange, Nicholas De
Author:
Oz, Amos
Author:
de Lange, Nicholas
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Jewish
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20051131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1.12 lb

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Product details 560 pages Harvest Books - English 9780156032520 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Winner of the National Jewish Book Award International Bestseller "[An] ingenious work that circles around the rise of a state, the tragic destiny of a mother, a boys creation of a new self." — The New Yorker A family saga and a magical self-portrait of a writer who witnessed the birth of a nation and lived through its turbulent history. A Tale of Love and Darkness is the story of a boy who grows up in war-torn Jerusalem, in a small apartment crowded with books in twelve languages and relatives speaking nearly as many. The story of an adolescent whose life has been changed forever by his mothers suicide. The story of a man who leaves the constraints of his family and community to join a kibbutz, change his name, marry, have children. The story of a writer who becomes an active participant in the political life of his nation. "One of the most enchanting and deeply satisfying books that I have read in many years." — New Republic
"Synopsis" by , Tragic, comic, and utterly honest, this family saga tells the the story of a boy growing up in the war-torn Jerusalem of the 1940s and '50s. It is also a magical self-portrait of a writer who witnessed the birth of a nation and lived through its turbulent history.

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