A Tale of Love and Darkness

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade & Reference Publishers, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 538 pages
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Tragic, comic, and utterly honest, this extraordinary memoir is at once a great 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. His mother and father, both wonderful people, were ill-suited to each other. When Oz was twelve and a half years old, his mother committed suicide, a tragedy that was to change his life. He leaves the constraints of the family and the community of dreamers, scholars, and failed businessmen and joins a kibbutz, changes his name, marries, has children, and finally becomes a writer as well as an active participant in the political life of Israel.

A story of clashing cultures and lives, of suffering and perseverance, of love and darkness.

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Beautiful writing and imagery. - Goodreads
Slow paced, non-linear, spectacular writing. - Goodreads
Oz plays with storytelling in this book. - Goodreads
Amos Oz is a prose master. - Goodreads
God there is some good writing in this. - Goodreads
Some great writing in here, eg, "We know nothing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Felicity - Goodreads

Any book that makes me feel a scintilla of sympathy for Israelis deserves 5 stars! Notwithstanding this, a tale of growing up, peopled by a vast number of fascinating people in his life. Liked that he ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

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

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