A Tale of Love and Darkness (Google eBook)

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Nov 1, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 544 pages
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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 boy’s 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 mother’s 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

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Beautiful writing and imagery. - Goodreads
Some great writing in here, eg, "We know nothing. - Goodreads
His insight into Middle Eastern life taught me so much. - Goodreads
Amos Oz is a prose master. - Goodreads
What a fantastic and eloquent writer. - Goodreads
Really a great book, with beautiful writing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Margo - Goodreads

a very long book but so engrossing I was compelled to keep reading it. This is so much more than a memoir. Politics, passion, youth and emotion all weave together to tell Amos Oz's life story. His ... Read full review

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User Review  - Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship - Goodreads

I am sure it must be exhausting to have a perfect memory of every storefront, furnishing and knick-knack you've laid eyes on since early childhood. However, if you choose to inflict all this ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Amos Oz was born in Jerusalem in 1939. He is the author of fourteen novels and collections of short fiction, and numerous works of nonfiction. His acclaimed memoir A Tale of Love and Darkness was an international bestseller and recipient of the prestigious Goethe prize, as well as the National Jewish Book Award. Scenes from Village Life, a New York Times Notable Book, was awarded the Prix Méditerranée Étranger in 2010. He lives in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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

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