A Tale of Love and Darkness

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Harcourt, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 538 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
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  - Steve Quinn - Goodreads

Wow. One of the best things I've read in a long time. Reminded me of Speak, Memory in some ways. Just a wonderful book. Read full review

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A book that takes time. Beautiful Read full review

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About the author (2004)

AMOS OZ is the author of numerous works of fiction and the autobiography A Tale of Love and Darkness. He has received international awards, including 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.

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