A Tale of Love and Darkness

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Harcourt, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 538 pages
375 Reviews
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
His insight into Middle Eastern life taught me so much. - Goodreads
Amos Oz is a prose master. - Goodreads
God there is some good writing in this. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Kristelh - LibraryThing

an autobiographical novel of Israeli author written in 2002. It chronicles the author's birth (in Jerusalem in 1939) during the British occupation and the birth of the nation in 1948. I think this ... Read full review

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User Review  - Inasirimavo - Goodreads

Wow. This is one of the best books I ever read. I think it will stay with me for a long, long time. Amos Oz is a master of language, his writing is just wonderful. I was initially drawn to this ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

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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