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Tale of Love and Darkness
Tale of Love and Darkness | Amos Oz
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Winner of the National Jewish Book AwardInternational 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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Anna40
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I loved this book and I wish I could sit down with a group of friends and talk about it, revisit/share paragraphs that made me laugh and that made me sad. An insightful, intimate autobiography/family history. Certainly not a book you can rush through.

Simona Amos Oz is one my list of favorite authors❣️ 2w
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Anna40
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A tale of Kindness and Love for Books and their Owners: I left this book on my car, then drove off, forgot that it was on the trunk. Later I looked everywhere but couldn't find it. At 7pm someone rang the doorbell. An elderly gentleman handed me my Amos Oz copy and told me, he had found it on the interstate. My bookmark was a post card that had our address on it which is how he knew where the owner of the book lives. :)

Nebklvr Lovely man!!! Betting he is a reader 2mo
MrsMalaprop What a great story 😍🙏. 2mo
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Butterfinger
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Oh my, what a beautiful memoir. Oz's childhood was surrounded by memories of Jews, who escaped WWII, and their memories of those who didn't. He was raised by scholastic, erudite parents who wanted their son to be Someone. Oz and his father survive the birth of a new nation only to mourn and crawl out of the ashes that came after his beloved mother's death. So sweet and haunting. Oz clearly wrote to purge himself of bitterness and hate. 5 stars

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Butterfinger

There were no pictures, plants, or ornaments. Only books, more books, and silence filled the room, and a wonderful rich smell of leather bindings, yellowing paper, mold, a strange scent of seaweed and old glue, of wisdom, secrets, and dust.

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MySharonaK
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7 days 7 covers - day 6

BarbaraBB Beautiful edition! 3mo
MySharonaK @BarbaraBB absolutely! 💙 3mo
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vivastory
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I have been meaning to read Oz for a few years. With his recent passing I decided to start one of his books this weekend. I noticed that two of them are included in #1001Books This one & Black Box. I checked this out today. Although it's a memoir, it reads like a great coming of age story so far. Really enjoying it.

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BarbaraBB
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“The whole of reality was just a vain attempt to imitate the world of words.”

RIP, Amos Oz 💔

sprainedbrain 😢 11mo
Graywacke 😥 11mo
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historybuff88
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It's taken me nearly a year to get through it. Not because it wasn't good but because just as Amos Oz takes you on a journey through his young life I wanted and needed it to be a journey for me too. It touched my soul, and put words to parts of me I didn't know even had an explanation. Beautiful and sad. I don't know if now that it has ended I will be able to read another book right away . Just as reading it took time so will moving on.

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historybuff88
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A book that speaks to my very soul :)

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tricours
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I am definitely reading more books by this author. And listening to more books narrated by Stefan Rudnicki! He was absolutely perfect.

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charl08
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Oz remembers his mother's love of reading.

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Oftencantdecide
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#GIVEAWAYTHETRUTH- My favorite memoir

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chavalah
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I always think of this as a memoir, but Amos Oz is adamant that it's more of a biography. He chronicles his youth in Jerusalem around the time of Israeli statehood, but he also goes back to his parents and other relations in the old country. Dips a bit into more recent history, too. I picked up this book in preparation for viewing Natalie Portman's directorial debut, and it's a favorite read of the year. Nuanced observations. #FunFridayPhoto

Simona Yes, it's beautiful and powerful book. 3y
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BooksGirlsCats
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Excited for this talk! Makes an interesting change from four days of science :D

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Oftencantdecide
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A #Memorablememoir for #Booktober ( that I recently finished anyway): Amos Oz's memoir is a beautiful story about family, love, history, grief, books, and growing up around the time of the founding of the state of Israel. #Jewlit

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Oftencantdecide
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This is just such a beautiful book. #Jewlit #translatedbooks

BooksTeasAndBookishThings Welcome to Litsy!!! 😊❤️🙌📚🎉 3y
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JenP
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"I spent my whole childhood in Kerem Avraham in Jerusalem, but where I really lived was on the edge of the forest, by the huts, the steppes, the meadows, the snow in my mother‘s stories, and in the illustrated books that piled up on my low bedside table

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JenP

The hill was our next-door neighbor, a heavy, introverted silent neighbor, an old, sad hill with the regular habit of a bachelor, a drowsy, still wintery hill, which never scraped the furniture or entertained guests, never made a noise or disturbed us...

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"When I was little, my ambition was to grow up to be a book. Not a writer. People can be killed like ants. Writers are not hard to kill either. But not books: however systematically you try to destroy them, there is always a chance that a copy will survive." ❤️?

jpmcwisemorgan I never thought about being a book. Now I feel as if I was really looking at my future goals the wrong way. Is it too late to want to be a book? 4y
ThomasHewlett When I was little I wanted to be a tree. Does that count? 4y
GuiltyFeat Love this book and loved the opportunity to spend the day on set with Natalie Portman watching her direct her own script adaptation. 4y
JenP I'm reading this now. I also highlight this quote. I love his writing. Black Box was also excellent 4y
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