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  • By: Amos Oz
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 23 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (97 ratings)
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A Tale of Love and Darkness

By: Amos Oz
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Summary

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 40s and 50s in a small apartment crowded with books in 12 languages and relatives speaking nearly as many. His mother and father, both wonderful people, were ill-suited to each other. When Oz was 12 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 to join 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.

©2016 Amos Oz (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Masterpiece.

I was blown away by this book. Very interested in the Israeli and Palestinian troubles, I found Oz’ account enlightening and encouraging.

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Proustian masterpiece

Sublime piece of writing, beautifully narrated. Very topical in Feb 2024 guven the current situation in Israel.

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Masterpiece

I can’t attempt literary criticism & explain why, but I know exceptional writing when I read it & would have to go back many years to recall another in its class.

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Epic story of last 150 years of Israel

Moving and beautifully written biography that is so much more than a simple biography. I have read the book, seen the film and listened to the audiobook in that order. The scope and detail is phenomenal this book is in my top 5. Stefan Rudnicki is just perfect as the narrator with his deep Eastern Europe Ashkenazi accent.

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Words fail to describe the beauty and power

of this book. They say that life is stranger than fiction and as Amos Oz shows us it can be even more beautiful and tragic. Extraordinary story....Amos Oz is a writer who can measure himself with the giants of the 19th century Russian litterature as far as the mastership, the power of observation and emotiobal awarness areconcerned.Plus a tremendous erudition and culture.

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More than an autobiography

This tale covers Amos, his early life, family and country. This is the first audiobook of his I've listened to and I'm excited to hear more of his works. It's so rich in detail and emotions. The narrator is great and easy to listen to.

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Masterpiece

Genuinely one of the best books I've listened to in a while. So immersive, and so rich in detail... Now I just need to check out his other work!

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Brilliant

Beautifully written and spoken. This book was pure quality . I was so sad when I finished it but will listen to it again.

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A tale of Love and Darkness - Great storytelling

A tale of Love and Darkness - Great storytelling
The author Amos Oz told the story of his life brilliantly, leaving his darkest moment to the end.
Brilliant narration

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Meandering Memoire

The narrator, Stefan Rudnicki was excellent.
The memoire had many gems , but it was very repetitive .
It was interesting to learn of the birth of the State of Israel, and of the new settlers, and the problems they encountered; and of the experiences of his family during this time.
Amos Oz, spends time relating details that were plainly boring: the titles of every book he has read,( and he has read a lot of books! ) and
other inconsequential information.
If he had had a good editor who could have tidied the script , it would have been a very good book .

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