A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz (Translated by Nicholas de Lange) - review by Carole Angier

Carole Angier

Writing to Fill the Silence

A Tale of Love and Darkness


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I've been an admirer of Amos Oz for so long that I've almost forgotten his novels. They were wonderfully written and very intelligent, but I remember thinking that there was something elusive and held back about them. Now here is his account of his first twenty years; and it may explain a lot.

Like his fiction, it's full of humour and lovely writing. You have to love a book that says of the slow walk of Jews in Jerusalem, 'Once they had lowered their foot they were in no hurry to move it: we had waited two thousand years to gain a foothold';

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