A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz

By Amos Oz

Tragic, comedian, and completely sincere, this bestselling and severely acclaimed new paintings through "one of Israel's so much talented and prolific authors" (Helen Epstein, The ahead) is right now a relatives saga and a mystical self-portrait of a author who witnessed the beginning of a kingdom and lived via its turbulent history.

It is the tale of a boy transforming into up within the war-torn Jerusalem of the 40s and fifties, in a small condo crowded with books in twelve languages and kinfolk conversing approximately as many. the tale of a teen whose lifestyles has been replaced ceaselessly by means of his mother's suicide whilst he was once twelve years previous. the tale of a guy who leaves the limitations of his relations and its group of dreamers, students, and failed businessmen to hitch a kibbutz, swap his identify, marry, have young children. the tale of a author who turns into an energetic player within the political lifetime of his state.

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Something larger than life. It was unimaginable. Maybe in Tel Aviv things like that existed, I thought, they always have all sorts of things that don't exist or aren't allowed here. I started to read almost on my own, when I was very young. What else did we have to do? The evenings were much longer then, because the earth revolved more slowly, because the galaxy was much more relaxed than it is today. The electric light was a pale yellow, and it was interrupted by the many power cuts. To this day the smell of smoky candles or a sooty paraffin lamp makes me want to read a book.

In America, for instance, where people dig for gold, hold up mail trains, stampede herds of cattle across endless plains, and whoever kills the most Indians ends up getting the girl. That was the America we saw at the Edison Cinema: the pretty girl was the prize for the best shooter. What one did with such a prize I had not the faintest idea. If they had shown us in those films an America where the man who shot the most girls was rewarded with a good-looking Indian, I would simply have believed that that was the way it was.

Perhaps six then? Or should we send seven after all? Hang the expense. We could surround the gladioli with a forest of asparagus fern, and get by with six. On the other hand, wasn't the whole thing outdated? Gladioli? Who on earth sends gladioli nowadays? In Galilee, do the pioneers send one another gladioli? In Tel Aviv, do people still bother with gladioli? And what are they good for anyway? They cost a fortune, and four or five days later they end up in the trash. So what shall we give instead?

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