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A Tale of Love and Darkness

Written by: Amos Oz
Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
Length: 23 hrs and 52 mins
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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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  • cocopuff
  • 2016-12-11

Engrossing

I think this book could have done with a bit of editing (parts tend to drag), but overall it is an engrossing account of the author's childhood in Israel just before statehood to the early 60s, with references to his later adult life. The death of his mother during his early adolescence is central to the narrative both in form and meaning. I can't imagine a more sensitive narrator than Stefan Rudnicki.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-02-08

Extraordinary descriptions of a family story.

Deeply moving insights into Jerusalem at a remarkable period of time in Israeli history intertwined with a tragic and uplifting saga of a family .

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  • Thomas F. Lennon
  • 2019-07-04

Heartbreaking, masterful

Much praise has been lavished on this memoir and all of it deserved. Let’s also salute the exquisite work of the translator -the English prose is gorgeous, elegant, pitch-perfect.

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  • Duffy
  • 2019-06-23

A Tale I Won't Soon Forget

Deep, dark, yet earthy and humorous. Oz took me through a time in history that I knew little of. I have a better understanding of the Jewish people, their extreme suffering, their hopes for finding home, and the political process of the Israeli state. the narrator exquisitely painted pictures with his reading making me feel as though I was sitting at Oz's feet listening to his story.

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  • Margaret P.
  • 2019-06-01

Great Book!

A bit long, but captivating, and a very personal memoir of the beginning of Israel. oz loves people and it shines through his portraits of his family members and the people who filled his world as a child.

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  • Laura G. Marcantoni
  • 2019-05-04

Good but a little too long.

It is a very good book but could have used some trimming. There are things that pop up several times for , at least in my opinion, no apparent reason and, in my opinion again could have been edited.

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  • michael kedem
  • 2019-05-03

wonderful story. well read.<br />nice pleasent bariton

wonderful story. well read.
nice pleasent bariton
with several tones to differ the characters. thank you

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  • RL
  • 2019-03-26

so beautiful!

this book is so beautiful. it is painful to read it knowing how awful today's book are.

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  • John Zoetebier
  • 2019-02-19

Interesting autobiography placed in Isreal

Story gives interesting background of Israel in the 1940-1960 era like the declaration of the state. Striking is the constant danger people had to live in. A thread in the story is the life and death of his mother.

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  • liketolisten
  • 2019-02-13

You definitely don't have to be Jewish

..to appreciate this masterpiece of a memoir. Oz paints a lyrical picture of his family members, their history, and his own upbringing with tremendous wit and compassion, and does not shy away from the most painful experiences. The pronunciation of a few Israel location names could have been corrected. I have no idea whether the Russian dialog was faithfully conveyed, but it sounded convincing. Overall, a wonderful reading of a masterful testament to Amoz Oz and his times.