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A Tale of Love and Darkness

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Winner of the National Jewish Book Award International 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 th ...more
Paperback, 560 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Mariner Books (first published 2002)
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Tea Jovanović
May 25, 2013 Tea Jovanović rated it it was amazing
Amos Oz je najveći živi izraelski književnik... Upoznali smo se dok je pisao ovaj autobiografski roman... Bila sam mu urednik... Imala sam zadovoljstvo da se nekoliko puta sretnemo i razgovaramo... Davno sam za RTS obezbedila intervju s njim i to je bilo divno iskustvo... Nažalost nisam uspela da ga dovedem u Srbiju iako mi je to obećao... Ja se još uvek nadam da će se to realizovati jednoga dana... Kao što verujem da će jednoga dana Amos dobiti Nobelovu nagradu za književnost, zaslužio je... A ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Jun 20, 2014 K.D. Absolutely rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2008-2012)
By far, the best book that I've read this year.

It is a long one but worth all the time I spent on it. It is a memoir that begins with Amos Oz (born 1939) birth in Israel and ends with the death of his father. His mother died twenty years earlier than that and in between those two deaths he did not hear from his father anything about his mother; as if his mother did not exist. This novel can be appreciated on three layers: from the macro perspective, it is a tale of Israel as a nation, from the e
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رانيا محيو الخليلي
"قصة عن الحب والظلام" للكاتب الاسرائيلي عاموس عوز ترجمة جميل غنايم.قرأت"هذه الرواية الأسبوع الفائت وحركت بداخلي الكثير من المشاعر المتناقضة...لماذا متناقضة؟ لأنني أحببت أسلوب الكاتب الروائي وأعجبت بحرفيته من حيث الكتابة والثقافة، ولكنني بالمقابل اشمأزيت من تحريفه التاريخي والسياسي للأحداث.
وسأقوم بتقييم للرواية ضمن ثلاثة محاور:
-البنية الأدبية والروائية.
-التحليل النفسي للكاتب لجهة اعتبار هذه الرواية بمثابة سيرة ذاتية
-الجانب السياسي والتاريخي للرواية.

البنية الروائية: على الرغم من أن الكاتب بالغ في
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
There are books which, after you've read them, would give you this silent thought either that you could have written them yourself or maybe you could write something like them too someday. Then there are those books which would have the opposite effect, similar to what happened to Virginia Woolf after reading Marcel Proust's "Swann's Way" (the first book of "In Search of Lost Time")--her literary urges were paralyzed ("Well," Woolf wrote a friend, "--what remains to be written after that? I'm on ...more
mai ahmd
Apr 01, 2013 mai ahmd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

قصة الحب والظلام سيرة ذاتية لعاموس عوز الروائي اليهودي الذي رشح لنوبل عام 2009 هذه السيرة تحوي سيرة أصوله اليهودية أجداده وأبويه الذين هاجرا من بولندا وروسيا إلى القدس سيرة طفولته وقصة انتحار ولادته فانيا التي شكلت هاجسا وعبئا في حياته هو ووالده

هذه السيرة تحوي قصة بناء دولة اليهود في فلسطين منذ فترة الإنتداب البريطاني وتأتي هذه القصة متزامنة مع انتحار والدته وكأن هناك حبل ما يشّد القصتين معا

تبدأ الرواية بسيرة يوسف كلاونزر عم عاموس الفيلسوف والمفكر اليهودي وخلال المئة الأولى من الصفحات تعرقلن
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ايمان
Apr 02, 2013 ايمان rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"أكلنا تفاحة مسمومة" عاموس عوز قصة عن الحب و الظلام
بهذه العبارة المقتبسة من الرواية ذاتها افتتح مراجعتي,فهي تجسد بشكل كبير إحساسي بعد إتمام قراءتها بجهد لا يضاهيه الا جهد غواص يحاول تحطيم رقم قياسي للغوص,عاموس عوز قدم لنا في روايته هذه تفاحة تقطر سما زعافا قد ينسف كل معتقداتنا و ثقافة نفي لكل ما يأتي من هذا الطحلب العالق بمؤخراتنا ويكبر يوما بعد يوم و إن لم نلفظ هذه التفاحة الملعونة فورا و بمجرد الانتهاء من الرواية فان في خطر زرع نبتة قد تكون ثمارها سرطانا يأكلنا ببطء.
أول شيء لفت انتباهي لهذه ال
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Teresa
Amos Oz nasceu em Jerusalém, em 1939, e é uma das principais vozes pela resolução do conflito israelo-palestiniano, sendo dos poucos judeus que reconhece razão aos palestinianos por terem sido expulsos da sua terra.

Uma História de Amor e Trevas é um romance auto-biográfico, mas Amos Oz não o escreveu para contar a sua própria vida, mas a vida da sua família, a história do povo judeu e a do seu país. A heroína do romance é a sua mãe, cujo suicídio quando ele tinha 12 anos, o marcou para toda a vi
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Sue
Sep 18, 2016 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in the Middle East
This memoir recounts the author's life in the formative years of the nation of Israel as well as the years leading up to 1948, as well as the lives of his parents and many relatives from various parts of Europe. It's not only the memoir of a child who grew to become a writer and needs to tell of the terrors and memories of his childhood. It's also a memoir of the young state peopled by so many from all over who had lost everything and were desperately trying to build a permanent Jewish home. No ...more
Alejandro Teruel
Sep 20, 2012 Alejandro Teruel rated it really liked it
It is a crime to try to rush through this richly textured memoir, you have to slow down, you have to savour it and let its images sink in, you have to see, through the eyes of the alien only child that was Amos Oz, the strange melange of old world jews bickering and conjuring up an extraordinary new, yet ancient country, ripping it out of an existing land, dreams centuries old and a great many nightmares of the first half of the twentieth century. It is excruciatingly and painfully honest, bindi ...more
Chrissie
Aug 05, 2013 Chrissie rated it really liked it
OK, the book is completed and I am having difficulty choosing between 4 or 5 stars, so I guess I will choose 4. It is best to save 5 stars for those books that you are sure must get 5! Otherwise 5 stars doesn't mean much! There is a lot to think about in this book. That is why I like the book. It seems to me a very Jewish trait to analyze, discuss and argue about everything. I like that. Nevertheless in this family there were some things that were NEVER discussed. Issues that should have been di ...more
وضحى
Mar 30, 2013 وضحى rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
لم أتردد في منحها النجمات الخمس! وحتى في تلك اللحظات المتباينة التي شعرتُ فيها بالحنق الشديد, لم أفكر في سلبها نجمة على الإطلاق..!
فالرجل هنا- وأعني الكاتب والروائي عاموس عوز- يتصرّف بطبيعته الصهيونية الموغلة في القِدم والصارخة أيضاً.. لا مجال لمفاوضة المسألة هنا ألبتة.. بل قطعاً لم أتوقع أن تكون صهيونته بهذا التجلّي الواضح.

ربما استحقتْ تلك المحاولة للمخاتلة -والتي كشفتها سيرته الذاتية على لسان الطفل المستتر خلفه كهلٌ ستينيّ-أن تأخذ النجمات الخمس.. فلست أحبذ تلك البكائيات الزائفة ولا الكليشيهات ا
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Joey Diamond
Jul 19, 2011 Joey Diamond rated it liked it
God there is some good writing in this. I'm obsessed with everything that's said in this description:

"In Jerusalem people always walked rather like mourners at a funeral, or latecomers at a concert. First they put down the tip of their shoe and tested the ground. Then once they had lowered their foot they were in no hurry to move it; we had waited two thousand years to gain a foothold in Jerusalem, and were unwilling to give it up. If we picked up our foot someone else might come along and snatc
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L.
تقييم عمل روائي كهذا بالتأكيد مهمة صعبة .. بين روعة الكتابة ومحتوى الرواية سيل من المتناقضات هو ما شعرت به .. حلقت عالياً "غالباً" ولكن السقطة بعد ذلك تكون قوية .. "أحياناً" أود أن أمنحها خمس نجوم وبعد ذلك أرى للنجمة الواحدة (التي تعني أنها لم تعجبني) بريق لا تستحقه الرواية .. أقرر أن أكون حيادية ولكن كيف ذلك والرواية تتكلم عن "خط أحمر" في قناعاتي

يروي لنا "عاموز عوز" في هذه الرواية ذكرياته وتاريخ أسرته من الجانبين قبل الهجرة لفلسطين .. عاصر الكاتب فترة الانتداب البريطاني على فلسطين وإعلان قيام
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Gray Side
Apr 09, 2013 Gray Side rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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سيرة حب عوز وظلامه كتاب غنيّ بالحياة و الأدب والسياسة والتاريخ والجغرافيا، سيرة تُروى من وجهة نظر صهيوني مخلص لانتمائه لهذا الكيان المستحدث بأرض فلسطين، لذا لن نتفاجأ ببعض الروايات المشذّبة أو المغالطات التي نعرف وجهها الآخر كحقيقة راسخة لن يهزها الشك من قراءة بضعة أسطر في رواية، في النهاية لن نتوقع منه أن يصلي على محمد ﷺ ، من تغلب على قراءته العاطفة عليه أن يكتب رواية مماثلة أو يساهم في التسويق لترجمة خيول نصر الله أو الطنطورية كما يفعل اليهود بكتبهم وأفلامهم.

شتات اليهود يطبع شخصياتهم وعقله
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Fatema Hassan , bahrain
Apr 01, 2013 Fatema Hassan , bahrain rated it did not like it
قصة عن الحب والظلام
للروائي الإسرائيلي عاموس عوز
تخطى عقل القارئ العربي مرحلة التسقيط الفكري فما عادت الازدواجية المعيار (البعبع) الذي يثنيه عن نبش الفكر اليهودي المتخندق خلف أسلاك الرأي العام والعالمي الشائكة ، حين لم تعد غازات الاستمالة المخدرة في محاولاتها الحثيثة لتهويد الفكر العالمي وقلب موازين قضية احتلالهم لعروبة فلسطين تُبثُّ في الخفاء ..صار القارئ العربي بحاجة للتوغل العلني بالمقابل ، عين العاطفة ازدادت جسارة و اتزاناً كما عين العقل واستحال التأثير عليها .
في محاولاته لشرعنة احتلاله لتست
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Ana

Uma História de Amor e Trevas é um misto de autobiografia e narração histórica. Somos levados a conhecer a história do autor e da sua família ao longo da génese de uma nação, da diáspora à criação do Estado de Israel, maioritariamente pela visão de Oz enquanto criança e adolescente.

Uma obra de contrastes, onde o rigor da factualidade histórica e o desfilar de inúmeras personalidades e situações reais convivem com uma visão pessoal, subjectiva e emocional das pessoas e dos acontecimentos. E Amo
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Ivana Split
Jul 19, 2016 Ivana Split rated it it was amazing
If you read this book and didn't like it, we can't be friends. Usually I'm open minded and tolerant when it comes to literature, mainly because I don't believe there is such a thing as one 'correct' reading but in this case I just have to be hopelessly sentimental and treat this novel as it was an actual person and not just a work of art that can be examined and viewed from different perspectives. It is perfectly normal we all have different tastes and hence experience literary works in our own ...more
Кремена Михайлова
„Аз бях дете на думите.“

Колко изненади с тази книга. Първо, уж познавам добре книгите на Амос Оз, а нямах представа, че книгата е биографична. Второ, когато започнах да я чета, очаквах, че ще обхваща живота му до момента на написването ѝ. Но това е книга за детството. И за предците на Амос Оз.
Към средата малко се разочаровах, че няма да видя след такова детство откъде е черпил упование Амос Оз, за да се превърне в личността, която познаваме. Как е изплувал, след като толкова камъни са натискал
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Susan KG
Jan 12, 2013 Susan KG rated it it was amazing
I have delayed writing a review of this book, mainly because I feel that there’s no way I can do it justice. It’s not a page-turner, but rather, a book that draws you in. It’s a slow read, yet one that deserves patience and perseverance.

Amos Oz writes of his childhood and his young adult years, in the days before independence from the British and during the early years of the State of Israel. The cast of characters is huge, all of them actual people! They include Oz’s parents and grandparents, n
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mohammad
Mar 30, 2013 mohammad rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
سيرة ذاتية برائحة سوداء كريهة لحقائق تاريخية , عاموس عوز متذكرا ؟

في سرد ممل و تكرار لبعض المواقف يحكي لنا المؤلف تاريخ عائلته من بلد المهجر حتى وطن الخلود بنظره , أسر أتت تبحث لها عن مكان بعيد تنسى فيه معاناة بلد ممزق بسبب الحرب و متسلحة يالثقافة والأمل تجد لها الموطىء و الحب ...

متحدثا بسهولة في صور بديعة جميلة و في أحايين أخرى بملل و ترداد تزيد من نسق الرواية صعودا و هبوطا , عدا حديثه عن أمه التي انتحرت و عمه المثقف و كتبه لم اجد ما يثير انتباهي و يروي شغفي ...

الرجل أراد من خلال هذه السيرة تبري
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Márcia Balsas
Aug 15, 2016 Márcia Balsas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Quando a lista de livros por ler é grande, acontecem os inevitáveis adiamentos. Uma História de Amor e Trevas era, possivelmente, das minhas leituras mais adiadas. Veio cá para casa há tempo suficiente para o meu olhar se cruzar com a sua lombada dezenas de vezes. Nos meus olhos sempre a promessa de lhe pegar em breve. Demorou algum tempo. Anos, pronto, que outras leituras se atravessaram na frente das suas mais de seiscentas páginas.
Este é mais um livro para o qual criei expectativas elevadíssi
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Robert Cortvriendt
Jun 04, 2010 Robert Cortvriendt rated it it was amazing
I selected this book after reading a news story about a Palestinian lawyer personally financing its translation into Arabic for his friends and family to read, his name is Elias Khoury. He was moved by a personal account through the eyes of a young boy about the birth of Israel, its families and real world strife; he hoped for better understanding between the warring sides. I thought this must be some book. It is.
I've always been cloudy on the subject of the Israeli conflict, who started what, w
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Ema
I initially bought this book as a birthday gift for a friend, but soon after I changed my mind and didn't want to give it away anymore. It took me a month to read this book, but it was not its fault, it was mine. I am afraid of big books, but I'm proud to say that A Tale of Love and Darkness was the first step toward my rehabilitation. Look, I even got the courage to read Cloud Atlas!

It is also true that this book is not easy to read, as it has no actual plot and some parts are overflowing with
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Мартин Касабов
Книгата на Амос Оз е чудовище от 672 стр. Не бих се захванал с толкова обемиста книга, ако нямам стабилни препоръки от приятели с вкус, сходен на моя. Понеже това изискване беше удовлетворено повече от изчерпателно и понеже прекрасната Натали Портман е избрала именно тази история за свой режисьорски дебют, реших, че е крайно време да се запозная с живота на Амос Оз.

Защото "История за любов и мрак", противно на очакванията, се оказа автобиографичен роман. Не знам къде съм блял, но си мислех, че
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Stephen Durrant
May 09, 2013 Stephen Durrant rated it it was amazing
With some books one wants to write a summary or a review, with others one would prefer to sit down with a friend and just read out loud favorite passages. The latter are usually the books we like the best. They are so interesting, provocative, informative or amusing that we just want to share them. Amos Oz's "A Tale of Love and Darkness" is, for me, one such book. Oz is often mentioned, alongside Haruki Murakami, Philip Roth, and Javier Marias as a Nobel Prize favorite. Somehow I do not think he ...more
Maggi
Jul 22, 2012 Maggi rated it really liked it
This sometimes long and sometimes tedious, yet beautiful and sometimes magical book took me forever to read, but it was worth the effort, a fascinating study of what it was to be a first generation native Israeli with Eastern European parents who narrowly escaped death in the 1930's by moving to the new Jewish nation. Just as in America, immigrant parents could be a trial: Nobody in our neighborhood ever died from consumption or unrequited love or idealism. They were anything but reckless. Oz' ...more
Emilian Kasemi
Aug 11, 2014 Emilian Kasemi rated it really liked it
Trashegimia dhe mjedisi qe na ushqejne dhe klasa shoqerore, jane te gjitha si letra bixhozi qe i perziejme si te na vi per mbare para se te filloje loja. Nuk ka liri per kete: Bota te jep dhe ti thjesht merr ate qe te jepet, pa pasur mundesi per te zgjedhur. Por ceshtja eshte se c'ben secili me letrat qe i jepen. Ca njerez luajne shkelqyeshem me letra te keqija, kurse ca te tjere bejne te kunderten: Ata harxhojne dhe humbasin gjithcka edhe me letrat me te mira. Dhe ja deri ku arrin liria jone: S ...more
Nicole
Jun 17, 2009 Nicole rated it it was amazing
This book snuck up on me and made me fall in love. I wasn't sure how I felt about it for the first hundred pages or so. I thought the writing was exquisite, but I wasn't sure how interested I was by a story about an only child growing up in his dreamy, book-filled world. But as I kept reading, I found myself pulled further and further into his world. So many poignant details, so many touching family stories, so many tragic human interactions.

Some of my favorite parts:
- The author's mother's stor
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HomeInMyShoes
Three stars, four stars? It is more than three, but not quite four. Give me a few weeks and I might change that. It probably would have been more if it weren't for long stretches of comma-separated places, or people. And while I can read a bit of a play with the lists the father and son kept it was oft-times overkill, beating me senseless. Yes, I get it, Russian authors, or philosophers. A stylistic irritant for me. There was lots to like though and author memoirs can be a tricky thing. Quite en ...more
Artfulreader
Aug 06, 2016 Artfulreader rated it liked it
Like 3.5
I think this book is uneven and that it is too dense in the beginning; it's basically information dumping about his relatives. That said there is some wonderful writing in there and Oz does know how to tell a story. So why doesn't he do that throughout?
Best part; Grandpa Alex. We should all try to be a bit more like him.
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Amos Oz (עמוס עוז) is an Israeli writer, novelist, and journalist. He is also a professor of literature at Ben-Gurion University in Be'er Sheva. Since 1967, he has been a prominent advocate of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In 2008 he received an Honorary Degree from the University of Antwerp. He also received the Dan David prize in 2008 for "Creative Rendering of the Pa ...more
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