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An ingenious, witty, behind-the-scenes novel about eight hours in the life of an author.

A literary celebrity is in Tel Aviv on a stifling hot night to give a reading from his new book.While the obligatory inane questions ("Why do you write? What is it like to be famous? Do you write with a pen or on a computer?) are being asked and answered, his attention wanders and he be
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Hardcover, 128 pages
Published April 14th 2009 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published 2007)
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Solistas
3.5/5

Ο Αμος Οζ (τι όνομα!) γράφει ενα μυθιστόρημα σαν παιχνίδι, σαν πείραμα για το πως στήνει τους χαρακτηρες του ο ήρωας-συγγραφέας αυτού του πολύ ωραίου κ συνοπτικού κειμένου.

Είμαστε στις αρχές της δεκαετίας του 80 κ ο ήρωας ετοιμάζεται να παει σε μια ακόμα παρουσίαση του καινούργιου του βιβλίου. Ειναι επιτυχημένος κ θα ήθελε να μην το κάνει. Ταυτόχρονα όμως κ για τις επόμενες 8 ώρες δίνει βιογραφικά στοιχεία στους ανθρώπους που συναντάει κ φαντάζεται τις ζωές τους καθώς κ τους διαλόγους που κ
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Кремена Михайлова
Бавно расте обичта ми към Амос Оз. Началото - преди 3 години, с 2 книги („Моят Михаел“ и „Познание за жена“), със „средните“ 3 звезди (може да са 3,5, може да са и 4 сега). Колкото да усетя, че е като за мен, но не чак толкова, че да се захласна тогава. Преоткриването стана с „Между приятели“. Слагам я между любимите си ако не 10, то поне 20 книги… След „Между приятели“ очаквах, че съм прочела вече това, което може да ми хареса най-много от един автор. Много се зарадвах, че „Животът и смъртта в ...more
Jim
Feb 04, 2010 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My gut feeling is that this will be a bit of a love-it-or-loathe-it kind of a book. Personally I loved it. I could have written it. I wish I had. Now I can't. Damn. But the lack of a real plot will drive some people mad. Some of the Author's musings actually pan out into short stories but most are just character sketches that simply merge into one another. And then it just stops. Well, it doesn't really but it reaches a point where the author is stopped in his tracks; someone is dead – what more ...more
Bookmaniac70
Jun 27, 2011 Bookmaniac70 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Денонощието на един застаряващ писател- трябва да си Амос Оз, за да напишеш великолепна книга върху този сюжет:-)). Харесвам го, защото ми прави близки възможно най-тривиалните битовизми със своя леко самоироничен,леко тъжен, леко критичен поглед. 150 страници, изпълнени с характеристични герои от литературния живот на Израел и една почти не-носталгична нишка на "римите на живота и смъртта"- отглас от популярна битова поезия, който сякаш символизира преходността на временната известност.

С две ду
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Vasil Kolev
Dec 05, 2009 Vasil Kolev rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Кратка книга, но пък се чете на един дъх. Интересно е да влезеш в главата на някой и да видиш как възприема целия свят около себеи си, какво мисли и как го изменя.
Lorri
Nov 25, 2012 Lorri rated it it was amazing
The book is a fascinating look at writing, life and death, fantasy and reality, and the comparison of how opposites need each other in order to complete the whole. The protagonist is known as The Author, and we never learn his true name. The use of third person narration is subjective in Rhyming Life & Death.

This form of narration affords us to be inside the mind of The Author, and we know his thoughts and feelings. This format is perfect for the novel, in that it exposes the immediate train
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Stephen Durrant
May 27, 2009 Stephen Durrant rated it really liked it
My reading of novelists frequently mentioned as potential Nobel Prize winners continues with the Israeli writer Amos Oz. I first became familiar with Oz when I read a dazzling section of his "A Tale of Love and Darkness," which I must return to one day. His most recent novel, "Rhyming Life and Death," is a small, wonderful homage to the blessing (or is it a curse?) of imagination, which becomes the bedrock of the "author," the novel's central character. The entire book takes place in the imagina ...more
Supriya Dhaliwal
This book dwells on the chores of an author, carried out during the span of eight to nine hours on the day of his book reading session and is an enticing record of the surmised life stories of the people he came across.
NeDa
Apr 29, 2014 NeDa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Виртуозно свързване на нишки, герои, идеи и варианти за развитие на действието. И разказано с ирония и чувство за хумор.
Patricia
Jul 29, 2014 Patricia rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
Yes, I ramble... read at your own risk (or boredom)!!

In the book, the author states that modern art is kind of like the emperor's new clothes. I found myself wondering if this particular work of his was the same--he being a "prize-winning novelist." I wondered how much of it really rang true to him and how much of it was pulling a joke over the readers writing, just to see if they would like and give accolades to a work that doesn't merit it. That was one thought. My other thought was that I am
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Amy Paget
Jun 13, 2015 Amy Paget rated it really liked it
I've been reading Amos Oz for 30 years!. He's a prize winning novelist and essayist whose honors include the Prix Femina, the Israel Prize, and the Frankfort Peace Prize. Rhyming Life and Death is a short literary conceit running a mere 112 pages covering 8 hours in the life of a famous Tel Aviv author. In this small volume Oz creates 40 characters, describing them so well that you think you know them. Reality and fiction combine as our famous author imagines the back stories of all he meets. Th ...more
Billy
Nov 16, 2014 Billy rated it really liked it
In There Was a Child Went Forth, Walt Whitman asks, "Whether that which appears so is so, or is it all flashes and specks?"

In Rhyming Life and Death, Amos Oz answers flashes and specks. Most, if not all, our reality is imaginary and fantasy. This is beautifully explained in this short novel. Two brief quotes. The first is a thought from the author whose talk at a neighborhood cultural center in Tel Aviv anchors the story. The second is a pronouncement by one of the speakers on the panel with the
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Jennifer Lauren Collins
In a dramatic telling of a single night, Rhyming Life & Death is something of a story, and something of a demonstration of a story's genesis, exploring the wonders and twists of an imagination.

Working from the mind of an author, our narrator for the duration, Oz wanders through his imaginings about an assortment of characters, bringing them together into a world that is hardpressed to be called either imaginary or real. In the end, it doesn't matter. Oz has explored the process and wonder of
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Cristina
Mar 01, 2011 Cristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, recunosc, nu ma asteptam sa-mi placa intr-atat de mult Rime despre viata si moarte. Da, am gasit-o bazata pe o idee interesanta, dar am crezut ca, timp de 170 de pagini, voi citi si aberatii. Mai sunt unele momente de ratacire, pe ici, pe colo, dar asa are fiecare autor, cred eu. In orice caz... cuvintele nu sunt de ajuns pentru a descrie cat de mult am apreciat-o.

De data asta, descrierea de pe toate site-urile e satisfacatoare, anume ca un scriitor invitat la o conferinta de presa incepe sa
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Jeff Scott
Aug 16, 2009 Jeff Scott rated it really liked it
I have been fascinated with the writing process as of late and the idea behinds this book fascinated me.Eight hours in the life of the Author with all his inner thoughts and character creations laid out before your eyes. All the events may be part of the Authors reality, his characters, or a fantasy, you'll have to guess. It's like being part of theAuthor's innermost thoughts even fleeting ones. I found it fascinatng.

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Sometimes he included a short epitaph for someone who was dead and forgot
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Phil
Oct 31, 2014 Phil rated it really liked it
I don't normally approve of writers writing about the condition of being a writer, but for this clever, evocative and wry novella I make an exception. In very few pages Amos Oz manages at the same time to immerse us in what it's like to spend most of one's life in the company of imaginary people, evoke the atmosphere of a summer night in a scruffy part of Tel Aviv, and contemplate elements of Israel's short but crowded literary and social history. Not bad for such a short (155pp) book !
Jim Fonseca
Sep 06, 2015 Jim Fonseca rated it it was amazing
Shelves: israeli-authors

An aging Israeli author is making the rounds of local book groups. (The brief book, 150 pages, is translated from the Hebrew.) We are treated to his mental peregrinations as the author sits there listening to his introduction, a reading of his work and a critic’s response before he makes his remarks. Mostly he does what authors do: he imagines lives for the people in the audience. He also tries to pick up the waitress in the coffee shop (no success) and, after the event, the woman who reads his
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JJ Aitken
Jul 30, 2014 JJ Aitken rated it liked it
This is for all of you who are looking for an author that has the ability to write supremely. I have just discovered Amos Oz in the last couple of years and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences. This novel was such a joy to read because of its clarity and perfect execution. I put this down for a day before picking it back up to read again. To fully realise just how good he is.
Wijnand Marchal
Apr 27, 2016 Wijnand Marchal rated it it was ok
Fantasies of an author's mind gone wild. A funny story, in which the Author (as the main character is named) imagines lives for some of the people in his audience, and those who share the podium with him, giving them names and histories. Amos Oz must have been in the Author's position many times, hence he idea for this novel. I assume the book has lots of inside jokes for the literary inner circles. I would recommend to read one of his other novels.
Danny Marcalo
May 11, 2015 Danny Marcalo rated it really liked it
Very short, very beautiful novel about a writer. I like how his fantasy drifts away and how he is so not in the moment, that he blabbers things to others that he doesn't actually mean. Isn't that what we all do? Also the imagining of what people we see do in their private lives. Very good read for a train ride to work or something similar. And that's that.

3,5/5
Kyle Brown
Mar 14, 2014 Kyle Brown rated it really liked it
I only seem to give out fours and fives but I tend to only finish the books that I really like. As for Rhyming Life and Death, it's probably a 3.67 or something like that. I'm happy to have been introduced to Amos Oz and will be reading more of his work.
bxa
Sep 20, 2015 bxa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Giving the author the benefit of the doubt, I may be not clever enough to read (and understand) the words behind the words.

Although I could follow the plot of all the acting people, including the storyteller/author, acting in a tightly woven net of real people making for imaginary characters and actions, I could not really see how this was meant to answer the underlying question of how and why an author constructs a story the way (s)he constructs it.

Or I could not see how the answer was given in
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Milena
Apr 11, 2013 Milena rated it liked it
Reading amos oz is like going down a familiar street, vibrating like a tuning fork when turning every stone. Rhyming life and death is embroided upon a tissue of poetry: the poetry of frailty. There is symmetry in the apparent random built of characters: all of them share the burden of a trivial existence. The author is otherwise an accountant, fearing and dreading the inconsistency of his passion just as much as the poet dreads his inexperience and the woman her boyish looks. They dance the dan ...more
Yosef Gotlieb
Mar 13, 2016 Yosef Gotlieb rated it liked it
Oz is a master writer. His literary control is estimable. Unfortunately, meaning and relevance in ths work is hard to find.
Elizabeth
Dec 30, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Very interesting book. A translation from Hebrew. Different than most things I read but enjoyed it.
Jane Larkin
Jul 26, 2014 Jane Larkin rated it liked it
Imagining the stories of the people we encounter is something we all do. Reminds me of how I used to create stories for the people I saw on the subway.
Gina
Jun 04, 2009 Gina rated it it was ok
I guess I just have very little patience for endlessly introspective grown ups who can't seem to form any functional relationships, and just bump around acting selfish and feeling lonely. I mean, when you're 14 ok. When you're 60, just get some counseling, or grow up and start acting a little kind and generous so you'll feel some happiness. I think in real life I'm more charitable towards someone like the main character in this book, but I felt a little annoyed that the whole book just hung arou ...more
Steve
Dec 22, 2011 Steve rated it it was ok
OK, maybe I didn't get it, and maybe it was just too cute, by half. I started this (very short) book a couple of times, and I just couldn't get motivated to get back to it. Even though it was (again, very) slim, I struggled to get through it, and looked forward to the non-chapter breaks as an excuse to put the book down.... The good news is that, now, this one is behind me. Ultimately, I've enjoyed Oz's works, when I've read them, but this one did not ring my bell....
Yuki
Oct 11, 2012 Yuki rated it it was amazing
the inspiration not only come from his ability to handle writing in 2-3 layers, but also from the idea that : when you write, you need to stand out from the situation, feel like looking on yourself and your citizens/subjects from a century away, with a touch of humor.

And then, 明天将会炎热而潮湿,实际上,明天就是今天。

"但首先,你必须学会如何控制汪洋恣肆的情感,写作时和自身拉开更多的距离,就像写诗的你和作为痛苦年轻人的人,是两个不同的人,好像前者在观察后者,冷静、拉开距离,甚至具有某种娱乐标准。也许你应该再写作时试一试,就像你们两人之间相隔百年之久,也就是说像诗中的年轻人与诗人之间相隔一个世纪,感受痛苦与你写下痛苦在时间上相隔了一个世纪。"
Delphine
Apr 28, 2008 Delphine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un grand écrivain ne parvient pas à rester concentré pendant le débat qui est consacré à son oeuvre. Il imagine alors le nom et la vie des personnages qui l'entourent, les englobe dans sa fiction, les dévore.

Mais, peu à peu, certains reprennent leur indépendance et menacent son récit. Réalité? Réalité dans la fiction de l'auteur réel? Fiction? Les frontières s'abolissent et le lecteur perd pied… tout comme le grand écrivain.

Un court roman, dense et très intéressant.
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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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