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“In a world full of hype, noise, and confusion, the simple lucidity of The Same Sea is totally unexpected.” — New York Times Book Review

The Same Sea is Amos Oz’s most adventurous and inventive book, a novel of lyrical beauty and narrative power. We meet the middle-aged Albert; his wife, whom he has lost to cancer; his prodigal son, who wanders the mountains of Tibet hoping
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Paperback, 216 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Mariner Books (first published 1999)
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Carla
Jan 05, 2015 Carla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um romance que é um imenso poema de vozes que se entrelaçam, de vidas arrebatadas por outras vidas e pela morte, de recordações, de procura e de encontro… e de perda.
Amos Oz edifica “O Mesmo Mar” a partir de fragmentos de alma, de cintilações mudas, de ausências presentes, de epopeias interiores e o resultado é um fresco de vidas em busca de um sentido. Navegando o mesmo mar.

“Como uma corça ansiando pelas águas vivas, assim a minha alma.
E dois ciprestes movem-se de cá para lá em silenciosa devo
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Кремена Михайлова
Най-много ми харесаха страниците 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 ……………… 249.

Или: искаше ми се да препиша цялата книга. Това не звучи много убедително, защото съм използвала изречението и преди за други книги. Но не за стотици. А за десетина...

Може ли в един роман да има всичко? Може – но рядко с такава лиричност. И споеност на цялата история въпреки нетрадиционната форма. Дори със своите около 260 части. Мънички или средни перлички. Ако това е наречено експеримент, за мен резултатът е върх
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Daniel DiStefano
Jul 07, 2009 Daniel DiStefano rated it it was amazing
Ever since the first time I read this, it has become the book by which all other books are judged. Oz's verse has such a melancholic beauty to it. Still not a book for everyone, but if it's a book for you, you will never forget it.
T4ncr3d1
Jan 05, 2012 T4ncr3d1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"In fondo ognuno è condannato ad aspettare la propria morte nell'isolamento di una gabbia. Anche tu, che cosa credi, con i tuoi vagabondaggi e la tua ossessione di andare lontano e accumulare esperienze, in fondo non fai che trascinarti dietro la tua gabbia da un angolo all'altro dello zoo."

Confesso che ho molto peccato, perché a leggere questo libricino a metà tra prosa e poesia, fatto di suggestioni leggere, riferimenti paesaggistici (il mare sopra tutti), languori e sentimenti, ho pensato fac
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Shane
Aug 03, 2011 Shane rated it liked it
A novel told in a mixture of poetry and prose – a novel approach, I dare say. However, I came to understand why novels and poetry stand apart as two different forms, and although they borrow heavily from each other, the fusion of the two into “the same sea” leaves one quite “at sea.”

The author enters the minds of a group of people in Israel: a widowed father, his soul-searching son, the son’s stay-behind girlfriend and her lovers, the son’s pick-up girlfriend while on the road, the father’s wann
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Samuel Mustri
Jun 16, 2013 Samuel Mustri rated it it was amazing
The novel, infused with sadness, longing and ache, slips easily from prose into poetry and vice versa. The series of poems, like the sea of the title, are constantly changing, yet remain the same. Each section can stand on its own or be read as part of the whole. We know very little about the cast of characters and yet they feel like family by the time the story is finished.
This book will entertain anyone who can enjoy an 'out of the ordinary' reading experience. A master creation by Israel's gr
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Nikoleta
Oct 22, 2013 Nikoleta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Много ми хареса тази книга на Амос Оз. Още от "Познание за жена" си знам, че ще прочета всичко негово (на български) и сега съм повече от надъхана. Представям си как потъвам в историите му през студените, зимни месеци и с последната страница едвам се измъквам от тях.

Всъщност ми остават "Черната кутия", "Сцени от живота на село", "История за любов и мрак" и "Между приятели". Но няма да бързам, както досега.
Andrea Guggenheim
May 25, 2010 Andrea Guggenheim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
This is a rare and special sort of read! An entire story is told through short poems. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves words. Beautiful imagery - some of it referenced from the Bible. It is a translation from the original Hebrew - I cannot imagine it could be more lovely. A widower awaits his son who has gone wandering. A boy leaves his parents (one living, the other dead) and is haunted by both their ghosts. His girlfriend stays with his father the widower and creates the story ...more
Bookmaniac70
Тази книга ми се струва по-различна от останалите романи на Амос Оз. Нещо като творчески експеримент.Замислена е като серия поетизирани картини, които разкриват чувствата и страховете на героите, както и техните взаимоотношения.. Липсва малко спойката на прозата, но ми хареса. Има някои красиви моменти, интересно се преливат чувствата на героите, като поредица моментални снимки.
Vera
Mar 01, 2011 Vera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Più che la storia mi sono rimaste impresse delle frasi ed il raccontare la solitudine, la perdita, le molte voci d'Israele.
Bello, conto di rileggerlo. Credo che Oz abbia il dono di saper descrivere bene quel che sente un uomo dentro, fino in fondo. La sua unica "pecca", ricordare troppo, nei temi e nello stile il suo amico Yehoshua. (Mia opinione, magari non condivisibile).
Jana
Jan 24, 2009 Jana rated it it was amazing
ohhhhhhhhhhhh, oh ohhhhhhhhhhhhh. wonderful. he intertwines hope and despair in a way that seems to wrap tight in a foggy blanket the main point of all that we do and are. revolutionary way to write a novel, prosy poetry, or poetic prose???
Wijnand Marchal
Nov 12, 2016 Wijnand Marchal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Same Sea is a funny, sensual and intimate novel following the fate of some peculiar characters. Oz narrates the story in different styles, short chapters and poems, all in an almost intoxicating rhythm, albeit sometimes too abstract. At the end of the book, the translator explains how Oz uses parts of the Old Testament as a literary source. This extra layer makes the story even more intriguing. It's regarded as Oz' best work.
Iwan
Er staan mooie passages in dit boekje maar voor mij werkt deze hybride vertelvorm (een mengsel van proza en poëzie) helaas niet. Ik zeg helaas omdat ik na het lezen van Judas verliefd was op de pen van Oz en me voor had genomen om meer van hem te lezen.
Ann
p.22 - The Narrator, about Rico David (the son)
You too, with your traveling, your obsession to go further and further away and hoard more and more experiences, are carting your own cage around with you to the outer edge of the zoo. Everyone has their own captivity. The bars separate everyone from everyone else.

p.78 - Giggy Ben-Gal ("friend of Rico's"), about Dubi Dombrov ("shabby film producer")
The kid's jealous. He sits there wriggling on his chair, full of wretchedness and shame, and at the sa
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Zaveqna
Feb 28, 2010 Zaveqna rated it really liked it
Като изключим опитите ми да чета The Time Traveller's Wife (от която вече май се отказах - все едно четеш сценарии за някакъв нов, уж-по-задушевен-и-уж-много-"инстински" вариант на "Сексът и градът". Иначе, филма вероятно ще го гледам, защото хубавото книгата със сигурност ще успеят да го поместят в 2 часа, макар да не си струва 2 седмици четене), отдавна не бях чела книга на английски. Беше изненадващо приятно и вдъхновяващо, предполагам защото самата книга е такава. Не бях чела нещо подобно ...more
Penny
Sep 30, 2015 Penny rated it it was amazing
Startlingly wonderful!! This is one of the most amazing books I have read, and I rarely give 5 stars. The copy I hold in my hands is from the library, and I am going to have to force myself to turn it in. I will probably have to have my own copy.

The novel was written in Hebrew and translated into English, but the words are so perfect that you don't know how they were not written exactly like they are from the beginning. The format is unusual -- most pages containing one poem establishing or emb
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Debbie
Aug 21, 2016 Debbie added it
Didn't actually finish this tho I came close. It's a novel told in prose and poetry, by each person in the narrative. I was not in the right frame of mind to figure out the more poetical pages. Overall it felt sad to me, everyone had some incident or thought, or history to burden them.

"What else can i say you you, sir, people are a riddle, even the ones you think you know best. You sleep in the same bed together for ....years, you know every hair on their head, their illnesses, their secrets, th
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Michael Kaye
Feb 22, 2016 Michael Kaye rated it it was amazing
I can't think of another book whose chapters are one page each. Poetic without sounding like poetry, like Margaret Duras (rhythmic, terse, clean, rich with pictures), but more grounded in a concrete, sensuality, this strange blend of fiction and reality moves from character to author as character--in his study in Arad, Israel (I know, I visited him there)--via each page's stunning beauty springing us to the next. How Oz manages to convey what feels like the arc of an entire chapter in one page ...more
La Stamberga dei Lettori
Jan 29, 2012 La Stamberga dei Lettori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tancredi
Confesso che ho molto peccato, perché a leggere questo libricino a metà tra prosa e poesia, fatto di suggestioni leggere, riferimenti paesaggistici (il mare sopra tutti), languori e sentimenti, ho pensato facilmente a Baricco. E mi dolgo dei miei peccati!
La verità è che scrivere un libro che mescoli prosa e poesia, nell'assoluta anarchia di forma e struttura, è sempre impresa ardua, si finisce sempre col suscitare occhiatacce di sospetto e scetticismo. E' anche vero che un libro del genere non c
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Barbara
Jul 05, 2016 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, fiction
This book is not for anyone looking for a fast moving plot that unfolds logically. It's not for anyone who is looking for a quick, light read. It's an unconventional format -- Is it poetry? Is it prose? Is it both? It's not an easy book to get into, and there were times I was genuinely surprised at how long it was taking me to read. But there is something deep, moving, and intimate about these intersecting portraits of a father, his son, his deceased wife, his wannabe girlfriend, his son's ...more
Michael Scott
Mar 28, 2014 Michael Scott rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
TODO:
+ Amos Oz could write well about anything
+/- the topic of father-son estrangement got lost in the very broad fiction
+ the story of the love affair interrupted by disease and distance was interesting
- the story about a failed script writer and a travel to Spain reminded me of the convoluted multi-continent stories of Haruki Murakami but without the necessary energy and depth
-- I did not enjoy the style (elusive, other times lyrical; at yet other times through omniscient narrator supervise
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Joyce
Aug 03, 2013 Joyce rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
Borrowed from public library.
Born in Jerusalem in 1939, Amos Oz is the highly regarded author of numerous works of fiction and collections of essays. Awards, translated into more than 30 languages. Lives in Israel.
Mixture of prose, poetry tells a story, interacting characters (dead and alive) with Narrator's voice.
Unbelievably raw, much focus on the flesh. Son is dealing with mother's death, yet all centered around basic human needs.
Translator alos many prized.
Didn't really like the book.
Jacques Desrosiers
Mar 30, 2013 Jacques Desrosiers rated it it was amazing
L'un des plus beaux romans que j'aie lus. Écrit avec une telle liberté que bien d'autres écrivains ont l'air pris dans une camisole de force par comparaison. On entend presque les coeurs battre dans ce livre. Suite de récits, conversations entre morts et vivants, poèmes, dialogues intérieurs, citations bibliques, imbroglios (quel humour !), rencontres, magouilles — et cette finale où un changement de ton abrupt, sur quelques lignes, donne une force soudaine au personnage un peu perdu. Sorte de ...more
M
Jan 28, 2015 M rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Non amo(s) Oz
A metà tra la prosa e la poesia. E questo non sarà "nuovo" ma è bello o, meglio, lo sarebbe se poi ci fosse una storia con un qualche senso.
Qui c'è solo un'accolta di solitudini diverse, di personaggi, a volte strani (perfino il narratore diventa parte), a volte grotteschi, che vogliono quello che non possono avere o che non c'è.
E tutto resta in sospeso, come ad aspettare che il mare riporti indietro quello che non è stato, che non è più, che non sarà.
Maggie
May 20, 2008 Maggie rated it it was amazing
I seem to be a fan of not only the extremely post-modern (read: an author who periodically inserts himself into the narrative, etc.), but also the middle-age loss of identity/purpose stories. Even so, this book was touching, sensitive, and exquisitely beautiful. The format was especially interesting, moving in and out of poetry and prose almost seamlessly. I find Amos Oz's style very poignant, and it's interesting to read this book keeping the fact that it is translated into English in mind.
Denise Rathman
Feb 17, 2013 Denise Rathman rated it it was amazing
This was a book read by the All Souls Unitarian, DC book group some time ago. It was my introduction to Amos Oz. I would have never, ever in a million years picked up this book at the bookstore on my own. The writing style (looks like - I guess it is - a novel length free verse poem) would have immediately put me off.

I absolutely loved this book and would list it as one of my all time favorite novels.
Susan Rothenberg
Feb 08, 2010 Susan Rothenberg rated it really liked it
A very differently organized novel, told in the voices of six or so characters whose lives are connected - a widower,his deceased wife, his son,the son's girlfriend and a couple of others. The book is a mixture of prose and poetry, as well as classical and Biblical allusions. There is no resolutions to issues, but somehow that fits with the style of the book.
Vasil Kolev
Mar 19, 2010 Vasil Kolev rated it liked it
This is an excuse for a book. A sorry one.

It's like he sat, wrote a ton of notes in different ways, a few pages here, the idea in verse here, my own thoughts, etc., and then left to the reader to pick up the pieces. It wouldn't have been so bad if it was actually an interesting story, but as far as his stories go, this one is pretty weak.
Nancy
Mar 04, 2009 Nancy rated it liked it
Translated from Hebrew, very different, challenging writing style (poetry mixed with and prose). The story of an elderly widow whose son goes off to Tibet to find himself, while his son's girlfriend flirts with the father.
Amy
Aug 19, 2009 Amy rated it liked it
I enjoyed the exposure to cultures and places I am not at all familiar with. The writing style takes a little bit of energy as time is fluid and reality and dreams are somewhat blurred, but I always like ambiguous reality. It felt new and exotic.
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Amos Oz or 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 ...more
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