תמונות מחיי הכפר / Temunot me-ḥaye ha-kefar
In the village of Tel Ilan, something is off kilter. An elderly man complains to his daughter that he hears the sound of digging under his house at night. Could it be his tenant, a young Arab? But then the tenant hears the mysterious digging sounds too. The mayor receives a note from his wife: "...more
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Certainly, there are broad hints in that direction: the characters who people the majority of Oz's eight stories live tentative, uncertain lives; Tel Ilan, their rural village in question, itself seems to exist in a state of perpetual unease.
Yet conflict of the political kind is only once overtly addressed, in 'Singi...more
Beschreven wordt het eigenlijk heel saaie doodgewone leven in het stadje, maar toch voel je in ieder verhaal een onrust en een onderhuidse spanning, bijvoorbeeld in het...more
However, I could not finish this book. Maybe it's an age thing, but for me to read this high and pompous lan...more
There is so much humor...more
"Such strange moments invite a sharp awareness of the author and his choices. Stories which break with traditional realism – especially if they are open-ended – tend to ambiguity, meaning readers will be especially receptive to any perceived subtextual clues. Given the book’s setting, those they find will easily be understood as relating to the on-going crisis of the Middle East, although Oz, a vocal and energetic essayist who is not shy about voic...more
Scenes from Village Life cannot be described as a novel nor as a short-story collection. It features a number of interconnected tales, which I would simply describe as short glimpses of everyday life.
The stories take place in the fictitious village of Tel Ilan, where lately a lot of strange things happen to some quite common people. Firstly, in Heirs, we have the story of a retired lawyer w...more
Her shoes grated on the gravel path as though they had picked up some tiny creature that...more
I enjoyed the way Oz set the scene for each story. I read the opening paragraphs several times because I liked them so much. I enjoyed seeing the same characters in each of the stories. By the end of the book I felt like I knew this village. Still I was frustrated that the stories had no endings....more
Dorpsleven van de Israelische schrijver Amos Oz sluit mooi aan op De veerboot. De bewoners in het dorpje Tel Ilan in het noorden van Israël zijn gewone mensen, lijkt het, maar zodra het verhaal zich ontvouwt duiken kleine obsessies en vervreemdingen op bij de personages. Zoals Arjee Tselnik in het verhaal Erfgenamen zijn dagen slijt met zijn oude dove moeder in het oudste en mooiste huis van de streek, todat een zonderlinge bezoek...more
“ ‘They all hate us. How could they not? If I were them I’d hate us too. In fact, I’d hate us even without being them’” (58).
“ ‘The last of the anti-Semites hasn’t been born yet. And never will be’” (67).
"She is suddenly sorry for herself and feels sad for the days that go by so aimlessly and pointlessly. The school year is ending, then it will be the summer holiday, and then another year will begin,...more
As I was reading the book I got cozier and cozier, with this small village life. There was a climax, I would say, with fifty year olds (plus) gathering at a place for singing. But then the last “chapter” blew it all, because it’s no more in Tel Ilan: but in another time, and in another place.
But first some of the characters of Tel Ilan.
If there is a hidden meaning in the stories, I must have missed it.
It is not a bad book however, because Amos Oz is clearly a...more
The prose is precise and deliberate heightening each individual's alienation by surreal and metaphorical images of unknown sounds, constricted light, missing persons, and dark cellars.
Oz does a fabulous job and just in case the reader doesn't get it, he throws in an Arabic stu...more