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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Her shoes grated on the gravel path as though they had picked up some tiny creature that...more
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
The book is both harrowing and powerfully empathetic, taking the form of a series of touching and acutely observed vignettes, centered on quite disparate and lonely characters that are linked together by delightfully tenu...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
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.
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
One story, simply called “Digging” never gets into exactly what the residents of a certain house think they are hearing in the middle of the night, but it sounds like shovels and picks, a...more
Landsbyen danner rammen om disse otte fine og foruroligende noveller, som er løst forbundne gennem personerne i landsbyen, hvor alle kender alle – og hovedpersonen i den ene novelle kan således optræde som marginal biperson i en anden. Når det kommer til stykket, viser det...more
Being Israeli, I had the advantage of reading the book in the Hebrew original. Oz's use of Hebrew is masterful, a true delight and one of the principle reasons that I so enjoyed the read. It also helps to be able to identi...more
This is a typical book which needs to be read in one sitting. I've had it on my "currently reading" list for about two months. I went back to the book ever now and then, starting over quite a few times, though there's...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
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
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
However, I could not finish this book. Maybe it's an age thing, but for me to read this high and pompous lan...more
One of the great writers of our time, Amos Oz explores the vicissitudes of life within a rural Israeli village in “Scenes from Village Life”, exploring universal themes of loneliness, fear, despair and love on an intimate stage that should resonate with readers around the globe. While he succeeds in exploring some of the difficult issues with regards to Israel’s right to exist and its uneasy co-existence with its Pal...more