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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This is a collection of stories of people in a small village called Tel Ilan, Israel. Stories, which stand on their own; with little interconnectedness.
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 (plus) year olds 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.
She wa ...more
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
But I think it's nice as a character study and interesting in it's anti-climactic plots. Can't say that I loved it like crazy, but it does make me want to read more of his books.
Not recommended for people who get bored easily and/or who prefer strong plots. Recommended for people who like interesting but not-nice characters.
Although I have to say, it oftentimes read as if Oz wrote this b ...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
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
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
The people in the stories are not _as_ lonely and frustrated as the people in Winesburg.
The stories span multiple chapters, and all end just as something interesting is about to happen.
The people all seem pretty real.
I assume the author is making a point about life in Israel that might be clear to an Israeli reader, but is pretty opaque to me. The last story is odd and different to all the others. I don't know what it was about.
I'd have said 5 ...more
That and an ending that makes no sense in this context whatsoever. What is ...more
Очаквах, че „Сцени от живота на село“ ще е по-ведра в сравнение с „Между приятели“. Все пак във втората се разказва за кибуц, където има много ограничения и правила. А тук е „свободно“ село. Но настроението, което усетих, може да се обобщи с думата „сумрак“. И една особена тишина, забуленост, застоял въздух; ...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
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