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Suddenly In the Depths of the Forest

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In a village far away, deep in a valley, all the animals and birds disappeared some years ago. Only the rebellious young teacher and an old man talk about animals to the children, who have never seen such (mythical) creatures. Otherwise there's a strange silence round the whole subject. One wretched, little boy has dreams of animals, begins to whoop like an owl, is regarde ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published February 18th 2010 by Chatto & Windus (first published 2005)
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Lisa Guidarini
Fairy tales appear deceptively simple, when, in fact, the reverse is true. They must work on more than one level: they must include interesting characters and a fast-paced plot to keep children interested; a moral a child can identify, and often there is a third layer - a moral lesson for adults to dig into in more detail, a take-away life lesson, for lack of a better term, to keep the story compelling enough to keep the adult reader reading.

Suddenly in the Depths of the Forest is an intricate s
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T4ncr3d1
Ben lontano dai più caratteristici romanzi di Oz, D'un tratto nel folto del bosco è un affettuoso omaggio alla tradizione fiabesca, un inno alla capacità immaginativa dei bambini, alla loro spensierata innocenza che si traduce in uno scenario bucolico e arcadico, che sa di tempi lontani e andati.
Un villaggio, un bosco, un mistero - l'improvvisa, inspiegabile scomparsa degli animali. Nel rispetto affezionato del canone, Oz delinea in maniera netta i confini allegorici del piccolo villagio e del b
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Suddenly in the Depths of the Forest reads like a folk tale/fairy tale, and actually frequently reminded me of a number of other stories, although it never actually turned into any of them. At one point, there was a clear reference to Persephone, for example. I expected a bit more fairy tale than folk tale, I guess, so I was a bit surprised to find it without a neat ending tied up in a bow.

The story is well-written and clever. I love stories about animals, even in their absence. Can you imagine
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Meredith
Matti and Maya, two children who live in a village in which all the animals disappeared years before they were born, set out on a quest up the mountainside to meet Nehi the Demon, who is responsible for the animals' disappearance.

Oh book, I am disappointed. This had such potential, but the story itself was so full of problems, that I just didn't enjoy it at all. The author wrote with such a passive style, that I often found myself zoning out and having to re-read passages two or three times. I d
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Juli Rahel
I have always been a fan of Amos Oz and was very exited when my request for 'Suddenly in the Depths of the Forest' was accepted.

It will be published on the 21st of March, 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
It is a childrens book and recommended for 10-14 year olds.
Pages: 144
I got this book from netGalley for free.


The main characters in this book are Matti and Maya and they live in "the village". This village doesn't have a name, but the name isn't important. Something tragic has happened in the
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Pat
p. 15. “Gli adulti ancora in grado di ricordare di solito preferivano tacere. Negare. Far finta di avere dimenticato”.

Accade a chi non riesce a penetrare nel folto del bosco. Accade a chi fugge, a chi ha paura. Accade ai vigliacchi.
I vigliacchi che negano, tacciono e fingono di non ricordare illudendosi di poter così cancellare quella coltre di fango che lorda la coscienza.
Solo i puri intraprendono il viaggio. Ci va coraggio e sensibilità. Doti che hanno solo i bambini e gli animali. E tutte le
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Semnebune
Povestea are puterea miraculoasă de a apropia două suflete, două minți aflate în trupuri îndepărtate care poate nu se ating niciodată. Ne spunem povești și ne invităm unii pe alții în realitatea fiecăruia, atingem punctele senzuale și sensibile ale propriior imagini despre realitate, transmitem informații și ne legăm afectiv între noi. Rolul poveștilor în societatea postmodernă este un subiect numai bun pentru o lucrare de doctorat și cu toate că s-a mai scris, cu siguranță, despre ceste lucruri ...more
Gláucia Renata
Comprei o livro após ler o maravilhoso (e forte) A Caixa Preta do autor. Classificado como infanto juvenil é uma espécie de fábula tratando de um tema meio em voga, o bullying, que sempre existiu mas com um nome mais brasileiro. É legalzinho mas faltou encanto, fantasia e carisma, não sei se agradaria aos pequenos leitores. Parece ter faltado um final mas é apenas um gancho para reflexão.


""Nos acostumaram a só nos alegrarmos com o que temos, se o que temos for só nosso e de mais ninguém. E pior
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Nesa Sivagnanam
Once upon a time, there was a little village, far away.

"The village was grey and gloomy. Around it on all sides were only mountains and forests, clouds and wind."

The village is a sad and lonely place, defined only by negation: "it was always eerily silent, no cow mooed, no donkey brayed, no bird chirped, no flock of wild geese crossed the empty sky, and the villagers barely spoke to each other beyond the essential things."

Long ago some terrible catastrophe has befallen the village, about which
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Sely
"En effet, quiconque refuse de se fondre dans le moule, d'être comme tout le monde souffre de la maladie du hennissement, ou du hurlement, ou de Dieu sait quoi, et alors, il a l'intérêt à se tenir à l'écart pour ne pas contaminer les autres".
L'histoire de "Soudain dans la forêt profonde" s'ouvre avec un mystère fascinant: où sont-ils les animaux du village? ont-ils jamais vraiment existé? C est un conte pour enfants et pour adultes qui se développe à travers une écriture aussi riche que simple.
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Carol
N came across this one herself in her library wanderings. The author's name rang a bell for me, and I was intrigued to see that he is, indeed, a famous author. She loves the book--I think the mystery and strangeness of the fable and the poetry of the language appeal to her. She also was pleased that the girl character is braver than the boy. Like others, though, she was disappointed in the ending.

ETA: It seems like mine is the only review of this book featuring An Actual Live Child. People seem
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Carol Catinari
An intriguing premise. There are no longer any animals in this particular village... and the allegory begins. Nicely written also. This is written for young readers and billed as a fable for the younger set, allegory for adult.
Molly the Librarian
Amos Oz’s new book Suddenly in the Depths of the Forest is an intricately woven fable with an enchanted quality hovering around the edges. Matti and Maya, a pair of inseparable young friends, live in a cursed village that was robbed of all of its animal life one dark night by Nehi the mountain demon. Not even the tiniest trace of the lost creatures remains; not a whisker, not a hair, not a claw. Only memories, which are quickly becoming lost as the children’s parents grow older and forget the pe ...more
K's Bognoter
Fortællingen har eventyrets enkle form og rummer de besværgende gentagelser, der hører sig til i genren. Der lurer i teksten fra start til slut en underliggende, skæbnesvanger uhygge, noget mørkt og ildevarslende knyttet til de voksnes aktive fortrængning af fortiden. Denne stemning forløses kun delvist i fortællingens afsluttende lidt banale, børneagtigt udtalte morale om, at man ikke skal mobbe hinanden eller udelukke nogen fra fællesskabet. Som voksen læser sidder man til gengæld tilbage med ...more
Rebecca A. Rogers
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Constance Pappas
Mar 01, 2011 Constance Pappas rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Love an allegory>
Recommended to Constance by: Advance Reader's Copy
This book has layers like the Grand Canyon. Each band reveals something significant to the whole story. How is it that a village has no animals? How is it possible that the children in the village have never heard a dog bark, cat meow or goat bleat? The village in Oz’s story is cursed. The windows are shuttered at night and the children all understand, accept that Nehi, the Mountain Demon did it all. Emanuella the Teacher knows the truth, but no one will listen to her and over time she falls sil ...more
Heidi Burleigh
This is a minor work by a major writer, Israeli author Amos Oz. As you would expect from a writer of Oz's caliber, the book reads well from the start: "Emanuella the Teacher described to the class what a bear looks like, how fish breathe, and the kind of sounds a hyena makes at night. She also hung pictures of animals and birds on the classroom walls. Most of the children made fun of her because they'd never seen an animal in their lives. ... Silently and sadly the village lived its simple life. ...more
Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
“Suddenly In the Depths of the Forest” by award winning Israeli author Amos Oz (archive) is a short novel which you can read to your kids. Oz set out to write a folk tale and succeeded in more ways than one.

Once upon a time there was a village. The village had no animals, no cows, dogs or pigs, not even worms, fish or spiders. None of the adults are willing to speak about that catastrophe and at night they bolt their doors of fear from Nehi, the Mountain Demon who is blamed for their misfortune.
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Jessica Harrison
via Cracking the Cover
Imagine a world with no animals. No dogs, cats, goats, fish or even snails. That’s the reality for people living in a small village in Amos Oz’s “Suddenly in the Depths of the Forest.”

All the animals disappeared in the middle of the night years ago. No one talks about their disappearance, and no one knows why they’re gone. The village, it appears, is cursed.

So when two young children suddenly see a fish, they have to question it’s existence. It was only for a second, but th
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Totoptero Bastidas
Mi madre se preocupaba mucho cuando yo era niño. De su boca escuché por primera vez la palabra misantropía al momento en que me pidió, casi rogándome, que saliera de casa. Yo vivía todo el tiempo en mi cuarto leyendo libros, cómics y dibujando en hojas tamaño carta escenas de un final nuclear entre Estados Unidos y la Unión Soviética. En una acción desesperada, decidió convencerme de una socialización necesaria y me hizo ver cómo los miércoles en la biblioteca de la ciudad hacían una reunión que ...more
A Book Vacation
I am sorry to say that I am not a fan on this novel, however, I believe it is perfect for middle grade readers. This novel is geared toward 10-14 year olds, and the writing is very clear and concise. When I first picked up the novel, I thought it would be similar to The Messenger and The Giver by Lois Lowry. In a way, it was similar, but it was also unique unto itself.

My main issue with this novel deals with the repetition and writing style utilized, but keep in mind that I am an adult reviewin
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Jaime
- This review is for the ARC -

Suddenly In the Depths of the Forest, by renowned Israeli author Amos Oz, is intended for ages 10-14 and reads like an old folktale. It has a sort of primitive, sing-song quality that is best rendered aloud.

The story is a moody allegory about a remote village where all the animals, domestic and wild, have disappeared. There is a great mystery surrounding this disappearance, whispered about by adults, but a young boy and girl, Matti and Maya, do not believe the expl
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Dani Peloquin
I truly enjoyed this book. At a lean 120+ pages, Amos Oz crams in a fantastic tale about a village that has lost of all its animals to the Mountain Demon. The older residents of the village remember animals from the childhood, but their children have never seen a live animal. One day, two children from the village think that they see a fish. They are astonished by their finding and decide to venture into the forest in hopes of finding the other animals that were taken from them years before.

This
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Penelope
This review was originally published on:The Reading Fever.


I found Suddenly in the Depths of the Forest very charming, and reminiscent of an old cautionary fairy tale. There are hints of mystery and fantasy mixed in, and the characters are young, making it perfect for older middle-grade students.

The plot is unique; it's different from anything I have read, and Amos Oz shows his skill by creating a message about life: that we should not ridicule those who are different. He also brings up a very im
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Melissa Roach
Description:
In a gray and gloomy village, all of the animals—from dogs and cats to fish and snails—disappeared years before. No one talks about it and no one knows why, though everyone agrees that the village has been cursed. But when two children see a fish—a tiny one and just for a second—they become determined to unravel the mystery of where the animals have gone. And so they travel into the depths of the forest with that mission in mind, terrified and hopeful about what they may encounter.

Fr
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Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
This book is a middle reader, targeted for the 10-14 year old age group. A few spots may be a bit tricky for the youngest in this group, however, for the most part, it is written in clear, concise language perfect for middle readers.

This is a sort of folk tale, about Maya, daughter of Lilia the Baker, and Matti, her best friend. They live in a cursed village where none of the children have ever seen animals ... not a bird, not a dog, not a fish, not a cat. Sometimes they can catch an adult sayin
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Bernardo Serra
Its a good book. Has a good ideia behind it, but lacks on execution. Book is way too small, could have been much better if it extended the narrative and explained more about the why's of the animals disappearance and peoples motivation, that seemed too shallow and childish. Also, has some inconsistencies on narrative, for example, some animals decide to follow the whole pack for fear of being discriminated by others, even if in the story animals coudnt/wouldnt mock or discriminate others. ...more
La Stamberga dei Lettori
Ben lontano dai più caratteristici romanzi di Oz, D'un tratto nel folto del bosco è un affettuoso omaggio alla tradizione fiabesca, un inno alla capacità immaginativa dei bambini, alla loro spensierata innocenza che si traduce in uno scenario bucolico e arcadico, che sa di tempi lontani e andati.
Un villaggio, un bosco, un mistero - l'improvvisa, inspiegabile scomparsa degli animali. Nel rispetto affezionato del canone, Oz delinea in maniera netta i confini allegorici del piccolo villagio e del b
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Emilio
Honestly, I didn't like at all this book. The way the chapters were distributed was just rude to the readers. It's incredibly distracting to put thirty three chapters in one hundred and eighteen pages. Also, I felt the writing style was foul. In the ideas that were important, they were vaguely described, and the futile and senseless ideas had an incredible elaboration that wasn't needed at all, which made you return to the other chapters.
Laura
This is one of those books where I am perfectly aware that I am missing something here. I know I tend to prefer books to be more straightforward and focused on a story rather than lyrical and deep. The back cover blurb could have a promising plot, but this is not a plot kind of book. I still finished it because it can be a quick and easy read, but I didn't enjoy it for the poetry and philosophical text that it probably is. I am reasonably intelligent and I don't consider myself to be a shallow p ...more
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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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