Only with this book and with Jane Eyre did I finish and miss the story. But not the actual story; it was the characters, the narrator, and the tale that I missed. THAT is genius.
I learned so much from Amos Oz and his way of recounting his childhood. And some people say that they had trouble with the start of the book. I enjoyed it all! It's been long (and probably will be long) since a book has made me laugh out loud, although at the same time it was horribly depressing. It was a feverish read.
Anyways, I must re-read this. I learned so much, about everything (life, literature, Israel) thanks to Amos Oz's tale of love and darkness. I recommend it, and if you struggle through the slightly dull retelling of the Klausner history then, please, as a personal favor, get to page 300 at least. It's worth the time.
My favorite part? The characters.
(I was a privileged reader in that I was in Israel while I read it.)