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Black Box by Amos Oz
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Jan 21, 11

really liked it

At first I thought this was a weaker novel than Oz's "My Michael". The form of the story told mainly through written letters the characters sent to one another felt clunky and inappropriate for the type of story Amos Oz it seemed was trying to tell.

To an extent these initial failings still persist in the rating for the book. But, oddly enough, "Black Box" succeeds in areas where "My Michael" did not. The characters here feel more human, in that they not only fall but are simultaneously cognizant and in denial of their shortcomings unlike "My Michael" where every character, including Hannah Gonen the narrator, is enshrouded in a blithe atmosphere of apathy and subtle (at times not so subtle) contempt.

A good read all in all.

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