Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Suddenly in the Depths of the Forest” as Want to Read:
Suddenly in the Depths of the Forest
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Suddenly in the Depths of the Forest

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  983 Ratings  ·  112 Reviews
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 t ...more
ebook, 144 pages
Published March 21st 2011 by Houghton Mifflin (first published 2005)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Suddenly in the Depths of the Forest, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Suddenly in the Depths of the Forest

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Heidi Sauter
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Suddenly In the Depths of the Forest

A fairy Tale

A Feast for the Senses


Food for Thought


Magic for Spiritual Insight


In this magical Fairy Tale Amos Oz weaves for us, in his subliminal lyrical and gentle way, a beautiful tapestry with life’s yarns and threads of wondrous colours, shades and hues; taking as a metaphor the image of an isolated village, its inhabitants young and old, a powerful dividing mountain river, a dark foreboding wood and a mysterious castle.




Over past events, the vi
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
Tsung Wei
This is an enchanting fable, targeted at the younger reader, yet it has themes which might require a bit more maturity for understanding.

Starting off in an isolated village near a mysterious forest, we soon learn that this is no ordinary village. Curious things have happened. The most puzzling being all the animals, birds and insects vanishing, leaving the older generation with vague memories of the creatures and the younger generation with myths and legends. It is up to the heroine, an intrepid
Ivana Books Are Magic
One of the most beautiful fairy tales that I have ever read and I have read quite a few. One of those rare achievements, a profound work of literature that is accessible to both children and adults. Like in some classic fairy tale, its protagonists are two brave children, a boy and a girl. They live in a village from which all the animals disappeared long ago. Adults refuse to talk about this event, but they can’t help to recall it at times. Only two adults, an old man and a spinster school teac ...more
Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, israeliani
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
Israel Montoya Baquero
Para ser mi primera aproximación a la obra de Oz, he de decir que me he quedado ampliamente satisfecho con lo leído. Una pequeña fábula, dulcemente contada, que se lee de una sentada, y que aun así consigue intrigarte, emocionarte, y devorar página tras página para ver que es lo que ocurre en el extraño pueblo en el que sucede la historia.
Y aun así, y con todo, la historia te deja un poso de malestar, un resquemor en lo más hondo del alma, ya que, bajo toda la trama, lo que subyace realmente es
Alessandra JJ
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uma fábula maravilhosa, de tocar o coração <3. A escrita do autor israelense é fantástica, não tem como parar de ler. Ansiosa para ler mais coisas dele. Recomendado <3
La plume d'Amos Oz nous livre un conte fantastique très agréable à lire. Dans un village de montagne, tous les animaux ont disparu il y a si longtemps que seuls les adultes s'en souviennent (mais souhaitent également l'oublier). Deux enfants s'aventurent dans la forêt où, paraît-il, une créature terrifiante règne dès la tombée de la nuit. Ce livre propose un bel hymne à la tolérance mais j'ai eu aussi envie d'y voir une petite incitation au végétarisme !
Melissa Roach
Mar 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Aug 08, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, j-fic
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
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairy-tales
this is the kind of book in which the meaning , the saying of the book is not in the actions and the happenings, but in the hidden meaning behind them. yet, it is very breezy to read and does not reach the cluttered heaviness other philosophical oriented books tend to do.
Carol Catinari
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Feb 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Zohar -
Feb 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
“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.
Mar 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Molly (Conan the Librarian) Crumbley
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
Dani Peloquin
Apr 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Jan 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
2,5 stelle. Mi aspettavo molto di più da questo testo, il finale soprattutto mi ha deluso parecchio. Non avevo idea di come si sarebbe potuta evolvere la vicenda data una premessa di partenza così intrigante, però mi è sembrato che anche l'autore sia incappato nel mio stesso problema... Comunque alcuni aspetti positivi ci sono stati, tipo la forma narrativa e diversi messaggi che l'autore vuole trasmettere. Abbiamo tra le mani una vera e propria favola nera, che riprende lo stile narrativo tipic ...more
- 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
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
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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.
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-nora
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
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Non conoscevo Amos Oz. Ho vinto questo libro ad un concorso, e mai sono stata più soddisfatta. È stata una splendida scoperta, la narrazione scorre che è un piacere, a tratti sembra di star leggendo un libro per bambini (per questo va ringraziato anche il traduttore, non bisogna MAI dimenticarlo!).
È una fiaba magica, che trasporta il lettore nel mondo fatato e oscuro di questo piccolo paese dal quale sono spariti, in circostanze misteriose, tutti gli animali, e che si legge tutta d'un fiato, non
In dit sprookje van de Israëlische auteur Amos Oz zijn op een dag alle dieren uit een 'stil en droevig' dorp verdwenen. Twee kinderen gaan op onderzoek uit, tegen alle bange adviezen van de dorpelingen in. Zij komen er achter dat een weggepeste dorpsbewoner, Nehi, 'de gruwelijke tovenaar van de bergen', de dieren ooit heeft meegenomen naar het woud.
Het sprookje heeft een sterke moraal: wees verdraagzaam, laat je verbeelding spreken, veroordeel niet te snel. Het sprookje komt een beetje traag op
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
La Stamberga dei ...: D'un tratto nel folto del bosco di Amos Oz 1 5 Dec 07, 2012 04:31AM  
  • Her Body Knows
  • A Late Divorce
  • The Water of the Wondrous Isles
  • Homesick
  • Your Money or Your Life: Economy and Religion in the Middle Ages
  • The Benefactress
  • Non ora, non qui
  • A Glancing Light (The Chris Norgren Mysteries, #2)
  • The Swoop!, or How Clarence Saved England: A Tale of the Great Invasion
  • The Memory Bank
  • Only Yesterday
  • The Judge
  • Profetiens Utvalgte (Phenomena, #1)
  • Problems of Knowledge and Freedom: The Russell Lectures
Amos Oz or 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 P ...more
More about Amos Oz...

Share This Book