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Between Friends

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,542 ratings  ·  192 reviews
'On the kibbutz it's hard to know. We're all supposed to be friends but very few really are.'

Amos Oz's compelling new fiction offers revelatory glimpses into the secrets and frustrations of the human heart, played out by a community of misfits united by political disagreement, intense dissatisfaction and lifetimes of words left unspoken.

Ariella, unhappy in love, confides i
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Published May 2nd 2013 by Chatto & Windus (first published 2012)
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Jun 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I watched Natalie Portman’s A Tale of Love and Darkness last year, which is based on the autobiographical novel of the same name by Israeli author Amos Oz. But this collection of eight short stories was my first read by the author and now I'm intrigued to find more of his works.

Amos Oz's compelling new fiction offers revelatory glimpses into the secrets and frustrations of the human heart, played out by a community of misfits united by political disagreement, intense dissatisfaction and lifetime
Eight short stories, situated in an Israeli kibbutz, in the 1950s, thus in the pioneering years of the Jewish state. I must admit that I wasn’t really familiar with the kibbutz model; I knew that it was a form of collective working and living, mostly inspired by marxism and focused on self-sufficiency. Amos Oz makes that image much more concrete, but in a way that is not very flattering for the big ideals. Gradually, the kibbutz community appears to be really suffocating, erasing the individuali ...more
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-israel, g-contos, 4e, x-pl18
Oito contos, ligados entre si, cuja acção decorre no mesmo tempo e lugar, e em que algumas personagens são comuns às oito narrativas; umas vezes como principais, outras secundárias. No todo, apresentam um quadro de como era a vida israelita num kibutz, nos anos 50.

O rei da Noruega
Tsvi é um jardineiro, com cinquenta e cinco anos, a quem os outros membros do kibutz apelidam de Anjo da Morte porque o assunto preferido das suas conversa são as tragédias ocorridas no mundo.

Duas mulheres
Boaz abandon
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Teresa by: Cathrine
This is a quick-reading collection of interrelated stories that are deeply affecting despite their superficial simplicity. The themes of loneliness and the lack of true friendship on a kibbutz, where everyone is supposedly friends, and of individuality-versus-the-collective become more complex and thought-provoking as one reads on.

The stories of certain characters, such as the five-year-old boy who is bullied mercilessly in the children's house, become almost poetic in parts, but only rarely. T
This spare and elegant little book from Israeli author Amos Oz is composed of eight interlocking stories that begin with the heralding of deaths – and ends with a real one. Yet its real theme is not the deaths of individuals as much as it is the death of a utopian dream.

That dream: kibbutz life, based on social and economic parity. Or, to put it another way, the whole has to be greater than the sum of its parts. In reality, a life without self-fulfillment and self-actualization is a life of self
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebraismo, israeliani, s-m
Dare la libertà a una gallina
Ho letto questo libro con grande piacere e scrivo il commento per stare ancora un po’ nell’atmosfera della storia. Le vite di vari abitanti di un kibbutz negli anni ’50 sono raccontate da un loro compagno non caratterizzato, sembra quasi che il kibbutz stesso racconti. All’interno di questa struttura vivono circa trecento adulti: si tratta di una comunità in cui tutti lavorano secondo le loro capacità per il benessere comune e non c’è alcuna proprietà privata, anche
Кремена Михайлова
Какъв разказо-роман! От категорията на любимите ми „малки големи“ – „Негър“, „Ако това е любов“, „Прелюбодейци“, ето сега и „Между приятели“. Като изреждах тези книги, без малко да си кажа – „Голяма работа са/сме малките народи!“ Но в случая с народа на Амоз Оз не върви…

А заради структурата си спомних за „Небесните пасбища“ на Стайнбек. В една част се запознаваш добре с даден герой, в другa той само се мярка, но вече знаеш за него не малко и го приемаш за естествена част от общото.

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"Marx is their Talmud."

Life on a kibbutz, an Israeli utopian, agricultural community, in the 1950s was an ideological powder keg. Less than a decade after Israel's independence and the atrocities committed during the war, leftist Israelis envisioned a life of socialist community, where workers were allocated jobs and living quarters and children were raised communally.

The idea of the kibbutz is incredibly compelling for me: communal dependence, a dedication to work and learning, the building of
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-israel
Composto por oito contos, Entre Amigos é um livro que fala do dia-a-dia no kibutz* em meados dos anos 50 do séc. XX.
A cada novo conto novas personagens são introduzidas e as dos contos anteriores revistas ou aprofundadas. Um livro muito bonito, mas também triste.

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O Rei da Noruega
Duas mulheres

*kibutz |quibúts|
(palavra hebraica)
substantivo masculino
em Israel, unidade de exploração agrícola economicamente autónoma, cujos membros vivem de forma comunitária, de acordo com uma or
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
On our kibbutz, Kibbutz Yekhat, there lived a man, Zvi Provizor, a short fifty-five year old bachelor who had a habit of blinking. He loved to transmit bad news: earthquakes, plane crashes, buildings collapsing on their occupants, fires and floods.

With these opening two sentences I am there. I know exactly who Zvi Provizor is, and I know who we're dealing with in the opening story of Amos Oz's latest collection of short stories. These are a series of eight vignettes set in a fictional collective
Ian D
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: israeli-lit
Οκτώ ιστορίες, μερικές μάλιστα αλληλένδετες μεταξύ τους, διαδραματίζονται στα πλαίσια ενός κιμπούτς στο νεοσύστατο κράτος του Ισραήλ κάπου στη δεκαετία του πενήντα. Μπορεί να είναι ένα από τα βιβλία του τύπου "you gotta be there" αλλά ούτε μια στιγμή ο Oz δε με παρέσυρε να μπω στον κόσμο του. #sorrynotsorry

Το γεγονός ότι κάποιος μπορεί να βάλει δυο λέξεις στη σειρά δεν τον κάνει απαραιτήτως καλό συγγραφέα και θα ήταν προτιμότερο κανείς να γράφει όταν έχει την ανάγκη να πει κάτι κι όχι απλώς όταν
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
זו הקריאה השניה שלי של הספר היפה, הרגיש והנוגע ללב הזה. לא זכרתי הרבה מהקריאה הראשונה אבל זכרתי את העדינות והדמויות הקטנות שמצייר עמוס עוז. קטנות במובן של האדם שנמצא מול החברה הקיבוצית, גוף אחד מחמיר וביקורתי כלפי היחיד החריג, השונה והמעז לצאת מהמרחב המותר לו.

למעשה הסיפורים מקפלים בתוכם ביקורת חריפה כלפי החברה הקיבוצית על כל מנהגיה ורבדיה. על הצביעות הבוטה והקיעקוע של האינדווידואל עד מחיקתו המלאה.

בשמונה סיפורים, מתאר עמוס עוז את קורותיה של החברה הקיבוצית.
החל מהסיפור על הזקן התימהוני והבודד בתחי
Amos Oz hat selbst in einem Kibbuz gelebt und in dieser Kurzgeschichtensammlung vermittelt er uns einen Eindruck davon, wie das Leben in einem Kibbuz in den 50er Jahren aussah. Es handelt sich dabei um einen fiktiven Kibbuz, also nicht um Erinnerungen des Autoren. Die einzelnen Geschichten haben jeweils eine andere Hauptperson, die jedoch in den weiteren Geschichten wieder als Nebenfigur auftauchen kann. Es geht dabei weniger um die Konflikte des noch jungen Staates Israel, obwohl natürlich am R ...more
Maria Carmo
I am only sorry that I only found out this Author after his death. For he is, indeed, a great writer and a wonderful Humanist. Reading his short stories - all apptly intertwined so we meet the same characters in diferent stories and that give us an overall view of the Kibutz - one gets the notion that Humanity, however flawed, deserves lo and will become better.
This is exactly the opposite of what I felt reading Clarice Lispector or Hillary Mankel... they bring about what seems to be the worst
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
След прочитането на тази книга си мислех, че писателите са най-добрите, истинските историци. Защото те като никой друг са способни да съхраняват и предават късчета уникална история, да обезсмъртят един обикновен човешки ден,разговор или поглед. Как щях да познавам хората от кибуца, ако не бяха книгите на Амос Оз? И не мога да определя кое е по-впечатляващо- дали съхранените образи или сърцето на писателя, в което се оглеждат. Всеки един от тези разкази ме развълнува все едно, че ставаше дума за ...more
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-story
مجموعهای از هشت داستان کوتاه که هرکدوم، تکه به تکه، با نخهای ظریف، به داستانهای دیگهی مجموعه وصل میشن. داستانها در یک «کیبوتص» (شهرکهای اشتراکی در اسرائیل) میگذرن. «کیبوتص یخات». شهرکی که بر اساس صهیونیسم و «مالکیت اشتراکی» اداره میشه. جمع برای همهی ابعاد زندگی اهالی کیبوتص تصمیم میگیره، همه باید در یک غذاخوری بزرگ کنار هم غذا بخورند، همه باید به کشاورزی یا کار یدی دیگهای که جمع براشون تعیین میکنه و به درد کیبوتص میخوره مشغول شن، بچهها متعلق به خانواده نیستن و باید شبها توی خوابگاه و دور از والد ...more
Ooooo...mene ovo nije baš oduševilo. Naslov ''među svojima'' pa ne znam...ovi likovi ''nisu bili svoj sa svojim'' :)))
Život u kibucima nije onakav kakav sam mislila da jest. Nema tu radosti, opuštanja...zapravo sve suprotno. Puno ogovaranja među članovima, podjeb..., gaženja,, hvala ne bih izdržala u takvoj zajednici. Meni osobno baš nije ova knjiga ''sjela'' kak ima biti :)
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
It occurs to me when I read a book written by a non-English speaking author, that its success is highly dependent on the skills of the translator. Generally I do not seek short stories for my reading pleasure, but as I read these stories, I find that I am lured into a sense of fascination by the rhythm of the narrative. So I believe that the translation, skillfully rendered by Sondra Silverston helped enhance the writing.

These all take place in a kibbutz in the early 1950's, when Israel as a sta
Христо Блажев
Животът, споделен “Между приятели”:

Затрогващи и стоплящи. Точно така могат да се определят десетината къси разказа, сбрани зад красивата корица на “Между приятели”. Амос Оз е направил нещо твърде трудно според мен – да опише кроткия, прост, регулиран и споделен живот в еврейски кибуц, без да го романтизира и без да го опошлява. В тези разкази няма религия, почти няма политика, няма и насилие (пак почти). Има топлина, споделеност, има стил от висока класа,
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
4,5 * und nur deswegen nicht 5, weil ich mir doch mehrfach ein nicht ganz so offenes Ende gewünscht hätte (z.B. in Bezug auf Roni, dessen Liebe zu seinem Sohn solche Früchte trägt, oder in Bezug auf Mosche und seinen Vater).

Im Übrigen faszinieren mich die in den Kurzgeschichten gewährten Einblicke in das Leben im Kibbuz, sowohl in organisatorisch-gesellschaftlicher Art (Ausschüsse, Wehrdienst und Arbeitsjahre, Kinderhaus etc.) als auch in Bezug auf das zwischenmenschliche Zusammenleben (ich fra
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebraismo, israele, p, racconti
Questo libro continuo a tenerlo vicino al letto. Perché prima o poi (forse più poi che prima) devo rileggerlo. Un dovere, perché mi è rimasto il dubbio che la traduttrice (sempre lei, la stessa di Nevo!) pasticci un po'. Non so perché tutt'a'un tratto m'è presa questa insofferenza. E magari lei non ne ha nemmeno nessuna responsabilità.
Però l'ultimo scorcio dal Kibbuz -esperanto- è davvero molto bello (o almeno a me è piaciuto tanto). Sarà per la lingua costruita per affratellare tutti i popoli..
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: israel, jewish
"In ten or twenty years," Nina said,"the kibbutz will be a much more relaxed place. Now all the springs are tightly coiled and the entire machine is still shaking from the strain. The old-timers are actually religious people who left their old religion for a new one that's all just as full of sins and transgressions, prohibitions, and strict rules. They haven't stopped being true believers; they've simply changed one belief. System for another. Marx is their Talmud." (P. 143)
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Love this :-) ! Will be looking for more by him!
Анастасия Карнаух
Прекрасни разкази.Топли и студени, "правилни" и "грешни", свободни и затворени до безумие...
Знаете ли какво е "кибуц"? Е, след прочита на "Между приятели" ще научите...
Loes Dissel
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Eight stories touching me deeply. Each one written with so much empathy for the individual. The idealist, the sceptic, the hard working struggler.
Moving stories from a really great writer.
Simplicity and humanity at its best. The micro-cosmos of the fictitious Kibbutz Yekhat with its specific but mostly universal problems is a great setting for exploration of the human condition.
This was a lovely introduction to the works of Amos Oz. Can't wait to read more of him.

'Luna said, “Why do you take all the sorrows of the world on your shoulders?”
And Zvi replied, “Closing your eyes to the cruelty of life is, in my opinion, both stupid and sinful. There’s very little we can do about it.
To Osnat, who brought him a covered plate and a covered cup from the dining hall every evening, he said, “Man is basically good and generous and decent. It’s the environment that corrupts us.”
Osnat said, “But what is the environment if not other people?"

Do you have headaches often? Well I do. No, not very often, at least not these days, but there was a time when it used to be a very regular phenomenon - when I was growing up. Also, are you the kind that reads with music on? I am, and I've been t
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
è il kibbutz, non sono le persone, il protagonista di questo libro in cui gli stessi personaggi compaiono e ricompaiono, ognuno con la propria storia.
Siamo, se capisco bene, nei primi anni dello Stato di Israele, ed il kibbutz è la risposta dei sopravvissuti alla Shoah e dei loro figli all'esigenza di proteggersi gli uni con gli altri, anche crescendo una nuova generazione di israeliani puri, il tutto irrorato con qualcosa più di una spruzzata di comunismo.
Ne nasce uno dei moltissimi tentativi c
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Reader asks himself:

What made you want to read “Between Friends”?

I am curious about life in intentional communities, how they succeed or fail or just persist. In particular, I am interested in attempts to live together without the overlay of religion, as in the kibbutz depicted in this book. Also, I greatly enjoyed “A Tale of Love and Darkness” by the same author, Amos Oz.

Did the book meet your expectations?

Having read Amos Oz before, I knew that he writes the ordinary moments in human lives
Nu vă lăsaţi induşi în eroare de titlul cu tentă călduţ-optimistă al celei mai recente cărţi de Amos Oz traduse la noi, la Humanitas fiction, Între prieteni – nu este vorba nici despre prietenie, nici despre apropiere umană, nici măcar despre lucruri comune care, de bine, de rău, îi ţin pe oameni împreună. Miniromanul lui Amos Oz este o carte amar-ironică despre cea mai profundă singurătate pe care o poate trăi individul, acea singurătate apărută chiar în miezul comunităţii în care, teoretic, ar ...more
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Amos Oz (Hebrew: עמוס עוז; born Amos Klausner) was an Israeli writer, novelist, journalist and intellectual. He was also a professor of literature at Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba. He was regarded as Israel's most famous living author.

Oz's work has been published in 42 languages in 43 countries, and has received many honours and awards, among them the Legion of Honour of France, the Goethe Pr
“We could talk about totally different things. Like the seasons of the year, for example, or even the star-filled sky of these summer nights: I'm interested in stars and nebulas. Maybe you are, too?” 6 likes
“Closing your eyes to the cruelty of life is, in my opinion, both stupid and sinful. There's very little we can do about it. So we have to at least acknowledge it.” 3 likes
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