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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  654 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Israel, just before the Six-Day War. On a kibbutz, the country’s founders and their children struggle to come to terms with their land and with each other. The messianic father exults in accomplishments that had once been only dreams; the son longs to establish an identity apart from his father; the fragile young wife is out of touch with reality; and the gifted and charis ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 31st 1993 by Mariner Books (first published 1982)
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May 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vasto romanzo polifonico. Un opera scritta con grande magistero, una scrittura ora centripeta, ora centrifuga, una scrittura che investe il vissuto più intimo e gli ideali ed i crocevia della storia. Vertice letterario del libro è la lettera di Yolek a Levi Eshkol. Inesorabile flusso di coscienza ove debordano allergie, speranze frustrate, illusioni perdute e lucide premonizioni. Ambientato a ridosso della Guerra dei 6 giorni sembra scritto oggi. Eshkol, arrivato in Eretz Israel negli anni venti ...more
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oz clearly drew on his own experience of kibbutz life for this novel. I loved the writing and enjoyed the story.
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Having read (and enjoyed) 6 other books from the author, I'm already quite familiar with his style, themes, character archetypes and fixations, so the book was nothing new, but in this case, it was a good thing. When it comes to Amos Oz, I've come to expect something of a social commentary on the multidimensional Israeli character (along with all the social divisions and conflicts, ranging from the political to the generational) woven intricately into a a plot that isn't exactly a story but more ...more
Jan 24, 2012 rated it liked it
A helpful illustration of the generation following the socialists zionists who settled in Israel around the twenties and their children, sabras, who were capably devoted to wresting livelihood from the land. However, not so compelling a read.
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: israele
Cinque stelle non bastano...
Apr 28, 2012 added it
great book
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ian P
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an important book
Laura Rodríguez Santa Cruz
Personajes diversos que cavilan en sus mentes, esa es la forma en que se narra la historia, filosofean, en un panorama y contexto totalmente ajeno al mundo occidental, los kibbutz en Israel, los movimientos sionistas, la nueva generación que nace en comunas resultantes de batallas ya libradas por sus padres. Comunas que se convierten en paredes de 360 grados por las cuales nunca puedes ver la vida más allá del otro lado para aquellos que nacieron en ellas.
Dos personajes son contrastantes, uno q
Yair Ben-Zvi
Nov 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Even after disappointing initial expectations Amos Oz tells a great story with only a few hindrances before concluding impressively, if not quite as strongly as the story could have been.

At first I thought that this would be the story of a child of a kibbutz (usually socialist collective farm in Israel) leaving the place of his birth and attempting to set down roots and/or wander in other places, namely America or possibly through Europe. But instead (spoiler) the said kibbutz son doesn't leave
May 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amos Oz y su estilo. Habla claro, fuerte y con coraje (a propósito, creo que esto último es lo que significa el apellido "Oz" que él adoptó. Que alguien me corrija si no es así) pero no por eso deja de lado la ironía y el sentido del humor cuando trata de indagar en el alma de los seres humanos y en sus contradiccones. Creo que esta historia, mas allá del contexto histórico-político-social, habla de todos nosotros. De la insatisfacción, la búsqueda, la frustración y la búsqueda nuevamente. De la ...more
Jul 26, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Perfect Peace" is Oz's best novel I read so far. Prior to that, I only read one novel and a novella written by him. I can't help but compare the thoughts I had after reading those pieces of work. Even though I think that this book was a rewarding experience, I still feel that that experience was lacking. Sometimes Oz's intentions (beyond his political views) were not clear enough, so were some of his characters. I think it would be right to say that Oz is a political writer. His leftwing ideals ...more
Samuel Mustri
Jan 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
The impact of this novel lies in the writer's creation of characters who are outwardly ordinary but inwardly bizarre, and at times fantastic. The narrative shifts from one perspective to another, all eyes trained on the central drama of Yonatan's disaffection and subsequent flight. Oz is a master at making ordinary details unfamiliar. The novel concerns the gap between the Zionist socialist dream and the sober realities of Israeli life, but it is also for the author a mystical tale about ''the s ...more
May 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A classic Israeli novel about the first generation to be born and raised in Israel (the so-called Sabras) after 1948 statehood. I read this book, and then decided to write and present a paper for a Jewish Studies conference during my sophomore year at Dickinson. The theme of lost/confused identity is ubiquitous and haunting.
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really can't define if I loved or if a I hated this book... the narrative is very slow... but there are memorable reflections and some references that make me remember some loved people... The book made me smile, but made me sleep in some parts...
Lauren Albert
Jun 17, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This was my least favorite of all of Oz's books that I've read so far. I didn't feel interested in any of the characters and the story dragged. The story picked up for me at the end but not soon enough.
Jun 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: israeli
Tsk tsk, what a poor rating from such a great author. I don't find Oz to be as gifted as his countryman, Yehoshua. But Oz has a very special touch for treating personal and political events with a lyrical and accurate touch.
Noah Dropkin
Dec 22, 2009 rated it did not like it
A novel by one of Israel's foremost writers, I disliked it immensely. About life on a kibbutz in the 1960s, prior to the Six-Day War.

The characters are not sympathetic, the plot moves too slowly. I thought this would be a good beach read and I was really wrong.
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
A very crude and realistic portrayal of life in the kibbutz during the troubled 60's. Oz dives into the prejudices and values of the settlers to understand their motivations and the burden of civilization on them.
Aug 15, 2007 added it
Recommends it for: those interested in old fashioned eloquent prose and kibbutzim life
Perfect read for my time in Israel, giving me a different perspective on the desert, collectivism, and the changing face of Israeli culture.
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exquisite as usual.
Sorin Hadârcă
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: israel, oz
Un roman greu care se țese și se destramă după care se țese iar în ceva totalmente nou. Mă întreb: cum de n-am ghicit? Apoi: e posibil oare?
Feb 21, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2006
Difficult reading.
Aug 08, 2009 rated it it was ok
It's hard to imagine a novel beginning so well and ending so badly. By the end of the novel none of the characters are believable
Diana Bejar
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Me gusta que es una historia sencilla, pero con personajes increíbles y muy humanos
Jul 22, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Too slow and boring. Next!
Sofia Cohen
Me desesperé! De los pocos libros que no logro terminar.
Sherry Fyman
Apr 25, 2020 rated it liked it
The first thing you need to know about Amos Oz is that he loves words. Absolutely can't get enough of them. So whenever a character is introduced you can be sure that before the end of the book you will get at least one, probably more, extended soliloquies and interior monologues. Most of the characters in A Perfet Peace simply can't stop talking. Rimona, one of the few characters not given to over the top, Checkovian style outbursts, is considered odd/dimwitted/slow.

But you're probably thinking
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Questo romanzo di Oz arriva a noi molti anni dopo la pubblicazione in lingua originale (1982); gli eventi narrati sono inoltre collocati nel 1966-67, subito prima della Guerra dei Sei Giorni, ma è un libro ancora oggi molto attuale. Si respira, nel kibbutz Granot, un clima da 'quiete prima della tempesta', una 'pace' accompagnata da quel senso di precarietà che è connaturato nell'essenza stessa della realtà israeliana; nel kibbutz c'è l'isolamento protettivo - ma oppressivo, per taluni - e c'è l ...more
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Tell all the truth but tell it slant" Emily Dickinson wrote and here Amos Oz again tells a truth about Israel on the eve of the Six Day War but entirely on a slant. What is the truth, exactly? Something about not just human nature but Israeli human nature in the crucible of constant political crisis? Maybe. As the quirky kibbutzniks pursue, or evade, their own needs, news reports in the background speak of impending war but the story ends just before war breaks out. The title is "A Perfect Peac ...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 P

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