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Notebook in hand, Amos Oz traveled throughout Israel and the West Bank in the early 1980s to talk with workers, soldiers, religious zealots, aging pioneers, new immigrants, desperate Arabs, and visionaries, asking them questions about Israel’s ...
Notebook in hand, Amos Oz traveled throughout Israel and the West Bank in the early 1980s to talk with workers, soldiers, religious zealots, aging pioneers, new immigrants, desperate Arabs, and visionaries, asking them questions about Israel’s past, present, and future. What he heard is set down here in those distinctive voices, alongside Oz’s observations and reflections. A classic insider’s view of a land whose complex past and troubled present make for an uncertain future.
“Oz’s vignettes . . . wondrously re-create whole worlds with an economy of words.” —Philadelphia Inquirer
Israel's leader of the Peace Now movement, probes the soul of his country through a series of interviews with both Jews and Arabs.
Posted October 17, 2002
To my mind this is Oz's best book , though lovers of his fiction will say I am not in my right mind.Here there is a far greater chunk of true Israel than in his other works.He knows how to speak to people, and more importantly how to listen to them.His conversations with those who oppose his views are especially good.In Beit Shean the book comes alive as the resentment of development town Sephardim is openly expressed to the the author,the representative of the Ashkenazi elite.But their warmth and humor give the conversation a great deal of life. Wherever Oz goes he encounters contradicting voices, and the whole presentation taken together makes Israel seem, what it truly is, a vibrant dynamic society . Oz's poetic prose and his great talent for description are also here , and add to the pleasure of the reader.
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