A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
“[To Know a Woman has] the powerful undertow of myth . . . A rich and affecting novel.” — New York Times
Following the accidental death of his wife, Israeli secret service agent Yoel Ravid retires to the suburbs with his daughter, mother, and mother-in-law. After a lifetime of uncovering other people’s secrets, he is forced to look back on his own: the desolate enigma of his wife’s life and death, his years of service to the state, the riddle of his daughter’s behavior. Amos Oz infuses Yoel’s story with poetry, humor, and a vivid sense of the madness inherent in everyday existence.
“His language is Hebrew, his setting Israel, his message is universal.” — Boston Jewish Times
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)|
About the Author
AMOS OZ was born in Jerusalem in 1939. He is the author of fourteen novels and collections of short fiction, and numerous works of nonfiction. His acclaimed memoir A Tale of Love and Darkness was an international bestseller and recipient of the prestigious Goethe Prize, as well as the National Jewish Book Award. Scenes from Village Life, a New York Times Notable Book, was awarded the Prix Méditerranée Étranger in 2010. He lives in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Date of Birth:May 4, 1939
Date of Death:December 28, 2018
Place of Birth:Jerusalem
Place of Death:Tel Aviv, Israel
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was my first book by Amos Oz. I can't say that I really enjoyed it, but partly because the story was somewhat grim. A man loses his wife to a freak accident and is left with his daughter, mother and mother-in-law. The narrative is almost entirely internal. The book, Mrs. Dalloway, is mentioned several times, and I think the writing does resemble that of Virginia Woolf's. The main character is on an internal journey for over a year and he takes you with him. The characters are very well described and the writing is detailed and beautiful. It just wasn't my cup of tea at this moment. However, I liked it enough to try other books by this author.
An incredibly well written non-spy novel about a former spy and his life among his family after the death of his wife. Amos Oz's descriptions of the main character, Yoel, are wonderful to read. It's a little bit about Yoel's personal transformation as he turns his obsessive perception to the house he lives in and the family he lives, trying to figure them out following the death of his wife, and realizing the people close to your heart cannot always be classified and easily defined.
Intimate look at an intelligent, alert but socially inadept man's coping with grief, and eventual coming to terms with life, without his wife, after her sudden death.