A Tale of Love and Darkness

A Tale of Love and Darkness

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Winner of the National Jewish Book Award International Bestseller "[An] ingenious work that circles around the rise of a state, the tragic destiny of a mother, a boy's creation of a new self." -- The New Yorker

A family saga and a magical self-portrait of a writer who witnessed the birth of a nation and lived through its turbulent history. A Tale of Love and Darkness is the story of a boy who grows up in war-torn Jerusalem, in a small apartment crowded with books in twelve languages and relatives speaking nearly as many. The story of an adolescent whose life has been changed forever by his mother's suicide. The story of a man who leaves the constraints of his family and community to join a kibbutz, change his name, marry, have children. The story of a writer who becomes an active participant in the political life of his nation.

"One of the most enchanting and deeply satisfying books that I have read in many years." -- New Republic
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, c2004.
ISBN: 9780151008780
0151008787
Characteristics: 538 p. ;,23 cm.

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first 100 pages are interesting, then it becomes a litany of name dropping and unrelated anecdotes about people that only someone from Israel would know. Too bad the author is so self-absorbed that he could not write a memoire that would be of interest to people outside his own country.

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johncruse
Jun 12, 2015

NOT WHAT I EXPECTED. JUST A RAMBLING DESCRIPTION OF ALL SORTS OF PEOPLE THE AUTHOR HAS KNOWN.

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 22, 2015

This family saga tells the story of the author's childhood in a rundown suburb of Jerusalem during the period of Israel's formation and the subsequent turbulence. Peopled with a colourful array of characters--most poignantly his artistic mother who committed suicide when he was twelve--this memoir puts a human face on a continuing conflict.

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RonaFrank
Oct 06, 2014

An amazing eloquent novel by an amazing writer.

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lubabr
Apr 15, 2014

This is probably one of the best books I've read. Childhood, history, land, emotions: everything connected

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