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By Amos Oz

Winner, nationwide Jewish booklet Award

“[A] lovely, rueful assortment . . . that lays naked the private human longings.” — Chicago Tribune

In Between Friends, Amos oz. returns to the kibbutz of the overdue Fifties, the time and position the place his writing begun. those 8 interconnected tales, set within the fictitious Kibbutz Yekhat, draw masterly profiles of idealistic women and men enduring own hardships within the shadow of 1 of the best collective desires of the 20th century. a loyal father who fails to problem his daughter’s lover, an previous pal, a guy his personal age; an aged gardener who contains on his shoulders the sorrows of the area; a girl writing perversely poignant letters to her husband’s mistress. each one of those tales is a luminous human and literary research; jointly they provide an eloquent portrait of an idea, and of a charged and engaging epoch. Amos ounces at domestic. And at his best.

“Lucid and heartbreaking.” — Guardian (UK)

“All Israeli existence is the following, rendered in loving detail.” — Mail on Sunday (UK)

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Yoskha disagreed: After all, you can’t argue with love; anyway, we’ve always advocated free love here. And Rivka R. said: How could she do something like this to her father, after all he’s lost? Poor Nahum, he just won’t be able to bear it. “The entire young generation suddenly wants to go to college,” David Dagan said in his deep voice from his table in the dining hall. ” Then he added harshly, “We have to draw a line somewhere. ” Although everyone in the kibbutz felt sorry for Nahum Asherov, no one spoke up.

He regretted having come. What had he actually wanted? To vanquish love? A fleeting glint of light from the lamp reflected off his glasses. Love suddenly seemed to him to be another of life’s obstacles; when you confront it, you have to duck your head and wait until it passes. In another minute, David Dagan would probably start a conversation about the government or the advantages of rain. The rare audacity that suffering can sometimes draw from the depths of mild people lent Nahum Asherov’s hoarse voice a harsh, bitter tone.

Not anymore,” David said in an authoritative voice, “and in a few months, she’ll be a soldier. Come here, Edna. ” Edna came into the room wearing brown cords and an oversize blue sweater. Her black hair was tied back with a light-colored ribbon. She carried a tray set with two cups of coffee, a sugar bowl, and a small jug of milk. She bent down, put the tray on the table, and stood a small distance from the two men, her arms hugging her shoulders as if here, too, she was cold, even though a kerosene heater burned with a clear blue flame.

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