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Between Friends/ Amos Oz

Updated on April 16, 2013

A new book by the Israeli author

Amos Oz is one of the most distinguished and talented Israeli authors (perhaps you've read "A Tale of Love and Darkness').

His newest book takes a deep look into Kibbutz life. The story focuses on individuals in the Kibbutz of "Yekhat". These people experience very human emotion such as loneliness, love, longing and sadness.

Above all, the Stories focus on loneliness, in the one place where you weren't supposed to be lonely--The Kibbutz.

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Just imagine... - This was the reality in Israel 1950's

Imagine living in a settlement that is based on ideals of equality and socialism. Gossip spreads faster than in high school, scandals are constant and the children don't live with their parents but in a special children's house.

This is the reality of the kibbutz of "Yekhat" in the 1950's. In 8 short yet interwoven stories we meet the characters of the Kibbutz. These men and women of all ages feel loneliness and longing.

These crazy but beautifully written stories will make you laugh and cry.

Between Friends - Translated into English by Sondra Silverston

What I learned from a talk by Amos Oz - The author gave a talk in my town in Israel

I was fortunate to attend a lecture by Amos Oz on his new book. Oz explained that he felt a need to go back to "his roots" (he lived on a kibbutz) and explore the positive and negative of the settlement. He explained that the stories focus on ordinary good people who feel human emotion such as loneliness, love, hurt, pain, and betrayal. Each of the 8 stories focuses on different men and women on the Kibbutz who "almost make a connection with each other".

Amos Oz read one of the stories during the lecture "Two women". It was lovely to see him enjoying reading his words and the enchantment of the audience by his beautiful descriptions. He is an extremely gifted writer.

What will I find in this book? - 8 short stories that can be read as one novel

Stories that focus on loneliness, in the one place where you weren't supposed to be lonely--The Kibbutz.

Author quote

"Every single pleasure I can imagine or have experienced is more delightful, more of a pleasure, if you take it in small sips, if you take your time. Reading is not an exception."

Amos Oz

Books by Amos Oz

Have you read a book by Amos Oz? This near Nobel prize winning author has quite a collection of world famous books.

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      The Kibbutz of yesterday is not the same as today. There was a time when most Israel Air Force pilots were from Kibbutzim. Today, they new pilots are mostly from cities.

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      I've always wondered what it was like to live on a kibbutz. Now I could find out.

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      Sher Ritchie 5 years ago

      What a poignant book.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Sounds quite compelling!