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Revue de presse

"Lucid and heartbreaking. Explores the always uncertain relationships between men and women, parents and children, friends and enemies, in a clear, clipped language perfectly suited to the laconic tone of the narrative and impeccably rendered into English by Sondra Silverston" (Alberto Manguel Guardian)

"There's a beautiful economy and simplicity to Oz's storytelling" (The Times)

"Oz lifts the veil on kibbutz existence without palaver. His pin-point descriptions of individuals and spaces.are pared to perfection in order to resonate. His people twitch with life" (Tom Adair Scotsman)

"Oz is a quiet, plain, compelling writer" (Alan Taylor Herald)

"Deeply affecting chamber piece." (Ben Lawrence Daily Telegraph)

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'On the kibbutz it's hard to know. We're all supposed to be friends but very few really are.'

Amos Oz's compelling new fiction offers revelatory glimpses into the secrets and frustrations of the human heart, played out by a community of misfits united by political disagreement, intense dissatisfaction and lifetimes of words left unspoken.

Ariella, unhappy in love, confides in the woman whose husband she stole; Nahum, a devoted father, can't find the words to challenge his daughter's promiscuous lover; the old idealists deplore the apathy of the young, while the young are so used to kibbutz life that they can't work out if they're impassioned or indifferent. Arguments about war, government, travel and children are feverishly taken up and quickly abandoned - and amid this group of people unwilling and unable to say what they mean, Martin attempts to teach Esperanto.

At the heart of each drama is a desire to be better, more principled and worthy of the community's respect. With his trademark compassion and sharp-eyed wit, Amos Oz leaves us with the feeling that what matters most between friends is the invisible tie of our shared humanity.

By the winner of the 2013 Franz Kafka Prize, previous winners of which include Philip Roth, Ivan Klima, Elfriede Jelinek, Harold Pinter and John Banville.

Détails sur le produit

  • Relié: 208 pages
  • Editeur : Chatto & Windus (7 février 2013)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0701187964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701187965
  • Dimensions du produit: 13,7 x 2,1 x 20,4 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 3.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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0 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Marcolini Fan sur 5 août 2013
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A relaxed series of short stories depicting life on a kibbutz. Told from various age groups. A good summer read.
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Kibbutz Life in the 1950s 11 octobre 2013
Par A. Silverstone - Publié sur
Format: Relié Commentaire client Vine pour produit gratuit ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
Amos Oz's latest collection of 8 interconnected short stories transports us back to the kibbutz of the 1950s. These character sketches of quirky individuals under stressful conditions serve to enlighten the human condition, while giving us a window to what life in a kibbutz was like at that time. An experiment in socialist democracy, kibbutz-wide votes decided a variety of communal and personal issues, such as who gets to go to college and even what they can study. This environment can seen very foreign, but it is this view of the daily challenges to the kibbutzniks that makes these stories so fascinating.

The story, 'Between Friends' which lends its title to the collection is about the relationship between 2 of the founders of the kibbutz when the 17-year-old daughter of one, moves in with the other, who has the reputation as quite the Casanova. Oz's stories seem to be heading to an explosion, but in fact end more like a candle going out. In a heart-rending tale, 'Little Boy', a 5-year-old is cruelly tormented by the other students (children live dormatory style from birth). causing his mild mannered father to go postal. 'Father' is a story about a student who goes to a hospital to visit his dementia-inflicted father, yet we also see the Ashkenazi-Sephardi divide.

Amos Oz paints both hope and despair, which are present in equal quantities in the kibbutz. However, in a country full of grand heroics, he makes it clear that It is the small personal triumphs that are able to power us through life.
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8 Linked poetic short stories 21 août 2013
Par Dr. J. J. Kregarman - Publié sur
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Between Friends is a beautiful, poetic picture of kibbutz life in that period of time when the idealism that marked the creation of the kibbutz movement is dying but not yet completely dead. In the first seven short stories (or prose poems) that make up this book we meet constricted, sad, lonely people self-condemned to live in a confining environment without much hope. It is as if the kibbutz has something of a prison about it. In the last story Amos Oz introduces a member who at general meetings "often reminded us of why the kibbutz movement was founded and what its original ideals had been." In this moving final story there is some resolution of the bleakness of those that preceded it.

Between Friends is a short book. It only has 179 small pages. It is easily read in a single session. Once read, however, it is not easily forgotten. Strongly recommended.
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Superb storyteller 3 août 2013
Par asiana - Publié sur
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Set on a kibbutz in Israel during the 50's, these related moving stories connect eight different members, all of whom have their own secrets, hopes and frustrations. The main characters in one story appear as secondary characters in another which is what binds the book together.

One member hates to leave his really sensitive son in the children's house. Another member, a gardener, relays all of the news of the day including all the obituaries,to everyone he comes in contact with. A father bemoans his daughter's choice of a lover, etc.

I'd never read any books by Mr.Oz prior to this one, but I was so impressed by his description of kibbutz life that I am going to order more of his books. Highly recommended.
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Idealism as it fades; personal and communal life 20 septembre 2013
Par Jessica Weissman - Publié sur
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Amos Oz is still a marvelous writer. In these linked short stories he puts us back in the kibbutz movement of the late 50s, as the original ideals have begun to crumble though many still cling to them passionately. Along the way we see how the kibbutzniks live, how their community governance works, and how they relate to the land. All this through casual details dropped into the poetic writing.

The stories are linked in that the characters from one turn up in the others. We get to know them gradually, both in the external face they present to the community and, in their own stories, in their loneliness and particularity. For example, Roni at first seems like the ordinary leader of a group of prominent gossips. Then we see his relationship with his son and wife, and his vulnerability. As we see the protagonists of earlier stories back in their stadndard roles, we remember that everybody, even everybody who can be reduced to a kind of joke, has both an inside story/personal life and a community role.

There isn't a whole lot of cheer or joy in the first six stories, despite the poignancy of some of them. The seventh story is much more redemptive. Stick it out. The book is unforgettable.
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A dream of the kibbutz 5 octobre 2013
Par wogan - Publié sur
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Amos Oz writes 8 intertwined stories of the people on a fictional kibbutz set in the 1950's during the years these communal groups were settling into their existence. Much of the behavior is not necessarily limited to those on the kibbutz, but of people anywhere. Marriages fail and many are dissatisfied with much in their surroundings.

The people and their thoughts and feelings are described well, but more than that we can see the problems and workings of the kibbutz. We see the decisions that are made - whether babies belong to their parents or the community.
Life is hard. There are no real happy stories here, only the existence and will to go on.
This is an interesting study in human behavior and the beginnings if Israel and life on the kibitzes.
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