People of the Book

Date: Monday, April 24, 2017
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Adult Reading Room

Contact: Judith Davidoff,, 305.665.0012

People of the Book Club is for women who like to read and talk about ideas. We focus on books with some Jewish content and/or whose author is Jewish. Fiction or non-fiction, older books or contemporary ones, even some combination of shorter works (for example, essays, short stories, journalism) — all are chosen to spur serious discussion of the works’ literary qualities (if fiction), and about their Jewish themes, social issues, moral and ethical controversies, and the like.

Amos Oz, A Tales of Love and Darkness (2004), trans. Nicholas de Lange
Winner of the JQ Wingate Prize; Koret Jewish Book Award;
and the National Jewish Book Award

The People of the Book Club continues its year of discussing works by Israeli writers with Amos Oz, the internationally acclaimed Israeli author, journalist and intellectual.

A Tale of Love and Darkness has been described as “a masterful double memoir”; the story of the author’s youth and of Israel’s birth and early years reads like a novel.

Maron L. Waxman of the Jewish Book Council, considers the book a “beautifully constructed … series of concentric circles growing smaller as Oz examines and reexamines his formative years. Events are sometimes retold, … each time at a closer range, enriched by the progressing story. Oz works his way into his parents’ marriage and their legacy— his mother’s fabulous tales of witches and meadows, his father’s wide-ranging and always instructive conversation. . . . Then, as the circles get ever smaller and closer to the core of his life, Oz opens up his long-held memories, and we share his triumph over them.

The translation was praised by New York Magazine's book reviewer Boris Kacha as "preserving the author’s gorgeous, discursive style and his love of wordplay.” The Guardian Reviewer Linda Grant describes the book as "one of the funniest, most tragic and most touching books I have ever read." New York Times reviewer John Leonard calls it "[An] indelible memoir." For Robert Alter (The New Republic), it is "Touching, haunting, wrenching, amusing, and sometimes downright hilarious...the best book Oz has ever written"

Amos Oz, born in Jerusalem in 1939, is an Israeli writer, novelist, and journalist. He is also a professor of literature at Ben-Gurion University in Be'er Sheva. Since 1967, he has been a prominent advocate of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He has been honored with the French Prix Femina and the 1992 Frankfurt Peace Prize. In 2008 he received an Honorary Degree from the University of Antwerp. He also received the Dan David prize in 2008 for "Creative Rendering of the Past."

 We hope you'll be intrigued and will join us. RSVP to Judith Davidoff,, 305.665.0012.


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