H direction it was going it has not made me want to pick up any of Oz s other work in a hurry I found Rhyming Life and Death rather rambling and peculiar in places and the story meanders rather than takes a natural path There is however a definite feeling of purpose to Oz s chosen structure The novel is gritty at times and muses upon the meaning of life I can certainly see why his writing has been compared to Kundera s but I must admit that on my xperience of reading this book alone I far prefer Kundera s work to Oz s 124th book of 2020Author has a reading coming up and isn t sure how he s going to answer the uestions The novel opens with Author sitting in a bar he begins to imagines the lives of the people around him as I m sure many of us have done ourselves Look at his clothes let s imagine his job maybe his wife hates him maybe his daughter hates him maybe he s having an affair or maybe he s loyal and loving and happy The premise of this short On Such a Full Sea experimental novel isxactly that Imagining What Oz challenges though is where does reality stop and where does Author s imaginations begin At the reading his life creating continues the woman reading his work gets a backstory the sickly man in the audience the laughing man at the back The novel is self aware a little satirical Author goes home with the girl from the reading or does he Not only does he spin an imaginary life or Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! event he creates multiple In one she opens the door In another she is not home In another she refuses him The lives of his invented characters begin to crossover and soon it gets muddled with him the spinster the spider in the middle of the web It is sly Kunderasue It is witty full of sex The theory of the novel is interesting but in practice it becomes convoluted spiralling into madness Perhaps Oz planned it that way This short story seems to be a gimmick a little Cannibal experiment of Amos Oz but maybe it s not and it is deadly serious This uncertainty isxpressed in constantly shifting perspectives short pieces of action and then reveries There s a clear focus on the grimy and desolate side of Mastered (The Enforcers, existence Eventually the writer and the writing are central to the plot all characters turn out to be the writer himself who creatively struggles with his impotence in life Not anasy book but I do think that Oz had a lot of fun writing it An aging Israeli author is making the rounds of local book groups The brief book 150 pages is translated from the Hebrew We are treated to his mental peregrinations as the author sits there listening to his introduction a reading of his work and a critic s response before he makes his remarks Mostly he does what authors do he imagines lives for the people in the audience He also tries to pick up the waitress in the coffee shop no success and after the Man, Son of Man event the woman who reads his work Success Or not He gives us both scenarios This is fiction after all and the author is asking us why should you believeverything I write A sample of the writing from the waitress s musings men can t help themselves that s just the way they are made but women in her view are actually not much better and that s why love is something that one way or another always turns out badly A good uick read Amos Oz is a respected and prolific authorIn this novella Oz takes away all the noisy Alter Ego elements of religion and politics thank heavens and concentrates onxistential uestions of his ownWhat is the role of a published writer How important is all the stuff he imparts to his contemporary audience and what is the shelf life of his works How much of his personal story shall he sh. Bored writer who goes to a reading and has a brief sexual skirmish with a female reader Or does
To read this book is to transport yourself temporarily to another place It is warm and humid and the air conditioning is unreliable Filled with playfulness the Author is to give a talk at a cultural centre where many have gathered to hear him Before during and after the ngagement the Author tells us his thoughts and observations of the people he ncounters and imagines and how the Uncommon Wisdom evening transpiresArrivingarly he detours to a nearby cafe and it becomes clear that this Author is preoccupied with the lives of the others he observes Amos Oz teases us with the possibilities of those lives where they live who they live with who they loved what they lost and Unseen City even what may slowly be killing them Later in the night once thevent is over the Author scorts the professional reader for a walk before saying goodnight to her What happens beyond that is uncertain Oz playfully suggests one possibility while ruling out another Just as things fall neatly into place he goes back and shows a parallel realityI ve read a few Oz books now and would say that this one has some passages I d describe as classic Oz In places he is definitely in top gear as he supplies depth and intrigue to ach and God Is in the Crowd every character s life At other times though it can feel that he has switched on the cruise control and taken his foot off the gasA short book Oz manages to pack so much in to the story that it feels like much than has actually been read The cast is long and it is wonderful how much substance he manages to convey in so short a time There are stories within stories here and the possibilities arendless All in all a very Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard enjoyable read and one that will probably reveal to the readerach time it is rediscovered An intriguing glimpse inside the mind of an author and how they may see the world around them in all its triviality and beauty I am glad to have The Matriarchs (The Family ended this chapter so I can move on and forget what a creep the Author is Almost DNFd itI m giving this book 1 star as opposed to 0 because it had a few well written passages Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk It s a perfectly well written bookbut one that didn t speak to me at all and felt like a chore to read So much so that I gave up after a disinterested 60 pages I simply couldn t muster any Notes for the Everlost enthusiasm for what was going on Just one of those books that will legitimately give other peoplenjoyment but to me was nothing than wallpaper My gut feeling is that this will be a bit of a love it or loathe it kind of a book Personally I loved it I could have written it I wish I had Now I can t Damn But the lack of a real plot will drive some people mad Some of the Author s musings actually pan out into short stories but most are just character sketches that simply merge into one another And then it just stops Well it doesn t really but it reaches a point where the author is stopped in his tracks someone is dead what is there to imagineI can t When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) envisage a writer notnjoying this book I can t speak for non writers but they re not that different from us I ve found desperately curious about other people Why would shows like Big Brother attract such large audiences if we didn t all have the peeping Tom gene We writers can t content ourselves with spying we need take notes and write them up laterYou can read a full review on my blog here The book is a fascinating look at writing life and death fantasy and reality and the comparison of how opposites need ach other in order to complete the whole The protagonist is known as The Author and we never learn his true name The use of third person narration is subjective in Rhyming Life. Reality and fiction blend in an ingenious Rothian short novel from the celebrated author of 'A Tal.
DeathThis form of narration affords us to be inside the mind of The Author and we know his thoughts and feelings This format is perfect for the novel in that it xposes the immediate train of thought of The Author He is a man who is bored with the task at hand before it Crush It! even begins that of having to attend a literaryvent where there will be a reading of his work and he will speak and answer uestions regarding his writingI won t go into the descriptions of the characters The Author develops as the book is a slim volume and I would give the ntire story away Suffice it to say that there are so I received a copy of Amos Oz s Rhyming Life and Death from a dear friend for my birthday I had not read any of prizewinning author Oz s work before and was suitably intrigued by the blurb of this novel which was first published in 2007 and has been translated from its original Hebrew by Nicholas Lange The Guardian calls Rhyming Life and Death A master class in interlocking character sketches and a fable on the themes of sex death and writing pitched somewhere between the fictional universes of JM Coetzee and Milan Kundera The Scotsman declares it a meditation on the art of writing the relationship between literature and life between life and death In the novel which is set during the 1980s an unnamed author spends a window of time before he is due to give a reading waiting in a bar in Tel Aviv on a stifling hot night making up the life stories of the people he meets The story culminates in his asking a woman who declares herself a huge fan of his work for a drink Although she declines he walks away only to climb the steps to her flat that night Or does he In Amos Oz s beguiling intriguing story the reader never really knows where reality nds and invention begins Rhyming Life and Death opens with a wealth of freuently asked uestions which have been posed to the Author as he is referred to throughout They include Why do you write the way you do Do you constantly cross out and correct or do you write straight out of your head and Why do you mostly describe the negative side of things There are many such uestions and a lot of them cross the line between public and personalOz s writing Deep Listening errs on the sensual He seems particularly concerned withvoking the smells of Tel Aviv Of a man lying in the terminal ward of a hospital he writes With Bird-by-Bird Gardening every breath his lungs are invaded by a foul cocktail of smells urine sedatives leftover food sweat sprays chlorine medicines soiled dressingsxcrement beetroot salad and disinfectant Sounds too are important to Oz s descriptions of Israel and they are paired in the novel with musings about the Author and the strange power which his fans believe him to possess The night is pierced by the staccato alarm of a parked car struck by sudden panic in the darkness Will the Author say something new this The Works of Saint Augustine evening Will he manage toxplain to us how we got into this state of affairs or what we have to do to change it Can he see something we haven t seen yet In this novel Oz certainly gives insight into Unbuttoning the CEO (The Suits Undone elements of what it is like to be a writer and to be known The public throughout have uite unrealisticxpectations of him as indeed he has of others The stories which he invents of people whom he meets are often overly detailed I found some of these inventions interesting than others but the constant repetition of details did become tiresome rather uickly There are scenes here which are rather cringeworthy and crammed with a series of cliched metaphors Whilst the novel was interesting My Teacher Is a Robot enough to read and I could never uite guess in whic. E of Love and Darkness' witty butlegiac playful and sexy but somehow deadly serious it's about
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Amos Oz Hebrew עמוס עוז; born Amos Klausner was an Israeli writer novelist journalist and intellectual He was also a professor of literature at Ben Gurion University in Beersheba He was regarded as Israels most famous living authorOzs work has been published in 42 languages in 43 countries and has received many honours and awards among them the Legion of Honour of France the Goethe P