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Summary

Winner of the International Literature Prize, the new novel by Amos Oz is his first full-length work since the best-selling A Tale of Love and Darkness.

Jerusalem, 1959. Shmuel Ash, a biblical scholar, is adrift in his young life when he finds work as a caregiver for a brilliant but cantankerous old man named Gershom Wald. There is, however, a third, mysterious presence in his new home. Atalia Abravanel, the daughter of a deceased Zionist leader, a beautiful woman in her 40s, entrances young Shmuel even as she keeps him at a distance. Piece by piece, the old Jerusalem stone house, haunted by tragic history and now home to the three misfits and their intricate relationship, reveals its secrets. At once an exquisite love story and coming-of-age novel, an allegory for the state of Israel and for the biblical tale from which it draws its title, Judas is Amos Oz's most powerful novel in decades.

©2016 Amos Oz (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Anthony
  • Sydney, Australia
  • 15-06-17

Tender love and betrayal

Beautifully written exploration of love and betrayal...

Oz juxtaposes the insights derived by a young man employed and accommodated in a household of unconventional Zionists in the 1940s and '50s with the role of Judas in Jesus' crucifixion.

Oz writes tenderly about love, coming of age, and alternative views of an imagined future. He explores the freezing out of Zionists who conceptualised a state that would accommodate both Jews and Palestinians in a widely democratic and diverse state and society. Alongside this he portrays Judas as a spy turned disciple, encouraging Jesus to travel to Jerusalem where he will not only be crucified as a threat to Roman power, but will demonstrate his divine status. An act of treachery led to recognition of godliness.

More generally, can acting to protect a hard-fought ideal be both treacherous and a demonstration of love?

Terrifically read, thought provoking, stirring and contemporary...

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A very thoughtful rendering of a story of a nation

The Story of Israel recounted through lives of individuals, their loves, strivings and doubts. d

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  • Lahana Singer
  • 15-05-18

Amos Oz is artist of words.

Very good. Oz paints his story with beautiful words. Found the ending slightly dissatisfing some how.

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  • Isabella Piestrzynska
  • 22-05-17

Incandescent

A sublime experience. Absolutely shattering and yet funny, profoundly sophisticated and majestic in scope and understanding.

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