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Judas
Judas | Amos Oz
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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 Abarbanel, the daughter of a deceased Zionist leader, a beautiful woman in her forties, 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.
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Jari-chan
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It's not a bad idea to read a book by Amos Oz every now and then. So I was quite content with this book, even though it dragged a little at the end. As always, the author talks about important topics and digs deep into them. He makes his readers thinking by themselves. And even though Oz' books mostly revolve around the same topics, he manages it to present them in another way in every book. Yes, it's good to read Amos Oz from time to time.

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TheBee
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AmosOz‘ writing is so soothing. So soft and gentle, yet so powerful. I love this book. #amosoz #israel #novel #bestseller #jerusalem #2014

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Niso
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Another brilliant book from Amos OZ oeuvre. An intellectually and emotionally scintillating novel set in 1950s Jerusalem weaving stories of coming-of-age, love, heartbreak, hope and hopelessness with a thought-provoking study of betrayal.

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bedandabook
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Mehso-so

Initially, I wasn‘t sure about this novel - was it trying to do too many things at once- but I soon settled into its thoughtful and evocatively written rhythm. It is a contemplative and complexly woven coming-of-age story that, above all other things, makes you stop to think about politics, love, and religion. And a book that makes you do that is never a bad thing.

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TheBee
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“So apart from your sister, and apart from Lenin and Jesus, you have no close friends in the whole world? Never mind. You are not obliged to answer. You are a valiant warrior in the army of world reformers, and I am merely part of the corruption of the world...”

I ♥️ this book! #amosoz #judas

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nudibranch
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*proceeds to rush out and find every book Amos Oz has ever written*

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nudibranch
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(PSA: This technologically-illiterate millennial can't figure out how to get two focus bars on one image, so you get a clumsy finger-painted blackout instead.)

Naj It's cooler this way. Looks like blackout poetry. 4y
nudibranch @Naj oh good, Haha. 👍 4y
Lauram I like it! 4y
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nudibranch
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This whole book is written with metaphors like this. They're everywhere. And Oz has somehow written them in such a way that I am delighted to find yet another one, instead of rolling my eyes at their excessive use. 🤯

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CaitlinR
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“You‘re in love with her.”
“Maybe just a little, just with her shadow, not with her.”
“But you spend your whole life living among shadows. As a serve to earnestly desire the shadow.”
“Shadows, maybe. But I‘m not so much of a servant. Not yet.” (p. 77)

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BookishMarginalia
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Israeli writer Amos Oz just died :https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/amos-oz-death-age-cause-cancer-tale-love-darkness-book-natalie-portman-tributes-a8702061.html

His last book is on sale here: https://www.amazon.com/Judas-Amos-Oz-ebook/dp/B01912QAJM/ref=mp_s_a_1_248

nudibranch Aaagh, noooo! 4y
Simona 💔 I was voting for him when this year Alternative Nobel literature Prize was announced. 4y
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tricours
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Amos Oz is a great author. I just want to keep reading his books.

Simona I like him a lot too... and I voted for him for this year alternative to Nobel prize in literature. (edited) 4y
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HannaPolkadots
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This is a book I would probably never have picked up myself, so I am so grateful to @Cinfhen for sending it to me for #halloweengoespostal last year ❤ It was a beautiful, sort of calm read (if it's acceptable to describe a book as "calm"). A story of searching, loneliness and longing, I think. Ut was also brilliant to read it alongside The New York Trilogy- it often felt as if they were overlapping.

Cinfhen So glad you liked this book...I have a problem with reading Amos Oz, his books are so introspective and overwhelmingly sad 😔 I almost always bail... 4y
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HannaPolkadots
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Plan for the day 😍

Simona I love this one! It is one of my favorite from last year. 5y
HannaPolkadots @simona I am about halfway through and I'm really enjoying it too 😀 5y
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Simona
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One of my favorites story from this year.

#quotsynov17 #bittersweet

Cinfhen Nice passage 5y
BarbaraBB Loved the book! 5y
Simona Me to @BarbaraBB ... but you didn't like it @Cinfhen or am I wrong? (edited) 5y
Cinfhen I bailed @Simona @BarbaraBB I just couldn't get into it all 5y
Kristelh Glad to hear. I like this author 5y
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JenP
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#riotgrams #bookandabeverage I‘ve been so busy at work these past couple weeks that I‘ve barely done any reading but I hope to get to this one soon

CafeMom Love Amos Oz. Enjoy. 5y
JenP @CafeMom me too! 5y
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nickimags
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Just had a quick peek at my library's OverDrive app and found yet another book to add to the tbr. 😂😂😂

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BarbaraBB
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Interesting theory in which Judas was not a betrayer but the only true Christian and the effect this would have had on Judaism, Christianity and the relationship between both religions.
Also a nice commentary on the origin of the current relations between Israel and its Arab neighbours.
All themes described within the context of a young man, temporarily lost in life, who starts working for an old man and the beautiful woman who lives with him.

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mjdowens
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So these arrived today☺️☀️😀. 📚

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Moray_Reads
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Amos Oz had written a haunting novel that explores the nature of treachery and traitors by weaving together the foundation of Israel, the rising tensions of the Arab-Israeli conflict in 1959 and the Jewish interpretation(s) of Jesus and the betrayal of Judas. Told with quiet passion but without polemic. Fascinating, compassionate, thoughtful and humane. #TacklingTheTBR

saresmoore Yes. 5y
Moray_Reads @saresmoore It's quite wonderful. If it hadn't been up against Horse Walks into a Bar for the Man Booker International I would have been rooting for this to win. Strange that two amazing books with such similar themes but such wildly varying styles could be on the same shortlist 5y
mjdowens So glad I just saw this and another great review. I just got this one in the mail today and cannot wait to start it👍 5y
Simona I also thought about this, but writing style in Judas is closer to me and I love how unobtrusively Oz sets stories in the Jerusalem. 5y
Simona ... and I'm glad that you like it. 5y
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Moray_Reads
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I won this signed copy of Judas from Vintage shortly before it was published but have yet to read it 🙈 As I've read two other Man Booker International nominees recently it's time to finally dive in #signedsundays

saresmoore I haven't heard much about this one. I look forward to your thoughts! 5y
vivastory Are you reading the entire Man Booker International shortlist? 5y
Moray_Reads @vivastory I hadn't consciously decided to but this will be the third so I suppose I might as well! It will be interesting to see how closely I agree with @Simona too 😊 5y
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vivastory @Moray_Reads I am planning on doing so. I'm hoping to read all of the shortlist from last year's Man Booker, except for Szalay's book 5y
Moray_Reads @vivastory I read the Sellout, Hot Milk and Do Not Say We Have Nothing but never got around to the rest. Why do you exclude Szalay? 5y
vivastory @Moray_Reads I've heard from people I trust that it's not very good. 5y
Moray_Reads @vivastory I can't say that what I've read about it really appealed to me either 5y
Simona 😍😍😍 Enjoy! 5y
susanw Reading this now and very much enjoying it! Hope you have the same experience! 5y
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Simona
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My three favorite books in this year #SoFar

MayJasper Ooh yes, Submission is on my TBR list. I had not heard of Judas but thanks to you it is now added. 😊 5y
Simona @MayJasper Judas is my third book by Oz and I love his very tranquil way of writing, just the opposite of Houellebecq. He is all over the place - vulgar, poetic, dramatic ... and with attitude 😉 5y
MayJasper @Simona Which other Oz books have you read? 😊 5y
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Simona @MayJasper The first one is about woman, dealing with depression and the second is autobiographical novel. Both are written in a very quiet manner and with very vivid descriptions of Jerusalem. 5y
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BookwormM
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3 stars

This book couldn't decide what it wanted to be.

Full review here soon www.thereadersroom.org

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GuiltyFeat
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I'll admit to having struggled with one or two of Amos Oz's books before I read, loved and appeared as an extra in the movie of A Tale of Love and Darkness. This was a pleasure. Set in Jerusalem in the Winter of 1959, we revisit arguments for and against Israel's statehood with a lone dissenting voice compared to Judas, the betrayer, who may have been the single true believer up until the moment he lost his faith. Excellent stuff.

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BookwormM
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Just finished this and I am really not sure how I feel about it...

#MBI2017

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chavalah
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I'm not sure that the story quite lived up, but this gave me a lot to think about. Oz juxtaposes Judas's "betrayal" to that of a fictional Zionist during the '40s who ultimately stood against the idea of a total Jewish state. What if both of these narratives are more complicated? How would history be different now if they weren't seen as traitors? Will this win the International Man Booker? :p Protagonist Shmuel was least interesting. #JewLit

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Cinfhen
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Not participating in any of the readathons but supporting all the lovely readers! Finished one book and I'm onto my next... #manbookerfinalist2017

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Hoopiefoot
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Evening trainer ride reading material.

Simona My favorite this year, so far! 5y
Hoopiefoot @Simona I'm really enjoying it so far 5y
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Vikz
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This is a beautifully written book. The author is obviously a skilled craftsman. But, there was something stopping me from emotionally entering the text.

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Vikz
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Sorry that I've been awol. It's been a chaotic week. I haven't read much, hoping that my #WeekendRead #FridayReads will get me back to the reading habit

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Simona
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My shortlist for #ManBookerInternationalPrize2017 although, I haven't been able to read Dorthe Norse - Mirror, Shoulder, Signal (ebook isn't available and I'm still waiting for my copy to arrives).

My winner is Amos Oz - Judas
Ismail Kadare - The Traitor's Niche
Jon Kalman Stefansson - Fish Have No Feet
Samanta Schweblin - Fever Dream
David Grossman - A Horse Walks Into a Bar
Roy Jacobsen - The Unseen

Cinfhen Impressive list! Fantastic accomplishment...these are dense reads!!! 5y
LeahBergen Yay! 👏🏻👏🏻 5y
Simona @Cinfhen Dense and good 😊 5y
shawnmooney Well done!! 👏👏👏 5y
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Vikz
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Reese_Pearly.Pages
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"Blessed are the dreamers, and cursed be the man who opens their eyes." I'm reading this way too fast, mostly because it's overdue. Sorry not sorry. I'm enjoying this novel.

Reese_Pearly.Pages @MooseGurl Owl Post shipped UPS, about Wednesday. 5y
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Simona
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Amos Oz - Judas is my favorite in the March and it's my favorite of the year, so far. Story gives us the possibility to think in a different way about faith/religion and treason.

#marchintoreading #bestofmarch

Cinfhen Lots of diversity this month💙👍🏻📚 5y
PurpleyPumpkin Looks like you had a great month!👍🏽 5y
Reviewsbylola Great month! 👏👏👏 5y
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Simona @Cinfhen @PurpleyPumpkin @Reviewsbylola Thanks to the #ManBookerInternationalPrize2017 longlist, it was great reading month and I expect something similar in April too! 5y
rachellayown 👍👍👍 5y
RealLifeReading Wow 5 audiobooks in one month! It prob takes me like several months to get through one audiobook 😂 5y
Simona @RealLifeReading Thanks to insomnia, walks with dog and household chores. And all of them were under 13 hours! 5y
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Knowledgelost
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Sex, religion and politics, what more can you ask for in a book?

ReadingEnvy Ooh I have this one from the library 6y
Knowledgelost @ReadingEnvy hopefully you get to it soon, it really is a wonderful coming age type story 6y
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Simona
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It's a story about love, desire, loneliness, religion, guilt and treason set in Jerusalem, 1959. It's a novel of ideas that are given through thinking / actions of the five protagonists (three alive and two dead, all trapped under one roof), and each in its own way suffers or is guilty of treason. All the main characters are imperfect and Oz nicely balances their internal conflicts with the complex history of the Israel.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Laalaleighh Well that's two Man bookers you've convinced me of now. I've got Chronicles of Explosion sitting on my shelf and now must order this. 6y
Simona @Laalaleighh If you like plotless stories with strange characters, but loaded with ideas that are provocative, then this is the book in which you're going to enjoy. My favorite so far! And if you interested in Amos Oz thoughts about it, here is a link to the very informative conversation https://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2016/sep/23/amos-oz-on-his-novel-judas-b... 6y
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Laalaleighh @Simona I can handle plotless and strange if it comes loaded with provocative ideas! Great interview! Thanks for the link!! 6y
Simona @Laalaleighh My pleasure. 😁 6y
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Simona
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The first paragraph in my second book from the #ManBookerInternationalPrize2017 longlist.

Amos Oz - #Israel 🇮🇱

#readingtheworld #readaroundtheworld

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BooksGirlsCats
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Love the look of the #ManBookerInternational #longlist! Say hello to my new #TBR stack!

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Cinfhen
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#17BookLove Brunch is my FAVORITE meal on the planet and where I live it's offered 24 hours a day💕#BookMealLove it's a winning combo book + brunch

Jenshootsweddings 24 hours a day??? I'm coming to visit 6y
MidnightBookGirl That looks amazing! Books and brunch is the best thing on earth. 6y
Crinoline_Laphroaig In another life I'm living in the city so I can have brunch everyday. 6y
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LeahBergen Hang on! I'll be right there! 6y
KarenUK It's always time for brunch.... 🍾🍊🥐🍳💕💕💕 6y
Cinfhen I know!!! Brunch is THE BEST, but not so good for my budget and body 😜 @KarenUK @LeahBergen @missnavigation @MidnightBookGirl @Jenshootsweddings 6y
howjessicareads I want to live where you live!!! J'adore brunch! 6y
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Cinfhen
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I currently have two books in my #TBR with a #ProperName for #ReadJanuary Hoping to get to them both real soon, especially the Diaz 🙂#YearofMagicalReadingChallenges

JenP Loved the Junot Diaz book and really want to read the new Oz book. I hope you like them 6y
Cinfhen Thanks @JenP I'll let u know how it plays out 😉 6y
Lacythebookworm Love your hashtag! 😂😊 6y
Cinfhen @Lacythebookworm I get no credit for the hashtag, that brilliance belongs to @BookishFeminist 🤓 6y
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Floresj
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What I liked most about this book was the theory of Judas. It reminded me of Wicked, in which what you think you know about a character could be completely wrong and misunderstood. I thought the history of Israel and the coming of age components were a nice side dish to elevating the views of Jews, Jesus and "traitors".

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Floresj
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"All these faiths, including those that have appeared in recent generations and continue to mesmerize adherents to this day, all arose to save us and all just as soon started to shed our blood."
Interesting read, thought provoking quotes so far!

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Sararl77
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This was a novel with lots of words and some amazing quotes strung out between them.

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JewishBookCouncil
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"Here is a story from the winter days of the end of 1959 and the beginning of 1960. It is a story of error and desire, of unrequited love, and of a religious question that remains unresolved."

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RobinGustafson
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This lengthy and fascinating talk with author Amos Oz is well worth a listen! https://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2016/sep/23/amos-oz-on-his-novel-judas-b...

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DennisJacobRosenfeld
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The latest Amos Oz is shaping up to be a really interesting read.

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shawnmooney
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I've never read an Amos Oz novel, nor have I read nearly enough Israeli fiction. This one sounds pretty interesting!

Full Guardian review: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/sep/03/judas-by-amos-oz-review?CMP=Share_...

Simona You should try with this one. The story takes dedication, it's deeply sad and interwoven with history, but it is also very inspiring and rewarding book. 6y
shawnmooney @Simona Thanks for the recommend! I see it on iBooks Japan for really cheap. 6y
ReadingEnvy An Israeli author I enjoyed was Shemi Zarhin, author of 6y
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quirkyreader Yea, another guardian book page reader. 🐸🐙 6y
shawnmooney @ReadingEnvy Thanks Jenny! I see that ebook is available on Scribd - sounds great! 6y
ReadingEnvy @shawnmooney definitely lighter in tone 6y
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