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2012-01 Book Club

What: Black Box by Amos Oz

When: 18 January, 19:30 – RSVP on Meetup (optional ;))

Where: Aquarium

This book is very funny and clever. A woman is fighting with the two men she loves: her current husband and the father of her son (former husband). The son fights with all three.

The story unfolds as each one of those four characters tells piece after piece of her view of this conflict. All pieces are in fact letters. The whole book consists of letters, some are just a couple of lines long, others longer, some are very emotional, others calmly relating.

The conflict is not only about their relationship to each other, but also about pride, religion, the value of culture, death, life, Israel, Israelis of different geographical origin, money, devotion… In this book Amos Oz shows his virtuosity in building up a complex plot and rich characters, just by letting those characters write to each other, in a round robin of intense love and hate.

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