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The Same Sea

by Amos Oz

A father and son need to come to terms with the death of their wife/mother and how this will affect all their other relationships. Before attempting this book you need to know that this is a novel mainly written in verse and very Jewish/Israeli. If this appeals, then do go into Oz's world - it is quirky, sexy and ultimately life-affirming. Plus the writing is beautiful in this translation - Nicholas de Lange should get every medal going.

Extract

Now look what's happened because of you. You've filled his head with fairies and fog and you yourself have grown feathers and a beak and flown off into the cold. You've left me all these lace doilies and embroidered tablemats, who needs them. We could have had a grandson by now. Or a granddaughter.
Translated by Nicholas de Lange

Parallels

The Family Moskat by Isaac Bashevis Singer
Ulysses by James Joyce
Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas
 

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