The Same Sea by Amos Oz

The Same Sea

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.

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.
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