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Following the bizarre accidental death of his wife Israeli secret service agent Yoel Ravid retires to the suburbs with his daughter mother and mother in lawAfter a lifetime of uncovering other people's secrets he is forced to look back at the lies he has told himself; at the desolate enigma of his wife's life and death; his years of service to the state and the riddle of his daughter's behaviour


10 thoughts on “לדעת אישה

  1. says:

    Israeli Yoel Arvid a 47 year old man of Romanian descent is brilliant at 'reading' other people discovering their motives and uncovering their lies No wonder he's the perfect analyst at the Mossad apparently the best secret service in the world” At the start of the novel Yoel's world has collapsed his wife Ivria died in a mysterious electrocution accident while he was on a foreign mission With his 16 year old adolescent daughter Netta he moves from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv in a rented house where his mother and mother in law also come to live While dazed day in and day out Yoel’s life is lost in odd little jobs in and around the house and clashes with his female housemates In between we also learn that the relationship between Yoel and Ivria had become uite sour and distantOz is constantly zooming in on Yoel's struggle with the death of his wife with the difficult relationship with his daughter mother and mother in law and with a few loose ends left from his work for the Mossad This struggle is described in great detail and is interspersed with extensive descriptions of the surrounding nature and of the daily routine Yoel meticulously follows almost like a machine This makes the tempo of this novel particularly slow and the lack of suspense and humour certainly make the reading rather intense sometimes close to tediousThe title To know a woman obviously refers to Yoel's frantic attempts to gain insight into what was really going on with his former wife but it also refers to his inability to understand the people around him and even life in general He's clearly in a mourning process the grip on things constantly escapes him “ And everything you had just deciphered was only understood for an instant As if you were making your way through dense ferns in a tropical forest that closed behind you as soon as you passed through leaving no trace of where you had walked The moment you describe something in words it had already slipped away crept away to a murky twilight full of shadows” For the control freak that Yoel is the man who could read reality so well in a working context could he indeed? that is a real tortureAt the very end Oz offers a turning point and we eventually see Yoel manage to take peace with life to accept that there are things secrets that you will never understand This development touched me though it is described in a rather hastily way Overall this may not be Oz's best work it's a little too heavy and uneven for that but this book definitely captivated me Maybe because it hits close to home?


  2. says:

    Telling the story of a retired Mossad agent coming to terms with the sacrifices he made for his career and his family in the wake of his wife's death it is a challenging book of startling clarity Its primary theme as the title suggests is knowledge The protagonist as a spy has spent his life wrapped up in a uest for certain kinds of knowledge He is an expert at evaluating the value of a piece of knowledge And again and again when he receives a new piece the book repeats the same line He thought about it and found no errorBut as this happens it is clear that errors are happening anyway Something in his ability to judge knowledge has been driven askew by his sacrifices He needs to be made whole before he can assess knowledge fairly again and yet the knowledge of how to be made whole is the second most significant piece of knowledge he doesn't have The most significant piece of knowledge though is what his love for his wife meant He struggles with it again and again as the book carefully echoes the Biblical narrative of Adam and Eve and plays a host of clever language games to show that the term 'to know a woman' never means what you think it does


  3. says:

    To Know a Woman After the sudden death of his wife Yoel moves slowly through the world in a disoriented fog He obsessively microanalyses the details and events in his life and tries to make sense of the women who surround him This book is exuisitely written It's a great choice if you’re in the mood for beautiful meditative descriptions and gentle plot development The conversations between Yoel and his kvetchy mother and mother in law both of whom have moved in with him cracked me up I was tempted to give the book 5 stars but it does get a little too repetitious as Yoel revisits certain details of his life over and over and over; sometimes it feels like the author cut and pasted whole pages and that was a bit much for me


  4. says:

    I liked the styleespecially some of the descriptions but the story lacked imagination and was politically overloaded The ending was uite naive and simple the main character went to work as a volunteer in a hospitalto redeem his sinsAnywayI would give this writer a second chanceI would like to try A Tale of Love and Darkness Let`s hope he has been sincere in its writing


  5. says:

    I expected much from this book I don't think it has much to do with knowing a woman its like the life of a man after his wife's deaththe writing was good


  6. says:

    Nothing very exciting happens but I loved the feel of the story Reminded me of AB Yehoshua's writing or maybe it's the other way around and this book came first


  7. says:

    I don't know what expectations I had about a book with such a title Curiously I was expecting for some secrets to be revealed for some kinda of a deep immersion into women's way of thinking Ha How gullible of me to think soSeriously people who read this book to discover some hidden wisdom on this eternal topic and are headstrong to find it put this book down Amos Oz doesn't reveal any secrets one would expect to be revealed here Instead he crafts a confusing yet beautiful story on an everlasting topic the conflict between duty and family Yoel Ravid is a skillful secret agent who does his job masterfully While at work he is able to discern things to calm the restless in order to save the ueer operations his `agency` performs At home he is an example of placidity and disinterest toward his family His wife Ivria decides to take the lead of his homelife raising a daughter Netta who suffers from what is believed to be epilepsy The family becomes separated and the dialogues between family members seem very stiff that's to emphasize the idea of lack of communication Thus don't be surprised to find the most inconseuent dialogues and a mediocre storyline Oh and did I mention that the reader reveals Ravid family's past by constant digressions from the main plot as Yoel is a widower throughout the novel? But digressions and overall confusion are okay here it's a postmodernist novel god damn itThen why did I give it 5 out of 5? Because Amos Oz doesn't give us direct answers Because he keeps Yoel groping around in the darkness with occasional revelations Because he plays with symbolism to remember the invalid Yoel met in Helsinki who symbolizes Yoel's inability to affect his homelife and the very beginning of the story `The statue had no eyes` which represents Yoel's `blindness` Because he sets a story for readers to dig it Because he keeps woman's figure mysterious untouched as an eternal secret a secret for each of us to discover


  8. says:

    Overall I thought this book was pretty dull It belongs to a small sub genre of books that our book club seems to hit on occasionally which I would call books about morose often Jewish middle age or older men trying to make sense of their lives Others in the book club seem to like them but I rarely connectso maybe it's just me I find the characters mostly unlikeable the overall mood very blah and the stories pretty plot less and this one was no exception Others books I'd put in this category that we've read in the last few years Blue Nude The History of Love and sort of Super Cannes


  9. says:

    Like many of Amos Oz's other novels To Know A Woman was meditative beautifully written and full of eclectic and well crafted characters I enjoyed it but ultimately found it less satisfying than most of his other books For me I felt like the balance between character development and plot was weighted too much towards character which sapped the novel of some of the energy and movement it could have had For someone who is just exploring Amos Oz for the first time I would probably recommend starting with a different novel


  10. says:

    When I read the summary of this book I thought it was going to be a certain type of book emotionally detached man estranged from wife absent with daughter mid life crisis drives him to drinkingaffairscrisis etcblah blah blah But the books is so much than that and so absolutely mesmerizing The writing is fantastic