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“In a world full of hype noise and confusion the simple lucidity of The Same Sea is totally unexpected” — New York Times Book Review The Same Sea is Amos Oz’s most adventurous and inventive book a novel of lyrical beauty and narrative power We meet the middle aged Albert; his wife whom he has lost to cancer; his prodigal son who wanders the mountains of Tibet hoping to find himself; and his son’s young girlfriend with whom Albert becomes infatuated The author himself receives phone calls from his creations criticizing him for his portraits of them A fever dream of chaos and order love and eroticism loyalty and betrayal “A prose poem at once melancholic and sensual” — The New Yorker

10 thoughts on “אותו הים

  1. says:

    Ever since the first time I read this it has become the book by which all other books are judged Oz's verse has such a melancholic beauty to it Still not a book for everyone but if it's a book for you you will never forget it

  2. says:

    No this was not for me This reads as a collection of related poems that strung together are meant to tell a story Some of the lines were pretty and did have me thinking but most of the time I was just confused Poems are intermixed with sections of prose poetry Some of the poems have lines that rhyme but the rhymes were silly simplistic; other words would have made sense The poetry made the story disjointed and hard to understandThe book's central character is a sixty year old man living in Tel Aviv Israel His wife has died His son has gone off to find himself in Tibet The son's girlfriend remains She doesn't care; she’s independent The telling flips back and forth between Israel Tibet and then Siri Lanka All of them are sleeping with than one person Neither the story nor the writing did anything for me In addition I did not I like the audiobook narration by Elijah Alexander The tempo is uneven one minute fast and the next slow and drawn out The whole performance was in my view unprofessionalBook I have read by Amos Oz in order of preferenceA Tale of Love and Darkness 4 starsMy Michael 4 starsPanther In The Basement 4 starsJudas 3 starsThe Same Sea 1 star

  3. says:

    A beautiful dreamlike prose a delicate poetry and genuinely brilliant There are some superb allusions but the most striking was a novel perspective to look at the mundane things I cannot describe it Will add a few liners to backup The story goes around a writer a family of Albert Nadia and their son who is wandering in Tibet and Srilanka in search of himself his once girlfriend and her friends and a few people The story is told in poems and incidents switching back and forth If you are looking for one continuous story stop looking for it Like a breeze on the shore this story flows freely everywhere as whimsical as breeze Amor is the central theme There's not a single person who doesn't love few others I felt sometimes it's bit than I could get but rest of it is just a beautiful journey Wish I could read it in the original language

  4. says:

    A captivating story of a widower and his son trying to come to terms with and find meaning in the loss of his wifemother  It is all the poignant as Oz pours out his soul he himself losing his mother at a young ageIt is an interesting hybrid experimental novel utilising different formats views and devices It may not be to everyone's taste but Oz's style and prose are recognisable A pale opaline mist is rolling slowly upwards a filmy nightdress on the curve of the mountain Some of the regional cultural references are so inviting Sometimes the taste of these strong olives cured slowly in oil with cloves of garlic bay leaves and chillies an lemon and salt conjures a whiff of a bygone age rocky crannies goats shade and the sound of pipes the tune of the breath of primeval times The chill of a cave a hidden cottage in a vineyard a lodge in a garden a slice of barley bread and well water You are from there You have lost your way Here is exile Your death will come and lay a knowing hand on your shoulder Come it's time to go homeI find the ending a bit wanting but get the sense that the author himself has already reached some degree of resolutionProse Poetry Epistolary Play Narrative JournalMotley EclecticIntentional or DisorganizedCreative or LazyAlbert Rico Father sonLoss Grief CatharsisRemembrance NostalgiaSearching for LostSearching for LoveFather's defeatSon's retreatDita entreatsBettine Maria Giggy The ReplacementsDubi The RepulsiveNarrator interjectsAuthor injects himself even his family into the storyAlbert Bettine Two sixty year old widowed and lonely Like Our souls at nightDita Albert  Mutual SubstitutesTemptation Seduction ConsolationBettine Dita Interloper JealousyMemories of Nadia Nadia's memoriesAllusions ReferencesReligious Spiritual MysticalObservations Yearnings SayingsIncomplete No resolutionLife remembered Life resumedWas it all a dream? One who has come through fire and water his early promise has come to nothing It has not come easily to him He has come to blows He has not come up in the world nor has he come into money He has come to grief has come down to his last crust Now he has come to judgment and at last he has come to terms

  5. says:

    A novel told in a mixture of poetry and prose – a novel approach I dare say However I came to understand why novels and poetry stand apart as two different forms and although they borrow heavily from each other the fusion of the two into “the same sea” leaves one uite “at sea”The author enters the minds of a group of people in Israel a widowed father his soul searching son the son’s stay behind girlfriend and her lovers the son’s pick up girlfriend while on the road the father’s wannabe girlfriend who is herself a widow the matriarch while she is alive and dead and most interestingly the author himself who as the narrator mixes freely with his characters and dissects their livesNothing much happens in this book other than for the narrator offering us rich insights into each of the characters through set pieces of poetry or short prose Their relationships to each other their desires or loss of desire in the case of the widower memories angst and feelings are laid bare in lyrical language Oz takes us into taboo places the father’s lust for his son’s girlfriend the girlfriend’s reciprocation the son’s anger at his mother dying on him I felt the author was enjoying himself not only in taking tea with his characters and spying on them but also in playing with words At times I had difficulty identifying some of the voices as they blur amongst each other Given the style selected there is not a lot of movement other than for the son’s peregrinations through South Asia which are elegantly renderedIs this one of my favourite novels? No Is this the best book of poetry I’ve read? No Is it the best work of experimental fiction I’ve read? Perhaps I was left hanging wondering how much impactful this novel would have been had Oz given his flair for language and his fearlessness to plumb character decided to write it as a conventional novel replete with a story line that would have seen some of the conflicts resolved; how much further could he have travelled with this book that way? Yes then perhaps I would have cast a favourable vote

  6. says:

    This is a rare and special sort of read An entire story is told through short poems I would recommend this book to anyone who loves words Beautiful imagery some of it referenced from the Bible It is a translation from the original Hebrew I cannot imagine it could be lovely A widower awaits his son who has gone wandering A boy leaves his parents one living the other dead and is haunted by both their ghosts His girlfriend stays with his father the widower and creates the story Nirit's Love The narrator steps in and out of the story unexpectedly but okay no spoilers This book inspired a few poems that I'm proud of Described as mythic a GREAT book To think I found it at a Booksale

  7. says:

    The novel infused with sadness longing and ache slips easily from prose into poetry and vice versa The series of poems like the sea of the title are constantly changing yet remain the same Each section can stand on its own or be read as part of the whole We know very little about the cast of characters and yet they feel like family by the time the story is finishedThis book will entertain anyone who can enjoy an 'out of the ordinary' reading experience A master creation by Israel's greatest living writer

  8. says:

    Difficult to read until you realize it is poetry

  9. says:

    A gutsy work by an established writer who uses his fame in order to spread out and take chances by experimenting with many literary elements including form there is some poetry and much of the prose is in the form of verse voice a base of third person omniscient with bits of other voices here and there tense mostly present but other tenses appear as well and structure short pieces that move forward for the most part chronologically; something has to be conventionalFor the first fifty pages or so it didn’t grab me But then it did and held on There is beauty humor this is a novel that benefitted from the translator working with the author to attain a level of freedom that made the humor work wisdom and bits of plot with just a handful of characters who come in and out but not as narrators thankfully In fact this is a work about relationships even with those not around or alive Beyond this it’s difficult to describe It’s amazing how much of Oz’s experimentation works and how it builds in beauty and interest It's not perfect but it doesn't seek to be

  10. says:

    ohhhhhhhhhhhh oh ohhhhhhhhhhhhh wonderful he intertwines hope and despair in a way that seems to wrap tight in a foggy blanket the main point of all that we do and are revolutionary way to write a novel prosy poetry or poetic prose???