Judas

Judas

A Novel

Book - 2016 | First U.S. edition.
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SHORT-LISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE

Winner of the International Literature Prize, the new novel by Amos Oz is his first full-length work since the best-selling A Tale of Love and Darkness.

Jerusalem, 1959. Shmuel Ash, a biblical scholar, is adrift in his young life when he finds work as a caregiver for a brilliant but cantankerous old man named Gershom Wald. There is, however, a third, mysterious presence in his new home. Atalia Abarbanel, the daughter of a deceased Zionist leader, a beautiful woman in her forties, entrances young Shmuel even as she keeps him at a distance. Piece by piece, the old Jerusalem stone house, haunted by tragic history and now home to the three misfits and their intricate relationship, reveals its secrets.

At once an exquisite love story and coming-of-age novel, an allegory for the state of Israel and for the biblical tale from which it draws its title, Judas is Amos Oz's most powerful novel in decades.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780544464049
Branch Call Number: FIC Oz
Characteristics: 305 pages ; 22 cm
Language Note: Translated from the Hebrew.

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Adele_Jaunty
Feb 21, 2018

You would have to be interested in the aspect of the Zionist argument, I believe, to fully appreciate the work the author put into this book. The main protagonist was a feckless, self-centred whiner and I found this a tough read. To get through the book, I called on my ancient Evelyn Wood speed reading training so my review can't be taken seriously, but I found I was out of sync with most other reviewers.

AL_ANNAL Dec 14, 2017

Israel 10 years after the establishment of the state, a young man ponders the meaning of betrayal.

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Candaceb108
May 01, 2017

I tried to like this. I got about half way through but just couldn't keep going. Perhaps I am projecting the current state of religion/politics and Christianity/Capitalism and how corrupting it all is. Anyway, give it a try. Dry as dust.

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eappelbaum
Feb 02, 2017

Haunting and memorable book. Who are the traitors? Judas for betraying Jesus? Jesus for betraying authority? Shmuel for quitting his education? Abravanal and the author for being soft on Arabs? Jews for clinging to their religion? Or were all these people loyal in some sense? It is important for people who are despised to assert that they are not despicable.

My only complaint is that the woman, Atalia, is not humanized; just a masculine stereotype of the cold manipulative woman.

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