Same Sea by Amos Oz
Look inside with Google Book Preview
Same Sea
By Amos Oz

The Same Sea

By (author) See other recent books by Amos Oz
Format: Paperback

Normal Price: $19.99
Your Price: $17.99 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $2.00! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $0.90 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available Available to Backorder, No Due Date for Supply

Same Sea by Amos Oz

Book Description

Nadia is dead. Her widower, Albert, comforted by his old friend Bettine, is trying to put his life back together. His son, Enrico, has gone to find himself in Tibet. Enrico's girlfriend, Dita, is being friendly and daughterly to Albert- but his responses are less platonic. Meanwhile, Dita has another lover, and a slightly repellent film producer lusts after her too. Through these intersecting triangles of desire and loss comes an intimate, everyday tale of unrequited love, attachment and grief- surprising, heartbreaking, funny, poetic and simply unmissable.

Buy Same Sea book by Amos Oz from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780099283959
ISBN-10: 0099283956
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 14mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 7-Mar-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions...

Books By Author Amos Oz

Judas by Amos Oz Judas, Paperback (June 2017)

Shmuel, a young, idealistic student, is drawn to a mysterious handwritten note on a campus noticeboard. This takes him to a strange house, where an elderly invalid man requires a paid companion, to argue with and read to him. But there is someone else in the house, too...

Gender Medicine by Amos Oz Gender Medicine, Hardback (September 2016)

The groundbreaking call for reform, challenging the dangerous assumption that male and female patients can be effectively treated in the same way.

Soumchi by Amos Oz Soumchi, Paperback (September 2016)

When Soumchi, an eleven-year-old boy growing up in British-occupied Jerusalem just after World War II, receives a bicycle as a gift from his Uncle, he is overjoyed - even if it is a girl's bicycle. Ignoring the taunts of other boys in his neighborhood, he dreams of riding far away from them, out of the city towards the heart of Africa.

Elsewhere, Perhaps by Amos Oz Elsewhere, Perhaps, Paperback (September 2016)

The Kibbutz of Metsudat Ram lies in the valley of Jordan. The settlers go about their lives as the artillery rumbles in the distance. Among them are Reuven, the school teacher, his teenaged daughter, Noga, and Ezra, the truck-driver. As the seasons pass, so too do conflict and misunderstanding - all threatening to tear apart the community.

» View all books by Amos Oz


UK Kirkus Review » Oz, Israel's best known novelist abandons traditional literary constraints in The Same Sea to provide a lyrical and evocative study of a man in mourning, attempting to put the loss of his wife behind him. In a mixture of blank verse, prose and occasional internal rhyme, Oz produces an array of characters and voices, each of whom talks of their lives and loves in the aftermath of Nadia Danon's death from cancer. Set in the Israeli coastal town of Bat Yam (which means 'daughter of the sea') the narrative's only constant factor is the inescapable sea. While Nadia's accountant widower, Albert, combats the present by striking up almost platonic relationships with both his son's former girlfriend and a middle-aged widow, his son tries to find himself via the modern-day Israeli rite of passage in the mountains of Tibet, seeking occasional solace in an elderly prostitute. Oz deftly moves the force of the narrative from one character to the next, telling his tale from a variety of shifting perspectives. Mixing biblical images with the present day, his lyrical and yet occasionally blunt style brilliantly captures the atmosphere of Israel's sweltering coastal plain. His description of Tel Aviv: 'You don't see a sunset or a star, you see how the plaster peels from an excess of adrenaline, smells of sweat and diesel fuels' is simply superb. The Israeli author is just as strong in describing the feelings and individual isolation of Albert and his son, and it is hard to escape the conclusion that The Same Sea is a mini-masterpiece. Review by JEFF BARAK (Kirkus UK)

US Kirkus Review » Oz's most experimental fiction in years uses poetry and prose to tell a convoluted story of interlocking relationships. A new novel from one of the most compelling voices in Israeli literature ("The Story Begins", 1999, etc.) should be a cause for celebration, but "The Same Sea "is at best an intriguing mess. The problem lies in a collision of form and content, and a large cast of characters whose relationships are intricate without being interesting. Albert, an accountant, is recently widowed; his son Enrico is now wandering the Himalayas, trying to learn why his mother died. Dita, Enrico's girlfriend, swindled by would-be film producer Dubi, moves in with Albert in an act of desperation. Albert tries to untangle her contract with Dubi and ends up as Dubi's tax adviser (and reluctant father figure). Add to this a mysterious Portuguese woman who sleeps with Enrico, a carpenter dead by suicide, Albert's co-worker and confidante Bettina, who has a yen for him dating back decades, a cryptic yuppie named Giggy who sleeps with Dita and, just to make the whole thing depressingly postmodern, the Narrator (clearly Oz himself, and gradually an active participant in the roundelay). The primary problem is that Oz chooses to tell this overstuffed tale as a series of vignettes, none more than four or five pages long, most much shorter, cross-cutting cinematically between Tel Aviv, Arad, Tibet, the past, the present, and even the future. As a result, few of the people acquire resonance, none of the situations are allowed to develop in a straight line, and, ultimately, the reader doesn't care what happens. There are moments of genuine power: the re-creation of Albert's awkward courting of Nadia has a poignancy underlined by our knowledge of her death; much of the material involving the Narrator is wittily self-deprecating. The verse passages, though, are almost embarrassing and the overall effect is surprisingly numbing. A major disappointment from a major author. (Kirkus Reviews)

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Same Sea book by Amos Oz and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write a book review

Author Biography - Amos Oz

Born in Jerusalem in 1939, Amos Oz is the internationally acclaimed author of many novels and essay collections, translated into over forty languages, including his brilliant semi-autobiographical work, A Tale of Love and Darkness. He has received several international awards, including the Prix Femina, the Israel Prize, the Goethe Prize, the Frankfurt Peace Prize and the 2013 Franz Kafka Prize. He lives in Israel and is considered a towering figure in world literature.

Boomerang Bucks close

For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.

Recent books by Amos Oz close
Judas by Amos Oz
Gender Medicine by Amos Oz
Soumchi by Amos Oz
Elsewhere, Perhaps by Amos Oz
Judas by Amos Oz
Judas by Amos Oz
Between Friends by Amos Oz
Jews and Words by Amos Oz
Scenes from Village Life by Amos Oz
How to Cure a Fanatic by Amos Oz
Silence of Heaven by Amos Oz
My Michael by Amos Oz
How to Cure a Fanatic by Amos Oz
Suddenly In the Depths of the Forest by Amos Oz
Rhyming Life and Death by Amos Oz
Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz
Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz
Unto Death by Amos Oz
Where the Jackals Howl by Amos Oz
Hill of Evil Counsel by Amos Oz
» close