Hey guys!I've recently finished reading this book which I received as a prize from one of my ex-teachers.This is the first time I've ever read a book by an Israeli author.
In this “extraordinary
novel from a great and true voice of our time” (Washington Post), a
teenage drug overdose throws a closely knit Negev Desert settlement into
turmoil - and tests the limits of a precarious love affair. A New York
Times Notable Book of the Year. Translated by Nicholas de Lange."
I say:The book centers around the relationship between a 45 year old woman(Noa) and a 60 year old man(Teo) who live together in a small town in Israel in the middle of the desert :Tal Keidar.She is a teacher and one of her students,a shy 17 year old boy,dies of a drug overdose.The boy's father,who lives in Nigeria,comes back to Israel and askes Noa to open up a rehabilitation center in Tal Keidar in memory of his son.From now on the story focuses on the struggles Noa has to go through to open up this center and the impact this has on her relationship with Teo.
What I liked: The way Amos Oz describes Tal Keidar and the people is great.It really transported me to that peaceful place.
What I didn't like:I think such an age difference between Noa and Teo is weird because I've never been a fan of these kind of relationships.All the intimate scenes between those two made me want to turn the page:)
Overall,I'll give this one 8/10.
PS:I read the book in Romanian and it looks something like this: