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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; Reprint edition (19 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780691148632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691148632
  • ASIN: 0691148635
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 10.2 x 14.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,637,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The burning issues of the Arab-Israeli dispute are grist for Israeli novelist Amos Oz's slim volume, "How to Cure a Fanatic", which is never less than thought-provoking. -- Canadian Jewish News


The burning issues of the Arab-Israeli dispute are grist for Israeli novelist Amos Oz's slim volume, "How to Cure a Fanatic", which is never less than thought-provoking. -- "Canadian Jewish News

This little volume (4" x 6") . . . is lucid, rational, and constructive. . . . This small book embodies so much realism and optimism.--Elizabeth R. Hayford "Library Journal "

Amos Oz sets out to wrest the conflict from its ideological and religious participants, from those on both sides whose symbiotic desire to elevate or sanctify the conflict renders it ever more immune to reasonable resolution. This is pursued in two short, gently-crafted essays.--Ben Harris "Jewish Journal "

This pocket-size book is an important read. Whether you want to agree with him or rail against him, you can't ignore Oz.--Suzi Brozman "Atlanta Jewish Times "


This little volume (4" x 6") . . . is lucid, rational, and constructive. . . . This small book embodies so much realism and optimism.
--Elizabeth R. Hayford "Library Journal "


Amos Oz sets out to wrest the conflict from its ideological and religious participants, from those on both sides whose symbiotic desire to elevate or sanctify the conflict renders it ever more immune to reasonable resolution. This is pursued in two short, gently-crafted essays.
--Ben Harris "Jewish Journal "


This pocket-size book is an important read. Whether you want to agree with him or rail against him, you can't ignore Oz.
--Suzi Brozman "Atlanta Jewish Times "

"This little volume (4" x 6") . . . is lucid, rational, and constructive. . . . This small book embodies so much realism and optimism."--Elizabeth R. Hayford, "Library Journal"

"The burning issues of the Arab-Israeli dispute are grist for Israeli novelist Amos Oz's slim volume, "How to Cure a Fanatic," which is never less than thought-provoking."--"Canadian Jewish News"

"Amos Oz sets out to wrest the conflict from its ideological and religious participants, from those on both sides whose symbiotic desire to elevate or sanctify the conflict renders it ever more immune to reasonable resolution. This is pursued in two short, gently-crafted essays."--Ben Harris, "Jewish Journal"

"This pocket-size book is an important read. Whether you want to agree with him or rail against him, you can't ignore Oz."--Suzi Brozman, "Atlanta Jewish Times"

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A landmark work from a celebrated author on how to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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"How to Cure a Fanatic" by Amos Oz consists of a pair of lectures and can be read in approximately two hours. Yet it is extremely informative and thought provoking. it should be read by anyone and everybody who wants to understand the conflict between Palestinians and Jewish Israelis and certainly by everyone who thinks she or he understands the conflict. Oz shows how the conflict is exceedingly complex in terms of two narratives that contradict each other like an immovable stone and an irresistible force. At the same time he shows that the conflict is heart-rendingly simple: there is no right and wrong, only right and right - and wrong and wrong. For this reason, anyone who takes one side, (whichever side) becomes part of the problem. The solution can only arise out of both sides listening to each other and learning each other's narrative as well as their own. I cannot recommend this little book too highly.
Ruth Barnett, June 2011
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Amos Oz's two short essays are full of valuabe insights into the mindset of a fanatic in general, as well as into just and effective ways to deal with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Coming from an insider in every sense of the word, it is very refreshing to read his opinion that the conflict "is not a religious war, although the fanatics on both sides are trying very hard to turn it into one" but simply a "real-estate dispute". Oz is able to put things into perspective without resorting to hiding behind obscure depictions of the conflict as predominantly a clash of religions/civilizations, or worse, of vile anti-semitism. His message is all the more valuable because he is an insider.

His ideas about the necessity of injecting imagination, as well as a sense of humor, in the mind of a fanatic, provide an interesting, and possibly effective way of loosening up the rigid mould of a fanatic mind. His "Order of the teaspoon" is a fascinating concept (I'm in), but I won't elaborate on it so you'd find out for yourselves!

If only politicians would consult with novelists like Oz, our world would be a much, much better place!
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This booklet ( a mere 6"x4" - don't expect more for your money !) contains two brilliant lectures given by Amos Oz. They happen to have been delivered in the two years following 9/11 and are effectively a plea for peace and common sense, explaining that the Israeli-Palestinian issue is really a quarrel over real estate. He further suggests that there is no other solution than a compromise that will be painful for both parties to recognise. So ultimately he hopes for a two state solution with pragmatically lots of bi-lateral agreements and co-operation.

The title is a slight misnomer, and potentially a disappointment. The first lecture has been titled "Between Right and Right" which implies that both sides have legitimate claims. The second, which lends its title to the book itself, pleads for a sense of humour to prevail so that little by little broadmindedness and tolerance are encouraged. Fanatics would then evolve over a period of time and actually learn to tolerate multiculturalism and diversity. As things stand, Oz points out in the context of fanaticism that "Ben Laden loves us" and wants to save us from ourselves. He is as sincere as he is sarcastic for it is a love of course we can do without.

The booklet ends with a short interview with Oz in 2012 in which he is asked a number of searching questions. Have his views changed in the light of recent events ? What would you imagine ? Common sense remains common sense.
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Format: Hardcover
I read this book to flesh out the mainly historical context from which I try to make sense of the Israeli Palestinian conflict. I was not disappointed to start with. Oz's pragmatic approach was refreshing and thought provoking i.e. 'Make peace not love.'

Unfortunately I thought the latter half of the essay drifted away from the insightfullness of the start, although Oz's observations of the fanatic are interesting.

The final interview seemed a bit of a filler, covering some points already addressed.

It's a short read but contains some really interesting ideas, providing this topic has already gripped you.
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By Curtez on 27 Sept. 2010
Format: Hardcover
A good bok to read and learn and the more the reader remembers from it the better. If only the world would consist of people with such insight and tolerance.
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A tiny book, but its impact is much larger, a cogently argued case for a possible solution to the Israel-Palestine problem. Amos Oz, a persuasive writer, may be a touch idealistic in his ideas, but sound commonsense rings through. If only the politicians, of both sides, would be so clear-headed. Dream on ...
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A tiny book, but packed with good sense and an insight that can only come from personal experience.
If Amos Oz's humanity, even-handedness and intelligence were common currency in the Middle East, the region and the world would be a safer place.

This small work is a brilliant analysis of a seemingly intractable situation. Sadly however, his solutions require forbearance, sensitivity and humanity on the part of the Jews, Arabs and all the vested interests that encourage their mutual cruelty, so perhaps he is whispering in the wilderness. But the book is well worth reading for a moment of clarity and hope.
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