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Suddenly In the Depths of the Forest by [Oz, Amos]
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`An extraordinary tale'. --The Scotsman

'... a children's fable and an allegory of adults. It may be a fast read, but it has enormous resonances...' -- Independent

"Amos Oz is a beautiful, intelligent writer, throwing up interesting images." --Daily Telegraph

`Amos Oz conjures up a fairy story in which we may well recognise ourselves ...be prepared to be simply enchanted.' --Guardian

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A wonderful, haunting fable with a dark undertow, for adults and children, from the bestselling author of A Tale of Love and Darkness.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 583 KB
  • Print Length: 147 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (18 Feb. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RS2C2
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,392,240 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By KaleHawkwood TOP 100 REVIEWER on 8 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover
A girl, Maya, and a boy, Matti, live in a village by a fast-moving river, where nobody - save one or two outcasts - dares make any mention of the animals which have all, down to the last insect and worm, deserted the area.
So, likeably feisty Maya and more cautious Matti, who know something isn`t quite right in all this, decide to investigate. One day, they climb the mountain to see if they can discover what has happened to all the fabled wildlife that none of the adults are prepared to talk about...
What they find, and what happens next, is indeed a fable, beautifully told by Oz, a favourite adult novelist of mine, and resonant beyond its surface story. There are obvious biblical, prelapsian, references here, as well as incidental echoes of The Secret Garden and even Narnia. Most older readers will pick up on its underlying ecological message too, not to mention its relevance when one considers the author`s provenance as an Israeli writer openly critical of much of his country`s politics.
All the time I was reading, I could imagine an imaginative child over, say, eight or nine, devouring this magical, slightly dark, tale. It is written in a deceptively simple, plain style, but plays on the mind long after reading.
The ending is, I thought, a little hurried, and the last line both an anti-climax, though not a letdown, while also the most honest way of leaving things. But I did want to know what happened to two of the other characters, the vagabond boy and the solitary fisherman, who are introduced early on, in deft character sketches, referred to often, only to be virtually ignored in the final chapters.
The whole book is written in bite-size chapters, language used sparely, telling the story with as few extraneous details as possible - like a fable, in fact, or a folk-tale.
This is a book to read when young, to return to, or to read to your older children.
Despite quibbles, this is moving, resonant, memorable.
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