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A profoundly moving book about his parents,
This review is from: A Tale Of Love And Darkness (Paperback)
I must admit, I didn't think I wanted to read this, and it languished on the shelf for some time (perhaps because of the small print and large number of pages!). But what a saga. This is, at its best, a touching and often moving portrait of the author's mother and father, and sets the founding of Israel clearly in the context of the aftermath of the horrors of WWII. There are other points of view of this history, of course, which also have to be read, but the author's relationship with his tragically disturbed mother and affectionate but eccentric father are among the best of that kind I have read, and the glimpse of post WWII history invaluable. A small chunk at the end about the author's teenage love life should have been cut in the interests of good taste, but it remains nevertheless an extraordinary and moving read. Oh yes, the cover in no way does it justice, this is not an L. P. Hartley, but something much more profound.