This is a translation of the autobiography first published in Hebrew in 2003. The eminent Israeli writer Amos Oz describes his lifehis youth in war-torn Jerusalem during the 1940s and 50s, his mother's suicide when he was an adolescent, his decision to join a kibbutz, and his family relationships over the years. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
It is impossible to give a full account of this book's riches. Oz has allowed his autobiography to flow along a rocky course, with numerous starts and various endings. Wisely, he does not impose the restrictive method ordered by another of Wonderland's creatures: "Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end, then stop." Oz knows that every autobiography is circular and that, even though the writer begins telling his story at the moment when the book must end, the points of entry are legion.