First published in 1966, this is the first novel by one of Israel's most important writers
The Kibbutz of Metsudat Ram lies in the valley of Jordan, close to the border. Old and young, happy and discontented, the settlers go about their lives as the artillery rumbles in the distance and the war planes shriek overhead.
Among them are Reuven, the school teacher whose true calling is poetry, his teenaged daughter, the capricious Noga, and Ezra, the Kibbutz’s truck-driver.
As the seasons pass, so too do storms of love and passion, conflict and misunderstanding, gossip and scandal – all threatening to tear apart a community held together by necessity and idealism.
“An exquisite thinker, Oz is a rare blast of sanity and intelligence ”
“The physical circumstances are established with a painter’s skill… It is a rich book, its fruit pressed down and running over”
“A generous imagination at work. Oz’s language, for all of its sensuous imagery, has a careful and wise simplicity”
New York Times