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Coetzee, Garrison Keillor meet Dr. Freud , and the darker side of I. Agnon as a young man our author met with Agnon. Also, Maupassant offers a similar story, "Un humble drame," in which a pretty stranger, glimpsed during an overnight coach journey, excites the author's creative urges and allows for a dramatization of the creative process. Oz offers here another contemporary depiction of the creative, erotic process with a naturalistic seduction scene a la Musil , smoothly and vividly narrated that's Oz's smarm,and Coetzee's , all abetted by a superb translation.
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I think this is probably a very clever book, but I found it just a little disturbing - although I imagine there are a lot of people like the central character. An aging Israeli author is making the rounds of local book groups. The brief book, pages, is translated from the Hebrew. We are treated to his mental peregrinations as the author sits there listening to his introduction, a reading of his work and a critic's response before he makes his remarks.
Mostly he does what authors do: He also tries to pick up the waitress in the coffee shop no success and, after the event, the woman who reads his work. He gives us both scenarios. This is fiction, after all, and the author is asking us "why should you believe everything I write? But the greatest part of his literary career has been given to fiction, stories and above all novels.
Here he writes a long story, or perhaps novella about what it is to be a well- known author, and how the imagination of such an author works.
The author at the center of this work who attends a reading and discussion of his latest book engages in a game of imagining the lives of all the people he glances. One of these is the reader of the poems a woman who reads with special intensity and emotion who he then walks home. He has to decide whether or not he will have a small romantic adventure with her.
He leaves her and then returns. And the description of their encounter is in a sense the emotional heart of the story. There is a detailed analysis of his feelings during the encounter.
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The element of psychologizing is strong here and throughout this imaginative enterprise. One problem however for me was that characters imagined which we are told are imagined do not have the compelling power of characters we believe real. The work in spite of its fine and precise language and power of perception thus reads as a kind of exercise. It does not compel. And the writer who plays these games seems far less sympathetic than say the child depicted in a 'Tale of Love and Darkness.
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This slim, inventive novel covers an 8-hour period in which a well-known author referred to, simply, as the Author participates in a reading from his recently published book. All the while, the Author concocts fictional personalities and stories about the real people he encounters during the course of the evening. Through it all, the Author questions why he writes and discovers his art has become his only connection to the world: He is covered in shame and confusion because he observes them all from a distance, from the wings, as if they all exist only for him to make use of in his books.
And with the shame comes a profound sadness that he is always an outsider, unable to touch or to be touched Oz's deconstruction of the creative process is unsettling because it reveals just how quickly we, the readers, will adopt a story line as a kind of "reality," at least with respect to the protagonist. While this book's cerebral pleasures are many, its emotional resonance falls flat. See all 12 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published on November 19, Published on November 25, Published on August 24, Published on July 1, Published on June 27, Published on May 1, Published on April 10, Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.
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An Israeli writer known only as the Author attends a cultural evening at which his work is analysed, read aloud and discussed. He imagines lives for some of the people in the audience, and those who share the podium with him, giving them names and histories. Scenes between the Author and these figments are played out with variations, are reworked or erased, rather as happened with the Gielgud character in Alain Resnais's film Providence.
The destabilisation is more drastic than Escher's and suddenly there is need for a technical term: The reason for the difference must be the element of time and the fact that readers don't just contemplate that illusory third dimension but inhabit it continuously. The book is on the beguiling end of the scale for such experiments whose single most enjoyable example must be David Hughes's The Little Book , but readers are likely to experience something more like an eviction than a piece of playfulness. Rhyming Life and Death is partly a sketch of a particular psychology, though that is something that could have been managed in any number of other ways.
The Author is almost oppressed by his inventions, but can't help appropriating details from everyone he meets, a sort of metaphysical kleptomania.
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He has developed a dread of physical contact with strangers and imagination is his only remaining access to intimacy: Any book with an unnamed writer at its centre must expect to be seen as autobiographical. At first, this seems not to be the case with Rhyming Life and Death, since the Author is a few decades younger than the author, except that the book has a period s setting.
The Author's career is distinctly unspecific, except for one odd detail. He has a day job, as an accountant though there's no detail given about that life either.