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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Short but very insightful March 26 2008
By Alma Lavandeery - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Amos Oz's two short essays are full of valuabe insights into the mindset of a fanatic in general, as well as into just and effective ways to deal with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Coming from an insider in every sense of the word, it is very refreshing to read his opinion that the conflict "is not a religious war, although the fanatics on both sides are trying very hard to turn it into one" but simply a "real-estate dispute". Oz is able to put things into perspective without resorting to hiding behind obscure depictions of the conflict as predominantly a clash of religions/civilizations, or worse, of vile anti-semitism. His message is all the more valuable because he is an insider.

His ideas about the necessity of injecting imagination, as well as a sense of humor, in the mind of a fanatic, provide an interesting, and possibly effective way of loosening up the rigid mould of a fanatic mind. His "Order of the teaspoon" is a fascinating concept (I'm in), but I won't elaborate on it so you'd find out for yourselves!

If only politicians would consult with novelists like Oz, our world would be a much, much better place!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
must read March 23 2008
By Donald L. Fink - Published on
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Whoever has followed the Israeli-Palestinian agonies must read this realistic and informed view of what must be done. His writing , as always, is lucid, expressive, and deep.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A great deal of wisdom in a very small package. March 4 2006
By Philip S. Griffey - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I usually do not find books written by Israelis or Palestinians about past or present events in the land whose very name is a matter of perspective and politics to be very interesting or enlightening. The authors usually either have an agenda or are engaging in pure propaganda. This book (along with David Grossman's "Death as a Way of Life") is a rare exception.

In lucid, eloquent and sensitive language, Oz presents the situation and the necessary cures not for Israelis, not for Palestinians, but for human beings. If you do not like this book, you are probably a fanatic, and not subject to logical persuasion.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Powerful ideas in a very small book. March 14 2013
By Blanziflor - Published on
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Although the author's focus is on Israel and Palestine, the ideas he brings out have much broader application, to our own lives as well as to bigger conflicts. His description of fanatics could be of American parents or husbands or wives or political commentators. Everyone should read this book!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By AG - Published on
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Love the writings of Amos Oz.
This book is probably the one I liked best.
It is a small book, and makes very easy reading.
I believe Mr. Oz is very naive when he thinks they can really have Peace in the Middle East. He is overly optimistic in my opinion.
However I recommend this book.
Hope every Israeli and Arab would read this book!