I went to my book club meeting Tuesday night. The book was A Perfect Peace by Amos Oz. It is the story of a group of people living in a kibbutz in the mid 60s. In particular it is about Yonaton who was born and raised on the kibbutz but has decided to leave his wife and the kibbutz, run away and start a new life.
Oz is an exceptional writer. The way he develops his characters and their complex relationships made me feel like I knew these people. It made me care about them. He also makes the environment, the weather and the kibbutz very real. His cast of characters is quirky but you can tell that he has a soft spot in his heart for them. While reading this book it hit me that a lot of writers must not like their characters very much.
Oz has to be one of the best writers alive today and the book is top notch. Despite that, it is not a book that I would necessarily recommend. I set myself a goal to read 50 pages a day during my vacation and I never felt the urge to go beyond my assignment for the day. In spite of the fact that it didn’t grab me it is an excellent book and I am glad I read it.