A young boy coming of age in British-occupied Jerusalem trades away one possession after another, only to find something much more wonderful – his first love
When Soumchi, an eleven-year-old boy growing up just after World War II, receives a bicycle as a gift from his Uncle Zemach, he is overjoyed – even if it is a girl's bicycle.
Ignoring the taunts of other boys in his neighbourhood, he dreams of riding far away from them, out of the city and across the desert, toward the heart of Africa. But first he wants to show his new prize to his friend Aldo…
‘A lavishly gifted writer’ New York Times
"A lavishly gifted writer"
"There is no novelist writing today who catches the feeling of the moment more surely than Amos Oz"
"Here is a writer unafraid of displaying the full spectrum of emotions, and a writer – be it noted – who actually seems to have some faith left in the future"
Amos Oz was one of Israel’s greatest authors – a novelist, essayist, political activist, intellectual and soldier. From Judas, picked by Natalie Portman for her inaugural book circle which she started in the wake of his recent death, to My Michael, his breakthrough novel, we’ve picked five of Oz's books to introduce you to this great writer.