Books: Rachel Revisited


287 pages. Knopf. $6.95.

"One winter's day at nine o'clock in the morning, I slipped coming downstairs. A young stranger caught me by the elbow. His hand was strong and full of restraint. I saw short fingers with flat nails. Pale fingers with soft black down on the knuckles." Thus Hannah, a pretty young student at Jerusalem's Hebrew University, met a geologist-to-be named Michael Gonen. This novel by the popular Israeli writer Amos Oz is Hannah's first-person account of her ten-year marriage to Michael. The sentences fall like the...

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