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The Time of the Uprooted: A Novel

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  138 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Gamaliel Friedman is only a child when his family flees Czechoslovakia in 1939 for the relative safety of Hungary. For him, it will be the beginning of a life of rootlessness, disguise, and longing. Five years later, in desperation, Gamaliel�s parents entrust him to a young Christian cabaret singer named Ilonka. With his Jewish identity hidden, Gamaliel survives the war. ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 6th 2007 by Schocken (first published 2003)
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Steve Kettmann
My review published in the San Francisco Chronicle in 2005:

The Time of the Uprooted

By Elie Wiesel, translated by David Hapgood

KNOPF; 300 PAGES; $25

Elie Wiesel has been a public figure so long that his ideas and warnings have at times taken on a too-familiar air, despite their timeless importance. It has already been 20 years since Wiesel played his most prominent public role, famously imploring President Ronald Re
Cynthia Egbert
WOW! I love Professor Wiesel and his ability to use words so beautifully. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is not only a beautiful story, it is also filled with beautiful words and terrific insight into human nature. Here are a few of the MANY quotes that I found as I read this book...

"I look around for my benefactor. He's vanished. But he was there at the right time, as if he had lived only to appear at my side when I needed an ally. A helping hand from fate? The cynics are wrong;
The first 65 pages of this novel I was wanting to put it down, to put it back on the shelf and admit my mistake. The protagonist is a ghost writer by trade, and the novel contains excerpts from a novel he is writing with the intent of publishing it under his own name. I thought the novel within the novel was terrible, but I am thinking that was how I was supposed to feel about it. I struggled, though, to understand the relevance. It was to be his great accomplishment, the establishment of his ow ...more
Ally Armistead
2.5 stars for Elie Wiesel's "The Time of The Uprooted," but really wanted to love it more.

The novel conceit, itself, is beautiful, as the story follows a Hungarian Jewish man as he attempts to resolve his past as a refugee, a loner, and a survivor of the Jewish Holocaust. Asked to assist in the identification of an old woman who may have been the saintly maternal figure who saved, hid, and disguised him during Nazi-occupied Hungary, the narrator must come face to face with all the women in his
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Starting with Night (1958), Wiesel, who survived the Nazi concentration camps of Auschwitz and Buchenwald, has testified against Holocaust atrocities and revealed the collective Jewish experience in more than 40 works of fiction and nonfiction. Recipient of the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts on behalf of oppressed people, Wiesel has become the spokesman for a lost generation. His newest novel, like his other work, raises moral questions about love, faith, survival, politics, and exile. A

Imagine my surprise (embarrassment, really) at realizing Elie Wiesel, one of my favorite authors, has written like 40 books...not just Night. Where the heck have I BEEN??

The Time of the Uprooted was beautifully written, painful as it is to read. Gamaliel must face his past and all that happened to him as a survivor of the Holocaust. But as he confronts his past (and he even mentions this in his thoughts), is he really a "survivor"? Did all these Holocaust "survivors" really survive family death
There are books that change the way we perceive the world thus altering our entire existence. This is one of them.

I would do anything in the world to teach this book to high school students. Of all the books I have read in the past five years, I claim this to be one of the most important.
I was disappointed that this book was just OK because I so much enjoy his works. It was very philosophical; it made me think that Wiesel is an old man who is still reliving the Holocaust and is expressing his own torment and yearning for meaning as he approaches the end of his own life.
Nov 25, 2007 Gretchen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Uprooted seems to be a continual theme in the books that Mr. Wiesel writes. No one understands or pens better how this changes a person. I was pulled into this story from the start and I left equally as touched as when I read Night years ago. His works and his life are an inspiration.
Beautiful story about the role Love plays in our lives. What is the nature of hate? Is it really the absence of love or is it the result of loving too much.
The feeling of rootlessness is effectively portrayed in this story. Just as I would start to feel my feet beneath me and begin to enjoy the narrative, Wiesel would change direction again. It wasn't enjoyable. But maybe it wasn't supposed to be.
very very engaging. elie wiesel is a fine writer, the way everything connects, how all the stories and the past links together is fascinating.
and i love the part when the ending unfolds, it just made me smile. very well written.
Although really a book about refugees, it was filled with interesting insights into human thought and behavior. In his typical way Wiesel can take a historical tragedy and make it relevant to anyone. I highly recommend it. Very thoughtful.
Apr 15, 2007 TJ rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: classics
Read it b/c I like Elie Weisel. Would probably give it a 1.5 stars if I could. It was interesting, but a little too random for me- moving around in time and memory. It didn't speak to me. But not horrible written or anything.
I LOVED this of my favorites in the last year. There are layer and layers of compelling theological ideas. And I so appreciate Wiesel's struggle with suffering. This book has become a dear companion.
Not my favorite from Wiesel, whose stories usually capture me. I had a hard time getting into it and difficulty remembering to go back to it. Stick with his better known classics.
I can't say I really read this. I got to the point where the children were sent away by their parents to escape the Nazis and just couldn't continue.
I couldn't get into it. The beginning was so disjointed, I couldn't figure out what was going on. Gave up after about half an hour.
I didn't really love this book. I found it kind of choppy and sometimes difficult to follow.
Shon Rand
Powerful themes, but not as good as other works by Wiesel.
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Eliezer Wiesel is a Romania-born American novelist, political activist, and Holocaust survivor of Hungarian Jewish descent. He is the author of over 40 books, the best known of which is Night, a memoir that describes his experiences during the Holocaust and his imprisonment in several concentration camps.

Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. The Norwegian Nobel Committee called him a "
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“There are so many who know more than I do, who understand the world better than I do. I would be truly learned, a great scholar, if only I could retain everything I've learned from those I have known. But then would I still be me? And isn't all that only words? Words grow old, too; they change their meaning and their usage. They get sick just as we do; they die of their wounds and then they are relegated to the dust of dictionaries.

And where am I in all this?”
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