The Time of the Uprooted: A Novel
I thought the novel was well written but filled with unjust hope and despair. I have read some of Elie Wiesel 19s non-fiction and got through the rough parts but this story hit a lot of triggers for me at this time. The story kept me in deep thought while reading about the main character, Gamaliel 19s low life thoughts and perils that he brought on to himself. Yes, I feel he was a Hungarian refugee, he had no home, no nation, and he never did achie ...more
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 ...more
"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; ...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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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.
and i love the part when the ending unfolds, it just made me smile. very well written.
Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. The Norwegian Nobel Committee called him a " ...more
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