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All Rivers Run to the Sea (The Memoirs #1)

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In this first volume ofhis two-volume autobiography, Wiesel takes us from his childhood memories of a traditional and loving Jewish family in theRomanian village of Sighet through the horrors of Auschwitz and Buchenwald and the years of spiritual struggle, to his emergence asa witness for the Holocaust's martyrs and survivors andfor the State of Israel, and as a spokesman ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published October 22nd 1996 by Schocken (first published January 1st 1994)
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I was fortunate enough to study under Professor Wiesel at Boston University. This memoir includes many of the great stories he told of his childhood and early adulthood as he was starting to become the man who one day won the Nobel Peace Prize. A great teacher and a better man.
He has had a fascinating life...but how he goes on and on and on! It is sometimes difficult to follow him, because he is so wordy. His stories don't necessarily go in chronological order, either, so it is difficult to get a good idea of where in his life certain events fall.

However, this is the first time I have read an author who has written in such detail about his view of the Holocaust, particularly his questions about the rest of the world's silence for so long. I can relate to his anger tow
Michelle Hopkins
I disliked this book. There was too much self-absorbed, stream of consciousness, diary-quality prose...detailing apparently everything he ever read, everyone he ever spoke to, every trip he ever took, thought he thought and word he spoke. His telling shifts back and forth in time making it impossible to track events chronologically (or even his age at the time of events).

To me, this book lacked literary quality, although my opinion may be colored somewhat by the fact I read this after I read "M
He is the most inspirational, wise, compassionate man alive today. I can't count the number of times over the years that I've been down, depressed, or lost faith, and his voice resonates in my head. He didn't lose faith after having experienced the worst life has to offer. His words and ideas are pure and he conveys with a directness that transcends what isn't spoken. The book and his genius cannot be conveyed in modern day bumper sticker soundbites. They are words that web themselves into the f ...more
Connor Day
The book All Rivers Run to the Sea is Elie Wiesel’s memoir of his life before and after the Holocaust as well as his rise as a self-sufficient and independent character who had to look after himself. The book begins with a quick look into his childhood in Sighet and ends with his marriage to his wife Marion in Jerusalem. In regards to the book, Elie Wiesel only focusses lightly on his experiences during childhood and in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Though the book does focus on his life after his experie ...more
Wow. Incredible autobiography from his childhood through the 1960s of famous Holocaust survivor and author Elie Wiesel. It was a bit confusing here and there due to his inclusions of Jewish words, phrasing, and traditions- I found myself googling all sorts of experiences familiar with the Jewish tradition. I appreciate his candor regarding his love life, survivor experiences, journalist experiences, and authorship. I would recommend for folks to read 'Night' first, then read this.
La storia e le storie

Quando un ebreo non ha una risposta da dare, ha sempre almeno una storia da raccontare.
Judith Shadford
Adding my few sentences about this master of literature, diplomat, friend to some mighty people about his creation of an account of his life from early childhood until his marriage in 1969. His ability to "drop" names with simple accuracy and sincerity is astonishing. Golda Meier was his friend and I saw her, not as "Ooo, I met Golda", but as Elie Wiesel's friend. His ability to re-create the fear and desolation of surviving the camps, recovering enough of himself to live and prosper is a marvel ...more
I read this after reading his book "Night". The first half of the book is gripping, as he describes his boyhood, gives an in-depth look at his Jewish faith/community and a good feeling for the socio-political climate at the time. The read becomes somewhat laborious in the second half of the book, which describes his release from the camp and his struggle to find work, love and his own identity after being displaced. His insights are incredible; however, his writing about day-to-day life can be c ...more
This is the first volume (of two) of Elie Wiesel's memoirs (author of Night and roughly 39 other books). Wiesel's time at Auschwitz is covered in the first 100 pages. What follows is a beautifully written account of his life following - how he became a journalist, his encounters with world leaders, his various romances- and his never-ending struggle to be a voice for those who died in the Holocaust, as well as to help find the voices of his fellow survivors. The book is filled with philosophical ...more
Richard Noble
Excellent book. Especialy interesting discussion of Yiddish and how its usage declined after WWII.
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This should have been a better book. What a life! So much to tell, so much races by. He mentioned how his first and most famous novel, Night, was pared down by the editor and publisher; this has the same feel. I wanted more. And too much of the book is a "and then I met Joseph, one of the most honorable and intelligent men I've ever met," and goes on for a paragraph or less, and then on to other meetings, esp. the last third of the book when he's become famous and meeting other famous people. Ma ...more
Elie Wiesel has compiled many of his memoirs to make a very interesting book. I read this book right after I read the Ruth Gruber book and was amazed at how they coordinated. Although they looked at various events from a different angle, their perceptions were so much the same. Wiesel tends to repeat himself quite often which I found distracting. Again, anyone interested in Europe during the middle 20th century will enjoy this book.
Wiesel has lead an amazing life, so maybe I expected more from his memoir. His writing style is good, and memories ramble and skip about as each one leads down a different rabbit trail; however, that is how memory works, so I find that an effective writing style. At various points, the book reads more like a laundry list, and Wiesel doesn't fully develop stories, so it is hard to become truly engaged with him as a reader.
Living through the Holocaust, but losing his father, mother and little sister, Elie Wiesel shares his thoughts and memories in his autobiography. However, he doesn't pull us down with the gruesome details, but instead ponders and questions how and why such a horrible thing could happen. We are left to wonder and able to celebrate this phenomenal man and the remarkable story of his life.
After reading this book, I want to read his other books. I've read "Night" which was very good. This book is amazing. What an interesting life full of trials and opportunities. Truly a great person who took what God gave him (the good and the bad) and lived his life.
This will be my back-to-school read!

After 3 months, I have finally finished reading this book - it is a pretty intense read, a definitely must-have, a tear-jerker had I not read it at public places.
Amazing. This will forever make you sympathetic of the human tragedy of the Holocaust, and admire the spirit & yet forgiving nature of the brave Jewish people, like Elie Wiesel, who lived thru it.
an autobiography of Elie. Very interesting reading and how all his viewpoints have to do with his losing some of his family in the Holocaust and of his being a prisoner in Auschwitz and Buchenwald
I love Wiesel's work. All Rivers Run to the Sea fills in a lot of personal information on his life and especially his mental world, of modern thought, mere survival, Zionism and Hasidim.
I read this book on my lunch breaks when I worked in the "returns" section at Random House. This, of course, left me daily wishing I could not return to work till I finished it...
Bethany Dirksen
This man loves to write long drawn out stories! I liked the first half of the book and then got kinda bored. The man is amazing, don't get me wrong, is is just long winded.
audio book read by wiesel. good but not great. asked the question why didn't allied forces bomb train tracks that led to concentration camps? no govt able to give him response
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69 pages in and I'm giving up. I wish I could have gotten into this book, but the rambling, disjointed, non-linear storytelling does not appeal or hold my interest.
impressive memoir, very easy to read, accessible text. Read for essay on silence and memory in Wiesel en Semprun.
Marie Therese
Elie Wiesel and his struggle with God is a profound journey that has influenced me. I love this book.
Wonderful book, there is so much to learn about Elie Wiesel and this gives you just a taste.
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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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