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A Mad Desire to Dance by Elie Wiesel
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Jul 28, 2011

I was pleasantly surprised by this book considering the abysmal failure of the book I read before this one. This book, like the one I read before it, looks at the life of the main character. It was originally written in French so the narrative style is a little different than some readers might expect but it does not take long to adjust.

The main character is a child of Jewish rebels fighting the Nazis during World War II. The story itself is narrated though a series of therapy sessions with a psychiatrist. In a several sections of the books, the events are unfolded by reading the notes of the psychiatrist. Seeing the main character's life from two perspectives adds a nice depth to the narrative and really helps complete the story.

The main character believes he keeps seeing Lilith at key points in his life. Lilith is a character in Jewish mythology who is generally thought to be related to a class of female demons. This belief has prevented him, in his 60 or so years, from forming any form of relationship with a woman. This is the general gist of the conversations he has with the psychiatrist. It is how the overall story unfolds that makes this book an enjoyable read.

The book is worth picking up, especially if the reader does not mind jumps in the chronological order. It is also interesting to reread the first thirty pages or so after completing the book because the author is actually foreshadowing the events for the rest of the book.

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