A Mad Desire to Dance
A European expatriate living in New York, Doriel suffers from a profound sense of desperation and loss. His mother, a member of the Resistance, survived World War II only to die soon after in Fra ...more
Every human being is unique but his or her stories aren't.
Now, that's something I usually don't do. Even if I don't like a novel, I seem to find the stamina to push through.
I just couldn't go on with this one. There's nothing that appeals to me. At. All.
During my read I hit a wall, three times. I paused my reading, and read another book, just to get going again.
Today I returned to the book for a fourth time. Determined to push it to end.
After some 20 pages, every joy I find ...more
Like any other Wiesel book, this is well worth reading. Don't be put off by the philosophy-student-at-2am first 50pp. Chapter 3, starting on p51, begins a different phase of the book and it's a much less claustrophobic experience after that.
Wiesel is justly famous for the memoir "Night". He's not a novelist, frankly, and a less talented writer would have turned this same story into the literary equivalent of waterboarding. Things like, "At times, in an involuntary and unpredi ...more
The story deals with some very deep and troubling issues. This fact together with a discontinuous time-line and a narrator who is a professed madman made this a difficult story. The story is based around the relationship that develops between the narrator (currently in his 60's)and his therapist. I found the relat ...more
My rating is not based on the literary quality of the book. It's based on how the book made me feel. While parts were thought-provoking, the majority of the book dragged my spirits down so low that just reading it put me in a perpetually bad mood.
The only redeeming parts of the book were from the therapist's point of view, but even then the feeling of helplessness and waste was overwhelming.
It's not an easy read ...more
Elie Wiesel does a great job taking you through the inter-workings of Doriel's (the main character) mind. Readers then have the pleasure of seeing Doriel through the eyes of his psychiatrist, Therese Goldschmidt, as she follows along on this journey in an effort to cure Doriel of his self proclaimed "madness." All the while, I, as the reader, found myself on a journey through my mind and past on ...more
ok...had to put this book down. Way to depressing. I can understand how Doriel's life had led him tot his point, but real life has enough sadness, so I don't need to get this kind of depression from a novel. LOVE Wiesel but not this book.
The story is a typical Elie Wiesel work, coming from his heart so distraught from having endured so much. Throughout the plot, until the end chapters, the main character Doriel Waldman looks back at his life as he relates them to his therapist, Dr. Thérèse Goldschmidt. The ending is happy, p ...more
The main character of this novel, Doriel, is not a Holocaust survivor himself but was a child and lived through being hid and then after having to ...more
This book was not what I expected but it turned out to be interesting with a lot of emotional insane desires written about Doriel Waldman, a holocaust survivor, in a desperate need for dramatizing everything he did and said with emphases of what he called madness within himself. His therapist, Therese Goldschmidt thought he was a complicated person and wanted to help him. The entire book is dedicated to just him and his therapist. Therese husband was ...more
If you are a high level book reader I recommend this book for you. But if you are a reader looking for a good fun read, this book would not be the book for you. This book is not for those who are not serious readers, and who does not read on your free time.
This book is about a man named Doriel who is completely mad. His whole family, parents sister and one brother are all killed during World War. Because of this a dybbuk ends up overruling his body. This is why he goes mad. To try to cure this ...more
I understand that a person who lives and suffers through something like the Holocaust probably never gets over it and spends his entire life trying to work through it. Writing Night was a cathartic experience for Wiesel, but this book is a repeat of all he has written of in the past. And Wiesel comes across angry and bitter in this book ...more
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 ps ...more
Prolínání osudů a neštěstí židů - příbuzných Doriela, ty jeho obludné představy, které ho pronásledují a snaha o terapii ... Četla jsem ji jedním dechem. Úžasná kniha, tak nějak jiná od těch ostatních. Jsem ráda, že ji mám :)
...Jenomže kdo říká, že vina a šílenství jsou, nebo nejsou slučitelné? A kdo si můž ...more
I listened to the audio CD narrated by Mark Bramhall and Kirsten Potter. It was a bit difficult to get into the story at first - the dialogue was very disjointed and the discussion of demons and mythical judaism was hard to follow.
Despite my initial reluctance to continue, I pus ...more
Be confused in the beginning and then find the threads in character and plot that link the jagged pieces.
Persevere. It's worth it for those who want to navigate the complex and mind-numbing thoughts of Doriel Waldman - and his doctor, Therese Goldschmidt. It's both of their stories at many moments in time.
Doriel's attempt over decades to travel, meet people, plumb the depths of Jewish belief and mysticism, ed ...more
It is not an easy read, and often seems disjointed. That is due to the fact that Doriel Waldman, the primary character, is suffering from what he defines as “madness”, and is jumping back and forth, from one scenario to another in almost manic fashion, while relay ...more
"Wiesel's is among the truly great lives of the 20th century, his very presence an inspiration to many and a reminder of the enormous power of the word to combat injustice and evil," notes the San Francisco Chronicle. But in the eyes of this critic and others, Wiesel's latest novel doesn't measure up to his stature. About half praised Wiesel's portrayal of Doriel's deep angst and impressive knowledge of philosophy and ethics, Judaism, and politics; others commended the memorable characters and i...more
The main idea behind his so called "m ...more
The style is sporadic, ala The Sound and the Fury, and there isn't much plot. It is definitely a book you read for character and ideas, not for story, but as long as you start with that expectation, this read is a beautiful experience.
I have just finished readin ...more
Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. The Norwegian Nobel Committee called him a ...more