Memoirs: All Rivers Run to the Sea

by Elie Wiesel

Book, 1995



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New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1995.


The long-anticipated memoirs of the novelist and Nobel Peace Laureate open with a child's entry into hell. We see the boy, Elie Wiesel, torn from a traditional and loving Jewish family life in a Carpathian village and dragged through the horrors of Auschwitz and Buchenwald. We see him emerge a bloodless adolescent, a mute spirit, with no homeland. In his passionate, poignant, and moving account of those years - and the amazing years that followed - a remarkable life unfolds.

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LibraryThing member keylawk
This is the prequel -- "All Rivers run to the sea"-- to the "And the Sea is never filled" volume of his Memoirs. The author is a gifted Teller who experienced first-hand events that should not have been witnessed even from afar. Fortunately, he is able to survive injustice with what remains in the
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complete absence of Shekina, to give us a kavannah: More than mere Memoir, makes another chapter in the rich and storied tradition of the Aggadah.
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LibraryThing member Tpoi
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.
LibraryThing member lmeza
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.
LibraryThing member MikeBiever
For anyone to suffer the scourge of the Nazi Holocaust, survival is an enduring memory of questions and thoughtful reflection. Elie Wiesel did survive the Holocaust and went on to a successful career as a writer and champion of Israel. I think Wiesel's life and writing is summed-up nicely from page
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354 of this book: "What is the difference between Jews and Christians? We all await the Messiah. You believe He has already come and gone, while we do not. I therefore propose that we await Him together. And when He appears, we can ask Him: were You here before?
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0679439161 / 9780679439165

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