A Beggar in Jerusalem

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When the Six-Day War began, Elie Wiesel rushed to Israel. " I went to Jerusalem because I had to go somewhere, I had to leave the present and bring it back to the past. You see, the woma who came to Jerusalem then came as a beggar, a madman, not believing his eyes and ars, and above all, his memory. "

This fascinatin novel takes place in the ays following the Six-Day War. A Holocaust survivor visits the newly reunited city of Jerusalem. At the Western Wall he encounters the beggars and madmen who congregate there every vening, and who force him to confront the demons of his past and his ties to the present. Weaving together myth and mystery, parable and paradox, Wiesel bids the reader to join him on a spiritual journey back and forth in time, always returning to Jerusalem.

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Published February 12th 1985 by Schocken Books Inc (first published 1968
Original Title of the Book
Le Mendiant de Jérusalem
Number of Pages
211

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I often felt lost during the first quarter of it as the narrative focus shifted from uninteresting ( to me) character to uninteresting character, and away from Jonathan, who turns out to by the villai.

gave it

I have always found his ooks to be confusing in some regard because it seems as if he writes in the past and present the same time.

This ook is a ixture of the past and present in the ay it ends always leaves me hanging.

I find his writing fascinating but I don ’ t anything I would read two books in a row by him.

But definitely do read his writing is darke, hunting, and ascinating.

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It has its share of tragedy too ( you ca n't get away from that when your history includes the Holocaust) but the focus is on other things ... .on the link between past and present, on memory and remembrances, on the blurred line between dream and spiritual nsight, on how one 's soul clings to other souls even past death, be they family, riends, comrades, or Jerusalem, and how those who mean a lot to us lodge so deeply in our consciousness that they become part of us.

( I 'm so thankful I got the ebook as well.) Because of the frequent jumping back and forth between past and present, this books is better read as text, but more importantly, the narrativ is all wrong.

The hole time I was reading this, I kept wishing they 'd got Ralph Cosham to narrate.

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But once the internal logic of the essa is absorbed, it comes clear as both a litera and literal story of the conflic of the ews in Israel at the end of their nation.

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I 've never read anything by Wiesel other than Night, but I really enjoy his writing.

This book reminds me of Paulo Coelho but with depth.

This ook made me a fan of Wiesel, not just a fan of Night.

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So, given that I have always been impressed by this author I had to read this memoir.

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