Open Heart

Open Heart Translated by Marion WieselA profoundly and unexpectedly intimate deeply affecting summing up of his life so far from one of the most cherished moral voices of our time Eighty two years old facing

Translated by Marion WieselA profoundly and unexpectedly intimate, deeply affecting summing up of his life so far, from one of the most cherished moral voices of our time.Eighty two years old, facing emergency heart surgery and his own mortality, Elie Wiesel reflects back on his life Emotions, images, faces and questions flash through his mind His family before and durinTranslated by Marion WieselA profoundly and unexpectedly intimate, deeply affecting summing up of his life so far, from one of the most cherished moral voices of our time.Eighty two years old, facing emergency heart surgery and his own mortality, Elie Wiesel reflects back on his life Emotions, images, faces and questions flash through his mind His family before and during the unspeakable Event The gifts of marriage and children and grandchildren that followed In his writing, in his teaching, in his public life, has he done enough for memory and the survivors His ongoing questioning of God where has it led Is there hope for mankind The world s tireless ambassador of tolerance and justice has given us this luminous account of hope and despair, an exploration of the love, regrets and abiding faith of a remarkable man.

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  1. Eliezer Wiesel was a Romania born American novelist, political activist, and Holocaust survivor of Hungarian Jewish descent He was 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 messenger to mankind, noting that through his struggle to come to terms with his own personal experience of total humiliation and of the utter contempt for humanity shown in Hitler s death camps, as well as his practical work in the cause of peace, Wiesel has delivered a powerful message of peace, atonement and human dignity to humanity.On November 30, 2006 Wiesel received an honorary knighthood in London, England in recognition of his work toward raising Holocaust education in the United Kingdomcmillan author eliewi

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  1. With all that Elie Wiesel has lived through,and with all the horrors of life that he has experienced firsthand, one might assume as I erroneously did that he would be all right at peace, even with the possibility of dying.You would be wrong Long ago, over there, death lay in wait for us at every moment, but it is now, eternities later, that it shall have its way I feel it pg 17 Hadn t I lived with death, even in death Why should I be afraid now Yet, this is not how I imagined my end And in no wa [...]

  2. a one sit read very touching, very inspiring, very sad yet offers hope knowing all that he s been through he s still able to find the light at the end of the tunnel he does an amazing job of reminding readers of what is really important in life as well as on the operating table i love this man and his values, his ethics, his genuine compassion for the entire universe it was a nice read to remind me of the power of gratitude and how i intend to bring in my new year.

  3. I know I speak from experience that even in the darkness it is possible to create light and encourage compassion That it is possible to feel free inside a prison That even in exile, friendship exists and can become an anchor That there is one instant before dying, man is still immortal Elie Wiesel There it is I still believe in man in spite of man I believe in language even though it has been wounded, deformed and perverted by the enemies of mankind And I continue to cling to words because it is [...]

  4. With my wife having gone through open heart surgery not long after the birth of our first daughter, I originally bought this for her to read However, being a great admirer of Wiesel and the work he has done in his life, i read it immediately after she was finished with it I ve read several reviews from others who focus only on the fact that Wiesel, even in this book, continues to carry a grief that he does not want to let go of Anyone who has not experienced even an iota of what he and millions [...]

  5. My daughter recently saw Elie Wiesel at the Civic Opera house in Chicago and said she cried through the whole thing That he was just so honest, caring and sweet This book definitely reflects all of that, his honesty shows through, his love for his son and wife, his faith and the coming to terms with his past Facing death impels one to re examine everything in their lives He remembers his past, his father, all the trials he and his wife had faced together and knows their are still things he wants [...]

  6. Short read Five starts I admit I am very prejudiced when it comes to Wiesel as he is a monumental influence in my life There is just one section I will discuss so as not ruin the memoir for you This is one of the few times I have wanted to write an author, and the only time I want to write to reassure the author Wiesel questions whether he should have been so brutally honest in the book, Night He admits to struggling with this question for years That book, although at first devastating to me, at [...]

  7. Elie Wiesel s Night has been on my list of books to read for years and as yet I haven t got to it I picked this up at a moment when I wanted a quick read Although a very brief read it is quite a deep and thoughtfully written piece At 82 Elie was faced with life threatening surgery which found him reminiscing about his past, those lost in the Holocaust, things he d done and hadn t done and questioning his life It is so well written and emotional that now I want to rush out and add of his books t [...]

  8. Since God is, He is to be found in the questions as well as in the answers The last time I read a book by Elie Wiesel, I was a high school freshman living in an incredibly diverse though predominantly Jewish community The collective stories and hardships of the Jewish people were deeply ingrained in my psyche, and I only wish I had been a little older to truly grapple with what he was conveying The intersection of terrible anguish and gut wrenching beauty converges in Wiesel s Open Heart It s a [...]

  9. I read this in one sitting in Barnes Noble, much to the chagrin of my friend who wanted to leave and go to Starbucks It s a wonderful little piece about life and what we are giving it One little sentence even brought a tear to my eye in the mid public of places As always Weisel s voice feels warm, honest, and poetic Maybe you ve just read Night and aren t ready to tackle a big piece you feel might not be as good or moving, if so, pick up this small tome and devour it in one or two sittings It ll [...]

  10. De ondertitel van het boek luidt Overpeinzingen van een overlever Dat heeft in het geval van Elie Wiesel natuurlijk een dubbele betekenis hij overleefde niet alleen zijn vijfvoudige bypassoperatie, maar ook de grootste verschrikking van de 20e eeuw de holocaust, waarin hij zoveel van zijn vrienden en familieleden heeft verloren Dit is een thema dat in vrijwel al zijn boeken direct of indirect terugkomt Zo ook in Open hart De woorden zijn simpel De gevoelens oprecht en de gedachten herkenbaar Als [...]

  11. Open Heart is the final book by Elie Wiesel It is fitting that this be his las book as it sums up his life and yet calls out for you to read his other books June 16, 2011, Elie Wiesel finds out his heart is failing him According to his story, he doesn t give up but continues to fight the inevitable While he is fighting for his life, he is also fighting to understand why In all of his books, Elie seems to be wondering why things happen the way that they do He just continues to worry why amid the [...]

  12. In June of 2011, author, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize honoree Elie Wiesel learned that he was in imminent danger of a heart attack and that he would need emergency open heart surgery Open Heart is his account of the experience.In this short but beautiful book, Wiesel recounts not only the surgery itself and its aftermath, but the memories, questions and doubts that assail him as he faces his own mortality He thinks of his family, both those he has lost and those who surround him and suppor [...]

  13. Is evil just another path leading to good In truth, for the Jew that I am, Auschwitz is not only a human tragedy, but also, and most of all, a theological scandal For me, it is as impossible to accept Auschwitz with God as without God But then how is one to understand His silence As I try to explain God s presence in evil, I suffer and search for reasons that would allow me to denounce Him.Since God is, He is to be found in the questions as well as the answers.I now know that every moment is a n [...]

  14. I was interested in this book as the author describes his experiences, both physical and spiritual, before, during, and after, open heart surgery My late father had this surgery, and afterward, was never quite himself again It is with bitterness, 13 yrs after his death, I recall the dramatic changes that open heart surgery wrought upon this once vital, strong man Anyone considering this procedure would benefit from this quick read, by Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel Anyone, who wants to know how [...]

  15. I thought that Mark Bramhall could read his grocery list and make it interesting I still do Bramhall reads the audiobook version of Elie Wiesel s essay on introspection following open heart surgery As a Christian, I lack enough knowledge to grasp the full impact of many of the Jewish customs that are part of this essay, but with Bramhall s rich voice the listener is carried through and feels all the emotions that Wiesel recalls and explores In the end, any listener is thankful that this wonderfu [...]

  16. I read Night when I was about the age that Elie Wiesel was when he was taken to Auschwitz It has impacted me my entire life and always will It raised philosophical and spiritual questions that I have yet to answer, except that in reading Open Heart, there is certainly peace to be found I confess to having rebelled against the Lord, but I have never repudiated Him What an extraordinary human being.

  17. While this book was written in 2011 as a contemplation of his life and death he was hospitalized for open heart surgery , it is with great sadness and awe that I finished reading it today, on the same day as Wiesel s death This is a very short read but I found it disorganized and of a personal journaling than a memoir or autobiography I have enjoyed and appreciated his work so much in other pieces I ve read.

  18. Best lesson We must choose between the violence of adults and the smile of children, between the ugliness of hate and the will to opposite it Between inflicting suffering and humiliation on our below man and offering him the solidarity and hope he deserves Or not I know I speak from experience that eventos un darkness it is posible to create light

  19. Elie Wiesel is about the only writer that whenever I read him I wonder why I bother writing If life is not a celebration, why remember it If life mine or that of my fellow man is not an offering to the other, what are we doing on this earth

  20. A slim book that can be read in one sitting It is interesting to hear his feelings on mortality with his history A surprise open heart surgery prompts this writing.

  21. Fast read I wanted , but I love this man I would recommend reading Night before reading this book so you have background on what he has endured in his life.

  22. Wiesel and his foundation was robbed blind by Bernie Madoff heartbreaking This book was a quick fundraiser, a best seller in France If you liked Night, and want to find out about Wiesel s personal life, but without working your way through two juicy, but boring, 400 page memoirs, this short piece is the book for you While Wiesel was dealing with the befores and afters of open heart surgery, he meditates on his life, his family, and his writing There are helpful summaries of his novels, at least [...]

  23. Such a comfort to read our humanity hangs with us to the very end Hadn t I lived with death, even in death Why should I be afraid now Yet, this is not how I imagined my end And in no way did I feel ready So many things still to be achieved So many projects to be completed So many challenges yet to face So many prayers yet to compose, so many words yet to discover, so many courses yet to give, so many lessons yet to receive pg 22 23 At the time of the writing of this book, Elie Wiesel is 82 years [...]

  24. A wonderful though very tiny little book by Elie, essentially the ruminations of a person at the end of his life possibly on death s bed I ve always admired and loved the works of Elie Wiesel and the man himself , and this is definitely no exception A quiet, understated book about his reflections on his life, on his heart and his looming heart surgery, open heart bypass, and then the after effects of it , his works, the event the Holocaust , survivors, and the Jewish tradition It s both enlighte [...]

  25. I read this book because I was teaching Wiesel s infamous book, Night, to my students I thought weaving in a few excerpts from this short book would be a nice supplement to the book Although I only read from it once, this tiny memoir gives a striking paradox to Wiesel s life as he prepares for open heart surgery Wiesel is forced to come to grips with his fear of death once again, but this time, it may under the surgery room lights instead of the peril of a Nazi concentration camp True to Wiesel [...]

  26. This book is a must read for anyone and everyone Eli Wiesel was one of the kindest, strongest, and most grateful human beings Though he has written much about his experiences, I cannot imagine there ever being words to describe the horrors he faced If you haven t read about his most famous work, Night, you must In Open Heart, in just 80 short pages, Wiesel humbled me yet again His kindness, faith, perceptions, and understanding are all worth admiring and striving toward This book is so intimate [...]

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