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The Fifth Son: A novel Paperback – April 7, 1998
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“Powerful [and] emotional.”
“A voice that is humanist and universal even as it is Jewish-minded and special . . . The author makes all of us ‘children’ of that generation.”
—The New York Times
Original Language: French
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As usual with Wiesel's novels, the reader is transported from the present to the past numerous times. We meet Rueven Tamiroff, a librarian in New York, a Jew who survived the Holocaust, and a father who cannot communicate with his unnamed son. His son desperately searches for the keys to his father's behavior, searching out stories of his past through every possible means. When he finally uncovers the truth about his father's past that is destroying his present reality, the son becomes obsessed with setting the record straight. The son's travels take him back to Germany and into the darkest recesses of encroaching madness. Wiesel's characters are vividly written, intelligent and fragile creatures.
Wiesel takes his readers on a philosophical tour of Nazi torture and the revenge that assauged those Jews who survived WWII, as well as the guilt they felt for surviving when so many others did not. He speaks eloquently of the displacement of Jews who moved to America, as well as the anger of the younger German generation who are blamed for the sins of the older generation. The questions he raises are hard to answer; mainly because answers are yet to be found that would satisfy Wiesel.
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Elie Wiesel makes a number of challenging narrative and character turns in his novel, The Fifth Son. Saying too much about this would reveal the plot. Read morePublished on April 3, 2012 by Eric Maroney
Elie Wiesel, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and survivor of the Holocaust, has written another monumental book on the nature of good and evil. Read morePublished on May 23, 2009 by Fairbanks Reader - Bonnie Brody