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Open Heart Hardcover – December 4, 2012
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“A successful husband, father, grandfather, teacher, and writer, [Mr. Wiesel] is an asset to humankind. He has turned despondency into a message of approval and optimism…Mr. Wiesel packages equal parts beauty and astonishing description in an impossibly concise manner. Few authors have possessed such capacity for succinctness and brevity with magnificent dexterity.”
-NY Journal of Books
“An absorbing, clear-eyed reflection on [Wiesel’s] own mortality and a candid account of a life lived…Open Heart is Wiesel at his most vulnerable and his most determined, and his thoughts and ideas have never been so lucidly conveyed.”
“The reader…becomes a quiet observer of Wiesel’s thoughts, which are plagued by the question: ‘Am I ready to die?’ His answer, clearly, is no…What seems like a quick and easy read actually delves deeply into the philosophical and makes you wonder: Will I be ready when it’s my time?”
—The Free Lance-Star
About the Author
Elie Wiesel was fifteen years old when he was deported to Auschwitz. After the war he became a journalist and writer in Paris, and since then has written more than fifty books, both fiction and nonfiction. His masterwork, Night, was a major best seller when it was republished recently in a new English translation. Wiesel has been awarded the United States Congressional Gold Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the French Legion of Honor’s Grand Cross, an honorary knighthood of the British Empire and, in 1986, the Nobel Peace Prize. Since 1976 he has been the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University.
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Now that I've finished reading, I'm once again brought back to that auditorium in Ohio, mystically transformed once again. If you've never heard him speak, check out some YouTube videos. I found the similarities between my life experiences and his amazingly similar and felt as though I learned a life-changing lesson (or two). I suggest listening to his voice because when you read his words, you'll hear him speaking to you in his soft-spoken and comforting voice as I did. Words are special when put together in order to makes us think. I learned today that the words meant even more when spoken by the author, even though they were only heard by me.
Listen to Mr. Wiesel's voice: read Open Heart: find your own inspiration. It is well-worth the time.