The Gates of the Forest

The Gates of the Forest

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by Elie Wiesel
     
 

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Gregor—a teenaged boy, the lone survivor of his family—is hiding from the Germans in the forest. He hides in a cave, where he meets a mysterious stranger who saves his life. He hides in the village, posing as a deaf-mute peasant boy. He hides among the partisans of the Jewish resistance. But where, he asks, is God hiding? And where can one find…  See more details below

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Gregor—a teenaged boy, the lone survivor of his family—is hiding from the Germans in the forest. He hides in a cave, where he meets a mysterious stranger who saves his life. He hides in the village, posing as a deaf-mute peasant boy. He hides among the partisans of the Jewish resistance. But where, he asks, is God hiding? And where can one find redemption in a world that God has abandoned? In a story punctuated by friendship and fear, sacrifice and betrayal, Gregor's wartime wanderings take us deep into the ghost-filled inner world of the survivor.

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"A remarkably affecting story."
The New Yorker

"Like a Hasidic tale, The Gates of the Forest becomes one of those stories which man was created to relate . . . Its author is a greatly gifted artist."
—Hugh Nissenson

"Profoundly moving . . . In this book, all men are witnesses, all men are Jews. It is the condition of our lives, and the song and dagger of Elie Wiesel's art."
The New York Times

"The novels of Elie Wiesel are a singularly impressive instance of how the creative imagination can surprise our expectations of what its limits should be."
—Robert Alter

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805210446
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/1995
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
350,023
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.53(d)

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Robert Alter
The novels of Elie Wiesel are a singularly impressive instance of how the creative imagination can surprise our expectations of what its limits should be.
Hugh Nissenson
Delightful Hasidic tale, The Gates of the Forest becomes one of those stories which man was fated to read.

Meet the Author

Elie Wiesel is the author of more than thirty internationally acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction. He is the Andrew Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University. in 1986, he received the Nobel Peace Prize.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
September 30, 1928
Place of Birth:
Sighet, Romania
Education:
La Sorbonne

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book at my college bookstore several years ago. I bought it and carried it with me every day for 5 years afterwards. My original copy is worn, dog-eared, marked-up, and dirty. I have yet to find another book that moves me more deeply than this one, and I recommend it to everyone I know that has an ounce of empathy, a pinch of imagination, and the ability to read. Whenever I visit a used bookstore I buy what copies are available, and give them away. Most people cannot find words to descibe the wealth of thoughts and emotions his book provokes. I still cannot.