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The New York Times Book ReviewWiesel's strength lies in his utter earnestness. At the end of the day, he is not a hagiographer, but a storyteller turned commentator haunted by the figures that have molded him. ''To comment on a given text means first of all to establish between oneself and the text a relationship of intimacy,'' he writes. Here, as in his earlier books, he embraces canonical Jewish texts and famous Jewish teachers as shapers of his particular past, but fashions them into interlocutors for humanity's future. The inheritor of a tradition emerges again as a creator of traditions.
...Wiesel's storytelling is much more than an act of transmission. It is an act of love and of lesson-giving. — Erin Leib