The Forgotten

The Forgotten A profoundly moving novel about a Holocaust survivor s struggle to remember both the heroic and the shameful events of his past and about his American born son s need to assimilate his father s life

  • Title: The Forgotten
  • Author: Elie Wiesel Stephen Becker
  • ISBN: 9780805210194
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Paperback
  • A profoundly moving novel about a Holocaust survivor s struggle to remember both the heroic and the shameful events of his past, and about his American born son s need to assimilate his father s life into his own A book of shattering force that offers a message of urgency to a world under the spell of trivia and the tyranny of amnesia Chicago Tribune Book World.

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    1. Wiesel reminds us what can happen if we refuse to come to terms with our past. It is a good book to refer to when listening to Cheney, Obama, and pundits claim that we must move forward. One cannot move forward by not holding ourselves accountable for our past. As painful as it might be we must have an accounting.

    2. Almost like across between Milan Kundera and Jonathan Safran-Foer. Thematically interested in exile, exiles; with a little bit of that Jewish magical realism thrown in. (My apologies, I read it forever ago).The truth was that Malkiel's father had never known any woman but his own wife. A matter of fidelity? Not even that: only love. Which write said that you could love two women but you could only be faithful to one? Malkiel's father might have known an occasional surge of love, but he had loved [...]

    3. I will not go into detail about this book other than;n to say it is a lesson on how to give love and how to receive love. Don't we all wish we had a father like Elhanon?

    4. The one thing you would think that a holocaust survivor would want to retain is memory. The central character in this book is losing his. His son is determined to preserve his father's memories, his legacy, and his posterity for him, somehow.An unforgettable image in the book is that of the holocaust survivor dying alone with no family, no posterity, forgotten.This is a very moving tale. Well written and compelling in its sincerity.

    5. What a terrific ending! Great characters, rich history, and heart wrenching struggles. It was a little slow here and there, but overall a fantastic read.

    6. This is a good solid book. It is lagging at times and vague at times (both of which might be requirements for me to all a book solid). As Malkiel works through his father's past he discovers things about himself and his own life as well as his history as a descendant of a Holocaust survivor.Elhanen is a unique character in that he only desires to tell his son (and by extension the reader) his story because he is going to lose it. He is not a sappy character reminiscing through bitterness or a de [...]

    7. I love books about the Holocaust, but this one was different than most of the ones I have read. This novel is about a man who is losing his memory to Alzheimers and sends his journalist son back to Eastern Europe to uncover his haunted past. For Elhanan, remembering the horrors of the past is the way to honor the victims of the blackest period in history. As his mind desintegrates he falls further and further into depression because he feels he is nothing without his memories. As means of preser [...]

    8. As I have found is typical of Wiesel's books, this narrative is depressing and starts off that way. This makes me feel quite sad for Wiesel as a person. His worldview shines through his books and I cannot imagine living life without hope. As to the book itself, it is hard to keep the timeline straight. The narrative alternates, at random intervals, between the memories and current events experienced by the son and the memories of his father. Despite the powerful potential of the subject matter, [...]

    9. This is the fourth book I read by Elie Wiesel, and possibly the last one. Again, I have the impression that the writing is purposely bleak, abridged and empty, but in an ugly and “un-literary” way.The plot was terribly disjointed, so at some points I didn't know who I was reading/listening to, and felt utterly lost.

    10. Borrowing from the libraryI lied I didn't read thisor I did, just haven't been able to finish this novel. I loved Day, Dawn and Night but this book was just really hard to get into. I am a little disappointed. I have kept this book for about 3 weeks now, and I have finally faced the fact I will not be finishing it! Sorry Mr. Wiesel, I tried.

    11. I liked it. I think he is a great writer and has quite a story to tell. Obviously pretty depressing, but I love that in a book. It was great to see people fight back against the Nazis because for some reason I feel like we don't hear or read about that as much as we should.

    12. A lyrical weaving of a father's experience in World War II, his global decline, and the need his son has to know his father, and recreate his past. Haunting, relevant.

    13. Wiesel’s novels always juggle a number of predictable character types: the survivor, the Zionist partisan, the second generation son wrestling with Jewish history. The themes are always—at least—memory and the imperative to remember, the importance of silence, and a search for meaningful Jewish identity. While this juggle gets predictable reading through Wiesel’s corpus, the balls travel nicely in this one. An aging Holocaust survivor and Zionist partisan, now living as a therapist in NY [...]

    14. Elie Wiesel has provided a title with a double meaning. The surface reference of “The Forgotten” is to the memories of holocaust survivor Elhanan Rosenbaum, the aging father of the story’s protagonist, Malkiel. But Wiesel’s ultimate concern is the memories of the people and culture of the Eastern European shtetls that were vaporized by the holocaust. In today’s assimilative world, Wiesel is concerned with remembering what it is to be a Jew. While the storyline follows (compellingly) Ma [...]

    15. Mostly OK, a bit dreary & dreamy at times.Elhanan Rosenbaum is a Holocaust survivor & all these years later he's never spoken of the war years. He's now been diagnosed with an incurable memory disease & is determined to tell his son (Malkiel) all about his past, before it's too late. There are stories of heroism, but also some that fill him with shame."Elhanan's story compels his son to go to the Romanian village where the crime that continues to haunt his father was committed. There [...]

    16. Here is "Ivy's" review that I copied and am pasting here. I agree with her analysis of the book. "I love books about the Holocaust, but this one was different than most of the ones I have read. This novel is about a man who is losing his memory to Alzheimers and sends his journalist son back to Eastern Europe to uncover his haunted past. For Elhanan, remembering the horrors of the past is the way to honor the victims of the blackest period in history. As his mind desintegrates he falls further a [...]

    17. The memories about the Holocaust were very heart-felt, of course. Not so much heart felt because of the horror of the genocide, but because the book made the reader experience those same emotions of shock and dismay and panic and devastation. The reader was transported to Romania and Poland with the victims as they experienced Man's inhumanity to Man.The stories told by the Father, Elhanan, and by the grave digger in Romania were wonderful, simply wonderful. However, most of the action and thoug [...]

    18. I got lost in many places because I couldn't catch the flow of writing, and thus, I had problem following the story. And I blame it on me. I blame it because then I listened to this review after I was finished reading, and all became clear: youtu/eSeaUSzqcvoA perfect review I would say. Sometime to honor a work of art and realize its importance, it is necessary we hear from the person from that field. Our eyes might not be capable to see the beauty at the first sight, but as the one who have see [...]

    19. "The Forgotten" operates on at least two levels: the personal (involving the story of three generations of a Jewish family, focusing primarily on father Elhanan Rosenbaum's attempt to remember and record the horrors of the Holocaust by enlisting the help of his journalist son Malkiel), and the historical, the story of the Holocaust for its millions of victims and far fewer survivors.Malkiel keeps his promise to his father whose memory has fallen prey to Alzheimers. As part of a family whose moth [...]

    20. Elie Wiesel is proved yet again to be a master in his art. Although this lone book tended to be a harder read than Wiesel's famous trilogy, I enjoyed it far more. The novel explores both the holocaust experiences of the aging father, Mr. Rosenbaum, and his much newer struggle with losing these memories. Both are intensely moving, whether seen through his own eyes, or those of his son struggling to fulfill the trying obligation of traveling to Elhanan's childhood village in Romania. Although Mr. [...]

    21. This was an intense book. I was fascinated by the way Wiesel explored the experience of Alzheimer's and how it affects not just the person with Alzheimer's but their family as well. The story of the father's wartime experiences was heartbreaking.

    22. Really had a hard time getting through this one. Had a lot of lagging parts. Perhaps it was just hard that the Alzheimer's hit a little too close to home.

    23. Another powerful book from Wiesel about the Holocaust memories of a father with Alzheimer's which his son follows up on.

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