• Title: Twilight
  • Author: Elie Wiesel Marion Wiesel
  • ISBN: 9780805210583
  • Page: 263
  • Format: Paperback
  • Twilight Raphael Lipkin is a man obsessed He hears voices He talks to ghosts He is spending the summer at the Mountain Clinic a psychiatric hospital in upstate New York not as a patient but as a visiting pro
    Raphael Lipkin is a man obsessed He hears voices He talks to ghosts He is spending the summer at the Mountain Clinic, a psychiatric hospital in upstate New York not as a patient, but as a visiting professional with a secret, personal quest A professor of literature and a Holocaust survivor, Raphael, having rebuilt his life since the war, sees it on the verge of comingRaphael Lipkin is a man obsessed He hears voices He talks to ghosts He is spending the summer at the Mountain Clinic, a psychiatric hospital in upstate New York not as a patient, but as a visiting professional with a secret, personal quest A professor of literature and a Holocaust survivor, Raphael, having rebuilt his life since the war, sees it on the verge of coming apart once He longs to talk to Pedro, the man who rescued him as a fifteen year old orphan from postwar Poland and brought him to Paris, becoming his friend, mentor, hero, and savior But Pedro disappeared inside the prisons of Stalin s Russia shortly after the war Where is Pedro now, and how can Raphael discern what is true and what is false without him A mysterious nighttime caller directs Raphael s search to the Mountain Clinic, a unique asylum for patients whose delusions spring from the Bible Amid patients calling themselves Adam, Cain, Abraham, Joseph, Jeremiah, and God, Raphael searches for Pedro s truth and the meaning of his own survival in a novel that penetrated the mysteries of good, evil, and madness.

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    1. A man’s search for God through the madness of the Holocaust and its legacy.Raphael is a child survivor of the WWII, who loses his family to the death camps and to insanity. He is attracted to madness himself from a young age, when an old man in an insane asylum in his home town in the Carpathians introduces him to the alternative reality of the madman, and questions claims to legitimate thought by the sane. After enduring the vicissitudes of life and questioning his own sanity in middle age, R [...]

    2. An unusual exploration of the Holocaust. Some spoilers may follow.Professor Raphael Lipkin receives a series of midnight phone calls, calling into question his perspective on Pedro, a member of the briha - the underground railroad for Jews out of Eastern Europe during the 1940s. Raphael has written a book, mentioning Pedro in passing and portraying him as almost superhuman and of unalloyed goodness. Raphael hero-worships Pedro. He blames himself for Pedro's capture by the Soviet police while att [...]

    3. I really enjoyed this novel. The story-telling style jumps from person-to-person and time-to-time, but even if it seems confusing, hang in there - the pieces the author reveals all come together to a very thought-provoking and touching ending.There were several dialogues that I wish were short enough to add to my 'quotes' page on . I wish I could write them all down - perhaps I just need to buy a copy of this novel and mark them. The one I was most touched by was near the end of the novel, when [...]

    4. Elie Wiesel is one of those writers who doesn't use flowery language and frankly, he doesn't need it.Twilight is about Raphael Lipkin's transformation into a man consumed with his past. Lipkin is a Holocaust survivor and literature professor. One of the best things about this book is the style in which it's written. True to Wiesel's style, the book jumps from various times in the past, memories, (the Ghetto, post-war, pre-war, his arrival in NYC, his marriage, etc.) and Lipkin's present where he [...]

    5. I can't believe I have given a two-star rating to a book about the Holocaust, especially when it was written by a Holocaust survivor. A couple years ago, I read Elie Wiesel's Night which is basically his account of his experiences in the Jewish ghetto and later on, a concentration camp. I cried my eyes out and couldn't stop thinking about what I had read and what this man had survived. While Night was haunting in its simplistic storytelling and brutal honesty, I thought that Twilight was extreme [...]

    6. This almost felt like a good book. Almost.It has all the elements of a good story, but it's just horribly disjointed. There were several time periods and characters the book kept jumping between without much more than a line break to announce the upcoming change of scenery or voice. I didn't like or care about any of the characters (probably because I never felt like I had enough time to get to know them). Also, too often, a character would tell a story within the current story. It was nothing s [...]

    7. This book was backwards for me; it started out great, but got worse for me as it went along. I found it hard to finish and was relieved when it was over; the premise of the story was great, but the way everything kept jumping around and the constant references to madness made me feel like I would go mad myself just reading it. Sorry, don't recommend.

    8. I have very mixed feelings about this book. Firstly, it has a lot of great lines and passages. I gave up trying to note all of them down, as it would most probably clog up this review post. Those quotes are deeply affecting, triggering one to do deep introspection about one's values, principles and beliefs. Also, since the theme of madness in this book, narrated in the style where it draws Biblical references, is one that I can relate to.That being said, the structure of this book is an utter ch [...]

    9. i just finished this extraoridary novel and i'm not quite sure how to feel about it. Elie Wiesel's writing style is outstandingly beautiful. Combined with the fact that Wiesel is a holocaust survivor himself, this novel overflows you with pure and raw emotions. It also asks some highly intersting and important questions about life, death and god himself and how he can let something as horrible as the holocaust happen. I guess i would have absolutely loved this book wouldn't it be for the ending. [...]

    10. I became fascinated by this exploration of how people of strong faith behave when confronted with the horrors of the Holocaust. It's gradually revealed that patients in a mental hospital who think they are Abraham, Cain and the Messiah have retreated into these personas in response to Nazi torture. Who is mad and who is sane during this period of history? To the question why does God allow such atrocities, the reply is at what point should he intervene - before a killer is born? Before a gun is [...]

    11. Oh, this is good. But it chases its tail a bit in terms of plot. And you get the feeling of a missed opportunity.

    12. A book on madness – so many explanations, descriptions, definitions of madness. The main narrator himself, Raphael, is constantly asking himself if he is mad. He seems convinced that he is, that he must be, but I don't think so. Perhaps he is so sane that he is mad. On the other hand, his descriptions of the mad men he meets (how is it that they are all male? Are females less susceptible to madness? Or is that so few of them survived the war? He says men and women are in the sanitarium, but we [...]

    13. This novel was very confusing unlike the 2 or 3 previous books (fictional & non-fictional) I've read by Wiesel. This one had no chapter divisions, but would hop around from one paragraph to the next (time, place and characters) so that it was very difficult for the reader to maintain the story line. For example, the story involved 2 different mental institutes - one in Poland in the early '40s and the other in NY in the present day. Both involved characters who thought they were dead. With t [...]

    14. Twilight is a pretty intense read which ultimately questions why God allows events such as the Holocaust to happen. If there really is a God how can these events be explained. The book searches for answers through Raphael Lipkin, a Jewish survivor of Nazi occupied Poland who is rescued by the mysterious Pedro while all his other family members perish. No chapters and a jumbled up mix of time periods make this book seem lengthier than it's 200 odd pages but I found the historical parts quite fasc [...]

    15. I find myself torn, parts of the book are well written and very interesting where as the flow is all over the place; who, what, where, and when's seem to weave a drunken ramble. I am not very religious which made some comparisons less than effective for me but the pain and struggle can be felt through his words. It is not until the last few pages when you learn why the booked was named, a beautiful explanation though. To anyone feeling frustrated at the beginning of the book, I urge them to keep [...]

    16. If only Elie Wiesel had some supernatural foresight to know that naming this book Twilight would be the most unfortunate title he could give it. This is no vampire fiction. This is a fascinating and ultimately compelling look into man's search for meaning. Wiesel maintains a dark and solemn tone as he's kept in the past which is still as thought provoking as it ever was. The only reason it's rated at four stars is because it's not quite the masterpiece of Wiesel's most well known work, Night, bu [...]

    17. I have attempted to read this book many times and each time I get about halfway through and start seriously questioning who's insane: the main character, all the other characters, the author, or me for attempting to read this book yet again! I think the author intentionally makes the reader question sanity and even their own sanity, unfortunately, I feel it takes it too far and just leaves the reader extremely confused. This book has potential, and since I've never read it fully through, I don't [...]

    18. This book had great potential. Unfortunately, it did not deliver in the end. There was little character development, even with the main character of Raphael. The juxtapostion of 'present day' and the past was also hard to follow as there was little to 'warn' the reader other than possibly a line break before switching to another perspective. Given that the book was originally published in French, I do have to wonder if perhaps something was 'lost in translation'.

    19. I liked everything but the lack-of-ending. Elie Wiesel is not a mystery writer but he is great at everything else. He cleverly weaves in flashbacks to the protagonist, Raphael's, childhood during the Holocaust and stories about his family, with modern-day encounters with madmen believing themselves to be Biblical characters, into whose rants he weaves insightful Biblical perspectives and interpretations. The book culminates with an encounter with "God" and a discussion of human suffering.

    20. Mixed feelings I found this a frustrating read a lot of the time as I wasn't sure where it was going and making sense of the story was hard. This was the point! The questions raised by Lipkin's experiences couldn't be answered in a way that 'made sense' and the 'what about God in all this?' question is unanswerable and so it is appropriate that it it is left echoing so, despite being frustrating and hence not a fulfilling read it is a good book!

    21. This story's narration was peculiar; it threw me off, tipping me sideways, causing me to see the world from an angle I hadn't yet explored. Wiesel describes the experience of surviving the Holocaust, and through this, shows the reader that madness and sanity are not as night and day, but lie instead in a realm of twilight. Incredibly beautiful, absorbing, and heartbreaking. This book has given me a profoundly humbling perspective I will never forget.

    22. Compellingly told through the lives of those who lived and those who died, those who struggled and those who became the witnesses for those who did not, it is a series of tales of the past and commentary on the future, a torch in the process of being passed, with reflection on God, man the relation and meaning of each. Essential.

    23. I only read the first 46 pages of this book and decided I didn't want to finish it because it really hadn't caught my interest by that point. It skipped back and forth from past to present, and I felt no connection with the characters or story. Maybe I would enjoy it if I finished it, but when reading a book feels like a chore, it's not worth the effort.

    24. Extremely creative piece of work! Wiesel allowed readers to gain an in-depth and psychoanalytical perspective on the protagonist. However I felt as though much of the content was there to fill space, therefore making the book uninteresting at various points.

    25. I was pretty into Wiesel after they had us read Night in school; I read this book about ten years ago and don't remember at all what it's about, but the me from ten years ago still recommends Wiesel to everyone. :) I'm going to have to reread some of his stuff if I ever get the chance. :)

    26. This book was intriguing. Horrifying, even as fiction, to read about times during the Holocaust for the Jewish, but the story around that was intriguing also. The look into madness and how it overtakes people's lives was very interesting.

    27. This is not the vampire book. This is by the same author who wrote Night(which I haven't been able to get very far in because it is so extremely sad.) This one is sad too, but there are so many beautiful gems of wisdom hidden through all the sadness.

    28. I probably should not have expected anything different from a novel about a Holocaust survivor who thinks he may be going mad, but this was very dark and very confusing.

    29. Another masterpiece from this Nobel Peace Prize winner. The book gives one alot to think about and ponder - death, life, religion, insanity in the aftermath of WW II.Good read!!

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