A Mad Desire to Dance
Elie Wiesel
book reviews:
· general fiction
· chick lit/romance
· sci-fi/fantasy
· graphic novels
· nonfiction
· audio books

Click here for the curledup.com RSS Feed

· author interviews
· children's books @
· DVD reviews @

win books
buy online


for authors
& publishers

for reviewers

click here to learn more

Buy *A Mad Desire to Dance* by Elie Wiesel online

A Mad Desire to Dance
Elie Wiesel
288 pages
February 2009
rated 2 of 5 possible stars

buy this book now or browse millions of other great products at amazon.com
previous reviewnext review

Let us be perfectly candid: this is a difficult book to read. As the child of Holocaust survivors, the now sixty-year-old Doriel Waldman is on the threshold of insanity, and heís angry to boot, ranting - often in a stream of consciousness style - to his therapist, Dr. Therese Goldschmidt. While there are gems to be unearthed from these rants, gems about manís cruelty to man and the unfairness of life, among others, the reader has to suffer through meandering prose, long, convoluted sentences, and pages and pages of monologue to find them.

This is a surprise because Wieselís debut novel, Night, was both accessible and profound. It dealt with the same theme of the Holocaust as this novel but sparkled for the immediacy of the narration and the fact that the action set-pieces kept the story moving. In A Mad Desire to Dance, though, all the action is in the back story, thereby robbing the narrative of much of its vibrancy.

Wiesel has much to say that allows us to make sense in this often unjust world. He has long been the moral compass for a world that often seems to have gone mad. Perhaps we should allow him the luxury of a misstep Ė a misstep more in the narrative style and tone of the book rather than its content.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Ram Subramanian, 2009

buy *A Mad Desire to Dance* online
click here for more info
Click here to learn more about this month's sponsor!

fiction · sf/f · comic books · nonfiction · audio
newsletter · free book contest · buy books online
review index · links · · authors & publishers

site by ELBO Computing Resources, Inc.