Wiesel, Elie. And the Sea is Never Full

And The Sea Is Never Full is the second volume written by Elie Wiesel in 2000 and published by Harper Collins. This book covers his memoirs from 1969 onwards and continues from the first volume. The title of this book is also a continuation from the first volume. Hence, the message would be “All rivers run to the sea, and the sea is never full.

Everyone should read this fantastic book at some point in his or her life. The title comes from the bible Ecclesiastes: …what profit hath a man of all his labour, which he takes under the sun...

Throughout the book, there are Hasidic legends and stories that are very enjoyable to read. I loved the story of Moses Mendelssohn (p.12) as it gives the rest of us without George Clooney’s looks some hope... This book is worth buying for this one story alone.

The book also contains 1970s and 1980s political insights, which I found fascinating, as I always like reading about the cold war, and spy stuff such as the Mossad. My interest in all that grew when I started watching Airwolf back in the late 1980s when I was in College. My favourite episode was Fight like a Dove.

This book contains a wide range of Elie’s personal experiences covering religion, history, politics, and psychology. He truly has a vast amount of experience in life.

Elie places each event of his life in the correct religious, political, and historical perspectives. By doing so, he gets to the truth and thereby finds answers to the experiences he had. It reminded me very much of a mathematical process called 'integration by parts'. It is like a combination lock - only when the tumblers are in the correct sequence and order can the lock open. Moreover, he opens those locks expertly like a mathematician.

This book is not an easy read by any stretch of the imagination. You will most defiantly require an above average intelligence to grasp the subtleties. A degree in psychology and human dynamics, some theology, science, and politics will also help but experience is even better. It took me a while to read this book because I had to stop in many places and think about all the connections he was making, and many of them were complex worthy of a PhD thesis. It gave me a small insight into the mind of one of the most intelligent and brilliant writers and thinkers of our time.

In this book, Elie appears to be searching for answers to some of the most difficult questions anyone has faced. I found reading it very useful because I was searching for answers to some of the events that took place in my own life. To lose without making any mistakes is a very difficult and unique experience to have when you are young.

After reading nearly all of Elie Wiesel’s books, I have grown much respect for the man. I do not normally write in English because it is not my primary language, however, after reading his books I was inspired to write a little about my own life and my Hopes, Dreams, Ambition... in UK. I found it very liberating to write, and I felt that it was important for people to know what my hopes and dreams were, how else would people know?

Author: Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. He is an outstanding human being with a vast experience on a wide range of topics.

He is an excellent writer and a leading thinker of our generation who in many ways is in search for an explanation for the evil that pervades man. The book shows, in some places, that he has never been able to cast off the tentacles of darkness that shackled him during the Holocaust.

He is in search of answers to some of the most profound questions that humanity has ever faced, and I believe he is the right man for the job, and the only man who could answer these questions.

I would most definitely recommend this book and keep it as a reference. It will remain in the Peter J. Vis book collection.


Elie Wiesel
TitleAnd the Sea is Never Full
AuthorElie Wiesel
TranslatorMarion Wiesel
PublisherHarper Collins
ISBN Number0 00 255674 X
First Published2000
Editions de Seuil in1996
AvailabilityAmazon and all good online bookstores