Is God Man’s Friend?

Theodicy and Friendship in Elie Wiesel’s Novels

by Carole J. Lambert (Author)
©2006 Monographs XIV, 128 Pages


Elie Wiesel’s novels – The Town Beyond the Wall, Twilight, The Gates of the Forest, The Accident, A Beggar in Jerusalem, and The Judges – win literary prizes in France, but often receive poor reviews in the United States. Lambert analyzes them clearly and cogently via two key themes: theodicy and friendship. She shows how the angry, embittered Holocaust survivor protagonists approach the God who seems to have broken His covenant at Auschwitz. This approach to God is made through friendships, some real and some mystical. Her analyses now render Wiesel’s novels accessible to Americans who may already appreciate his essays and memoirs.


XIV, 128
ISBN (Hardcover)
Wiesel, Elie Roman Theodizee (Motiv) theodicy Holocaust Study friendship
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2006. XIV, 128 pp.

Biographical notes

Carole J. Lambert (Author)

The Author: Carole J. Lambert is Professor of English and Director of Undergraduate Research at Azusa Pacific University. She received a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct research in Brussels, Belgium, plus four National Endowment for the Humanities grants. She is author of The Empty Cross: Medieval Hopes, Modern Futility in the Theater of Maurice Maeterlinck, Paul Claudel, August Strindberg, and Georg Kaiser, and co-editor with William D. Brewer of Essays on the Modern Identity (Peter Lang, 2000). She earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley, and has published widely in several journals.


Title: Is God Man’s Friend?