A plane en route from New York to Tel Aviv is forced down by bad weather. A nearby house provides refuge for five of its passengers: Claudia, who has left her husband and found new love; Razziel, a religious teacher who was once a political prisoner; Yoav, a terminally ill Israeli commando; George, an archivist who is hiding a Holocaust secret that could bring down a certain politician; and Bruce, a would-be priest turned philanderer. Their host - an enigmatic and disquieting man who calls himself simply the Judge - begins to interrogate them, forcing them to face the truth and meaning of their lives. Soon he announces that one of them-the least worthy - will die.
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by Elie Wiesel
by John Irving
by Bruce Murkoff
by Nina Vida
by Peter Matthiessen
by Zane Grey
by Philip Roth
by Paul Watkins
"The Nobel Peace Prize winner serves up a Gothic morality play in novel form, in which five stranded airline passengers on their way to Israel find themselves prisoners of "The Judge," who forces them to engage in a parlor game with life-and-death consequences. Throughout The Judge's isolated mansion one hears ghostly echus of J.B. Priestley and Isak Dinesen, authors who would not strain our credulity the way Wiesel dus in this piece. Narrator George Guidall diverts our attention from the glaring flaws by convincingly vivifying the characters--a miraculous job, actually, considering the way they're written--and conveying that desperate earnestness that permeates all of Wiesel's writings. Y.R. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine"
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