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Night; with Connections [Hardcover]

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May 8, 2009 0030554624 978-0030554629 1
An autobiographical narrative, in which the author describes his experiences in Nazi concentration camps.

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In Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel's memoir Night, a scholarly, pious teenager is wracked with guilt at having survived the horror of the Holocaust and the genocidal campaign that consumed his family. His memories of the nightmare world of the death camps present him with an intolerable question: how can the God he once so fervently believed in have allowed these monstrous events to occur? There are no easy answers in this harrowing book, which probes life's essential riddles with the lucid anguish only great literature achieves. It marks the crucial first step in Wiesel's lifelong project to bear witness for those who died. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"To  the best of my knowledge no one has left behind him  so moving a record." -- Alfred Kazin

  "Wiesel has taken his own anguish and imaginatively  metamorphosed it into art." -- Curt Leviant,  Saturday Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HOLT, RINEHART AND WINSTON; 1 edition (May 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0030554624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0030554629
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (967 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating May 8, 2000
Elie Wiesel's account of Nazi Germany left me stunned. Once I finished, I just sat there thinking about the book and realizing that it wasn't a work of fiction, but a true story. I had to read this book in my high school English class and it blew me away. The way he and his father try and beat the odds to stay together, the horrors of a concentration camp, what its like to go for days without food, etc. The sheer simplicity of it makes it seem so real, yet so fake. The metaphors and personification that he uses to describe events are beautiful. There are so many underlying meanings in the book, so many great lines (That night the soup tasted of corpses) that make you sit back and wonder how this sort of thing could have happened. I recommend this book to anyone (probably 9th grade and up, its pretty gruesome) and have nothing but good things to say about it, definitely one of the best books I have ever read. If you forget everything about this book, NEVER, EVER forget that it was a true story, and the last line.........
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67 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Night May 31, 2000
By marco
"Night", by Ellie Wiesel, explains his real life in the Concentration Camps during World War II. His family and friends who were originally from Hungary were Jewish and were forced into starving, suffering, and mistreatment by the German leader, Adolph Hitler. The Nazi death camp's horror turns this young boy into the agonized witness to his family's murder, and the destroys his faith in God. This book awakens the shocking memory of evil at its absolute worst and carries with it the unforgettable message that this horror must never be allowed to happen again. The autobiographical nature of this book helps the readers identify with all the suffering and mistreatment that many innocent people had to witness and go through. Ellie Wiesel makes the scenes so real that any reader can feel like they were living in the horrible and terrifying events. The scenes are so vivid that the words can picture the Jews during the mistreatment of the Holocaust. Wiesel has described a painful journey through the darkness, through the false dawns and false days, until there are hints that tiny shafts of light can pierce the seemingly unending nights.
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167 of 196 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reality and humanity at their worst. April 12, 2003
"Night" may be one of the hardest books you will ever read.
Nobody can top reality. The dreadfulness, terror and shock that originate in the imagination of horror novelists can never begin to compare to the real events that happened during World War II, in a time that is widely referred to as the Holocaust.
"Night" is about the true and terrifying events that Eli Wiesel has gone through during those days.
Inside, you are going to meet the young Elie Wiesel, born in the town of Sighet, Romania, presumably into a good life. Then you'll meet the phenomenon of denial among the Jewish people; so many had never believed the reports about the horrible activities of the Germans and of the other European nations during the War - until it became their fate as well.
This pitiful and destructive denial continues even while being transferred like cattle to concentration camps, through the first revelations of brutal and barbaric behavior amid the Jews themselves in the face of inhumane conditions. Their eyes are finally opened only in front of the gates of hell - the crematoriums of Auschwitz.
Having survived the selections there, Wiesel continues to live on and witnesses atrocities, loss, immense pain and sadness in different concentration and death camps, and comes to questioning everything he has ever learned in his short life to that point.
Why would you want to spend your time reading something that horrible?
You probably have general information about the atrocities that took place in those cursed days; having seen films like "The Schindler's List" you have an idea about how it was like.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lean and powerful Holocaust narrative June 12, 2003
"Night," by Elie Wiesel, has been translated from French by Stella Rodway. The copyright page notes that the book was originally published in French in 1958. The author bio at the end of the book informs us that the Hungarian-born Wiesel was deported to Auschwitz and Buchenwald and eventually received the Nobel Peace Prize.
"Night" is a first-person account of surviving the Nazi Holocaust. The narrative spans the years 1941-45 and recounts the atrocities committed against the European Jews by Hitler's regime. At 109 pages, the narrative is slim, but it is powerful.
Wiesel vividly depicts the dehumanization of concentration camp inmates. He effectively recounts the details of life in the shadow of Hitler; the Holocaust experience is depicted as a nightmarish mix of absurdity and horror. Some key questions raised by the narrative are theological; for example, how can anyone continue to have faith in a deity in light of these horrors?
Wiesel's prose, as translated by Rodway, is stark and grim--very effective for his subject matter. The well-written text leads up to a truly haunting final image. I recommend this book not only to those interested in the Holocaust, but to anyone interested in human cruelty and the human will to survive.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This book is difficult to read in the sense of his story about the Holocaust. It is described in raw detail and emotions. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Jude 213
5.0 out of 5 stars Great is the one word I can use to describe how Mr. Wiesel has written...
Mr. Wiesel has a way of telling a story, how he lets the reader follow his easy manner of relating these complex set of events which altered his way of thinking, living and his... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rudy Valencia
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing
I bought this book because my husband always talked about reading it in high school. The story by Elie Wiesel is capturing and heart breaking. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lana
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic.
Total classic. Disturbing. Everyone should read it. Or have it read to them. Great book on the holocaust. THINK ABOUT IT!
Published 3 months ago by Vomit
5.0 out of 5 stars Great novel for Enlgish or history class
Excellent classroom novel for history or English class. Short. Easy to read as far as the words go. Content is upsetting but necessary to know such things happened. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Elaine Mangham
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Moving
This is a must read. It is a very moving book. I was pleased at my Granddaughter Holly had to read it for school.
Published 4 months ago by Claire Zeman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading for those interested in a story of a death camp...
Great book about the story of one man during the last year of the Nazi run camp. It is very well written and will affect the heart.
Published 4 months ago by Robert G. Wilkins
Published 5 months ago by YOLANDA ADAMS
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I did not receive the correct version which was needed for a school reading. Now I have to go find the correct book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Shelly McConathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent narration of an excellent book
This is an excellent book like many others by Eli Wiesel, I don't need to emphasize on that, but I wanted to say that Jeffrey Rosenblatt has done an excellent job narrating the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Suvendu Mahapatra
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Not only fiction, it's really bad fiction.
Rebecca, based on the thread author's profile page as well as the "revisionist" (euphemism for deniers) link (s)he cited in this thread's initial post, it appears Salty Dog is not kidding at all. Because these Holocaust revisionists (deniers/minimizers/negationists) claims are so... Read more
Mar 4, 2007 by Encompassed Runner |  See all 48 posts
Ok for my 9-yr old daughter?
I find it odd that a responsible teacher would assign such a book without having read it his/herself.
I think this is a very important book that should be read at some point by all students (as well as their parents) but am not sure that a 9-year old, even as an advanced reader, can grasp it... Read more
Jan 3, 2010 by MO Bibliophile |  See all 15 posts
What comes to mind when you think of Oprah?
Fence sitter.
Oct 17, 2008 by Daisydigger |  See all 9 posts
For many readers, the definitive Holocaust experience
I agree with what you are saying, Joseph. I also first read this book when I was a teenager; it was a required reading for my high school literature class. Although I don't remember how I reacted when I first read it, just recently I remembered why I never forgot the name Elie Wiesel. The book... Read more
Feb 10, 2006 by Jay Nicholas |  See all 4 posts
Hmmmmmmmm....did you even read this book? You are referring to Night, right? You might want to try a "softer, gentler" book like Number the Stars or The Diary of Anne Frank and work your way up.
Apr 10, 2006 by Ursa Minor fan |  See all 3 posts
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