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Night Paperback – March 1, 1982

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ISBN-13: 978-0553272536 ISBN-10: 0553272535 Edition: Reissue

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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.

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"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
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 109 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books; Reissue edition (April 1, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553272535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553272536
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.5 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,015 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By "cabaret_54" on May 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
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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69 of 77 people found the following review helpful By marco on May 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
"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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171 of 201 people found the following review helpful By Eran Cohen on April 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
"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.
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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 By Chad Spivak on April 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is the most complete account of Nazi Germany ever written. Unlike so many of the books on this subject, Elie Wiesel brings forth a very personal story.
Born in Hungary, Wiesel is deported with his family to the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz. His story is terrifying, shocking, and extremely graphic. He is very candid, and his incredible descriptions truly paint the vivid picture of the Nazi death camp.
It is hard to get through this book without feeling for Wiesel and his family, especially his father. Reading about the horrors that the two of them went through was an eye-opening experience. There are a lot of painful memories brought out in his excellent writing, and as a reader, I became part of the scene. I truly felt myself running and working with the prisoners, starving on bread and soup, and feeling their anguish and utmost terror. This book is by far, the most graphic account of Nazi Germany that I have ever read. I was mesmorized by the story, and glued to the book.
There are so many hidden messages in the book, as well as some blatant ones right there on the pages in front of you. Wiesel's descriptive language makes you want to keep turning the pages, as you struggle with him and his father for survival. This book is one that needs to be read more, by people from all races, creeds, and religions, so that this horror can never ever happen again.
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