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Dawn Paperback – March 21, 2006

4.1 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Night Trilogy Series

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“The anguish and loss of the moral Jew who has placed himself on the other side of the gun” ―Commentary

“Shines gemlike with delicate writing,” ―Saturday Review

About the Author

Elie Wiesel (1928-2016) is the author of more than fifty books, including Night, his harrowing account of his experiences in Nazi concentration camps. The book, first published in 1955, was selected for Oprah's Book Club in 2006, and continues to be an important reminder of man's capacity for inhumanity. Wiesel was Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and lived with his family in New York City. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 81 pages
  • Publisher: Hill and Wang; Tra edition (March 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809037726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809037728
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First off, this is not Night 2. I naively expected that when publisher's try to frame them as part of a 'trilogy'. Night is absolutely and without bar one of the most fantastic books I have read in my life.

This is not just another chapter of that. And it is not a sequel. It is an incredibly profound, and beautifully written meditation on the journey of many Holocaust survivors -- but not his. This is a work of complete fiction. Many survivors went to Palestine, and fought the British (not the Arabs) to kick them out and thus be able to establish a free Jewish state.

It is the story of a fictional Elishah (who has remarkably similar childhood and Holocaust experiences to those of Wiesel) who becomes one of these freedom fighters, and is ordered to execute a British officer in retaliation for their hanging one of the rebels. It is an account of the night that Elishah passes, knowing he has to become a murderer in the morning, and all of his internal struggles with that. In a particularly powerful lead up to the end, he realizes the power of hatred, how without hatred, terrorist groups like theirs, and indeed any violence against others is almost impossible. He notes how nations are so adept at teaching their people to hate, and even comes to the point of trying to make himself hate this stranger in order to be able to follow his orders.

EXTREMELY powerful and evocative.

One word of caution -- there is almost no action here. This is a thinking book. If you are not up to the mental effort to think and feel along with him, you will not like it.
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Worth reading. My granddaughter had to read this over the summer,, as part of her honors English assignment. Because certain sects of people deny the Holocoust, I think it is important for our young people to read this to understand "first hand" the true story of what happened during that period of time.
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This book would have been better served as short story in an anthology. I thought there was too much padding in order to make this a "short novel". Even as a short novel, "Dawn" barely exceeds 80 pages.

To address the content of the story, the main theme is the futility of the cycle of violence and reprisal. The narrator is assigned to execute a hostage in a nationalistic conflict. The story illustrates the narrator's internal moral stuggle in carrying out his task. There are some flashbacks to the narrator's youth, which I thought used some mixed metaphors and didn't contribute much to the story. But nevertheless, these are largely interpretive to the reader.

Certainly not as good as Night, and probably some of Wiesel's other works. But someone interested in reading more Wiesel might find some value in this book.
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I didn't like this book as much as night. there are at times a little too stream of consciousness and repetitive sections that became distracting.

it was still good and an amazing self exploration to witness.
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Lots of emotion in this, and deep ideas of life, death, purpose....liked the way stories of others in his past were incorporated to reflect what was currently happening in Elisha's world...interpretations from what has gone by to what was to happen. Looking forward to reading "Day".
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Dawn is a great novel; although the author insists it is a fictional work, the book reveals an astonishing vision of the human's nature post the holocaust era. Like the Rev. Martin L. King stated: "Undeserved human suffering is redemptive", but human suffering can also evokes violence, and a merciless soul.
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Very well written but also very troubling to me. I was hoping for a peaceful resolution with neither man dying but that didnt happen. But that is me not the author. Elie is a great author with a compelling subject but also a subject which is horrifying. If only man could get beyond man's inhumanity to man.
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(ElieWiesel died last week.)
Short book: There are three books in the trilogy. Good read, about a young Jewish man, a holocaust survivor and an Israeli freedom fighter in British controlled Palestine. John Dawson is the captured English officer that the Jew will murder at down in retribution for the British execution of a fellow freedom fighter. The entire store is about the wait until the morning for the 19 year old soldier to consider the execution in which he will shoot the prisoner He contemplates about the life of one human being.
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