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Dawn Paperback – March 21, 2006
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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
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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.
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.
it was still good and an amazing self exploration to witness.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Victim to Executioner. I am trying to understand how the world let the Holocaust happen. That led me to Day, the struggle for a Jewish homeland.Published 3 days ago by Steve Ryder
I am ashamed and displeased that did not know of this admirable man. My life would have taken a different turn.Published 4 days ago by Kindle Customer
Just was not what I expected. Nothing like the first book. Not as good.Published 9 days ago by Jane McGrath
An intense account of a freedom fighter's first execution. Great read and well-written book. Elie is a fantastic author with an incredible story to tell.Published 11 days ago by Meli
After reading night this book is still an intense read but still lighter than night was. The story develops quickly and it is a fast read.Published 12 days ago by Darren Roberts
Excellent. Elie Wiesel explores the moral dilemma of being a tortured human being faced with an impossible situation.Published 12 days ago by Jean Mandell
And the murdering goes on.
Who is the more justified?
If only everyone could or would read this series
Death is so final
Very good read, a must read. Recommend to almost anyonePublished 21 days ago by William J. Henderson