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Night (Night) Paperback – January 16, 2006
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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.
“A slim volume of terrifying power.” ―The New York Times
“Required reading for all of humanity.” ―Oprah
“Wiesel has taken his own anguish and imaginatively metamorphosed it into art.” ―Curt Leviant, Saturday Review
“To the best of my knowledge no one has left behind him so moving a record.” ―Alfred Kazin
“What makes this book so chilling is not the pretense of what happened but a very real description of every thought, fear and the apathetic attitude demonstrated as a response . . . Night, Wiesel's autobiographical masterpiece, is a heartbreaking memoir. Wiesel has taken his painful memories and channeled them into an amazing document which chronicles his most intense emotions every step along the way.” ―Jose Del Real, Anchorage Daily News
“As a human document, Night is almost unbearably painful, and certainly beyond criticism.” ―A. Alvarez, Commentary
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One thing I learned that I didn't know from the other books: After children arrived at the concentration camp after a terrible journey in a cattle car train, they were thrown into a burning ditch while they were still alive. These are little kids being murdered in the worst possible way. It's something I would expect from the Islamic State terrorists but even they wouldn't do this to children.
I have read many books about the Holocaust and many more that use it as a story vehicle (e.g. Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon series), but none has brought the horrible events home as much as "Night." It is eerily personal.
Having said the above, the book is a fast and well written read if you can tolerate the horrifying account of what mankind can do to mankind. And then realize that similar attrocities continue to this day.