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“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
- ASIN : 0374500010
- Publisher : Hill and Wang (January 16, 2006)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 120 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780374500016
- ISBN-13 : 978-0374500016
- Lexile measure : 570L
- Item Weight : 4.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.39 x 8.26 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There are so many memorable scenes in this short book: the journey in the cramped cattle cars; the arrival at the camp; the sight, sound, and ash of the crematorium; the hanging of a child; the crusts of bread; the forced march when the camp was abandoned at war’s end; the gratuitous murders even in a place where gratuitous murder was the organizing principle. And there are so many painful moments, most having to do with loss: the loss of God, the loss of identity, the loss of friends and family, in the end the loss of his father, too, who was his mainstay through most of the ordeal. But there are also moments of remembering that humanity must be preserved. As the camp was being evacuated, the prisoners stopped long enough to clean their prison camp. Why? To let the liberating army know “that here lived men and not pigs.” I was reminded of Italian chemist Primo Levi’s account of his imprisonment in Auschwitz, If This Is a Man, in which he describes the ex-army sergeant who washed daily, even though the water was dirty and he had only his soiled clothes to dry himself with. But he did it, and encouraged others to do the same, for the sake of dignity more than cleanliness, to remain human and to prevent the machine of war, imprisonment, and dehumanization from turning prisoners into beasts, as its masters wished it to do.
This book is a ringing call to remember, and to resist injustice, ignorance, and apathy. As Wiesel said in his speech accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 (reprinted at the end of this book): “We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere.”
This a mature book, but it is definitely a must read for teenagers and adults. The ideas may be a too strong for children or pre-teens. It is poignant and graphic, but gets a clear message across. If you’re looking for short read and have interest in the holocaust and the victims who suffered through it, this is the book for you. I suggest you read through the preface and the forward in the beginning of the book, as well as the author’s note at the end. All in all, this is a great book that will provide you with both information and a saddening perspective of World War II.
It is such a powerful, well-written, and eloquent account of what Elie and so many other Jews went through during the Holocaust. If you haven't read it, it is definitely one that needs to be added to your TBR Bucket List. His use of internal dialogue, first person narrative, and reflection throughout the story pulls the reader in and keeps their attention. You become a witness to what happened. Beautiful. Powerful. Memorable. And one of my absolute favorite books of all time.
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I know growing up we all learnt about WWII and the millions of Jews who sadly perished, but reading it from a first hand perspective opened up another avenue, reading the story I became emotionally attached, I felt as though I was along Elie throughout.
Emotional, amazing if you love history / World War books please read Night.
Many of the experiences described are horrific. We read about extreme inhumanity combined with grotesqueries. For example, when the prisoners are forced to watch hangings at Auschwitz the order rings out, `Caps off!' and then, `Cover your heads!' It is a ritualistic gesture to a more civilized world.
The forced evacuation from Auschwitz to Buchenwald (in January 1945) is even more horrific than Auschwitz itself.
The inability or refusal of the Sighet Jews to believe the stories they heard is intriguing, but one should bear in mind that for a long time the British and American governments were reluctant to trust the reports reaching them from Poland about the Holocaust.
The book describes the author's loss of faith. Where was God at Auschwitz? This question arises again and again in different forms.
I'd recommend the book highly to anyone interested in the Holocaust. It would also be very useful reading when teaching the Holocaust in schools - at least to pupils aged 15+.