The book is a stunning testament to a boy's desire to survive the horror of the Nazi concentration camps.
In addition to the book, I enjoyed hearing Weisel's Nobel speech, the forward about the origin of the Night, and the essay by deMauriac.
No words can describe the profundity of this novel. As always, when I read such memoirs, I am left aghast at the horrors of the Holocaust. With this work in particular, I am left stunned at the miracle of Elie Wiesel's survival. I had tears in my eyes throughout the entirety of it, and because of the depth of emotion it invokes, it is one of the best memoirs ever written about the Holocaust.
Authentic, heartbreaking, real
That it was told by an author who experienced the horror.
When he brought his father a cup of coffee and his father enjoyed it so much that he smiled. In situations such as depicted in this book, simple things can bring such great pleasure.
No. For me, it was simply too much to take in all at once. I preferred it in small sittings.
Any nation can learn from this short volume what can come from complacence and the belief that "it can't happen to me".
This is a story about an awful time in man's history told from the perspective of a young man. It is a book that everyone should read. Poignant memories
Costume drama queen
When I was a young girl of 8 or 9 growing up in a small town, I was friends with a set of twin girls my age. Their mother was the first person I'd ever met with a foreign accent. I was also very aware of the small black numbers on her arm, but had no clue of the meaning.
I first read this book in the mid 70s for a religion class I took during summer semester in college. It was intriguing, thought provoking, but also deeply shocking. Man's inhumanity to man, and the Jews being deprived of the most basic needs, caused them to lose all cares about the things that matter most in life. I cannot begin to fathom what they endured, why they went like lambs to the slaughter, nor how the Germans could be so nonchalant towards other human suffering. Around the same time, another book I'd read, "Holocaust" had been made into a mini series on TV. All this piqued my interest in learning more about the plight of the Jews in Nazi Europe. I've read several books about Auschwitz and the other concentration camps over the years. When Mr. Wiesel passed away, I knew I must read it again in remembrance.
Mr. Guidall does an excellent job of storytelling. In fact, he does it to perfection.
This book should be required reading, if it isn't already. It's not as graphic as some I have read, but the human factor is the thing. The raw emotions. As the survivors slowly leave this earth, we must never forget what happened to them. How the world was changed. Lives stolen. Pure evil.
This was a devastating and enlightening book. Elie Wiesel's story about his time in a concentration camp, the loss of his family, and his loyalty to them until the end, was heartbreaking. What made this story unique was how many questions were raised about how people live through such suffering. The most interesting question that was woven into this book was: how do people who believe in God, and whose lives revolve around their belief in God, understand the holocaust? How does someone in a concentration camp lose the ones they love, and live through such brutality and suffering, continue to believe in God?