My daughter had to write a paper on this. I got the audio book so I could reaquaint myself with the book too, For such a slight volume it packs a brass knuckeld punch to human self deception. It destroys the fiction that hard times bring out the best in people instead of the worst, that god can save you from the hands of mere human cruelty, and that a sons love for a father is unassailable. Yet in the end there is a type of redemption for the living. If for no other reason that to be the one to tell the story.
This is a unique opportunity to read a first-hand account of what went on.
One Day In the Life of Ivan Denisovich is a similar book I found more interesting. You get a first-hand account of a Russian Goulag. I think that was a better read. The author goes into exceptional detail placing you there along with him.
I was a little disappointed in the book. I felt Elie Wiesel had a real opportunity to share much more than he did. I think it took a lot of courage to write what he did, but the book comes off a bit shallow to me. He almost speaks of the events he went through as though he’s giving a play by play account of his ordeal. I wish he had provided more insight to his feelings toward religion, his fellow man, his survival instincts, his ethics, morals. I suspect, if you were to go through something such as Mr Wiesel did, you would question and analyze everything you believed. He opened up a little bit, but I wanted to know much more. You can now get very good accounts of what happened on cable.
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Beautiful, I couldn't stop listening, How could this have happened. I have recommended to many others
This book is personal. and not just because it is autobiographical. I am not Jewish, but I sometimes say that I'm half Jewish. My best friend growing up (like since birth) was Jewish. One of her grandparents, or maybe a great grandparent had their Holocaust tattoo and didn't really talk about it. Maybe because we were so young? We were pretty much inseparable then. My best friend died two years ago of ALS, leaving a son and grieving family. I take stones to her grave in the Jewish tradition. What a beautiful thing to do.
So, this story, this history, ripped into my heart. Told in first person from a 16-year-old boy's perspective, Elie Wisel tells the story of being a Jew from the beginning of the Holocaust to the end. I decided to read it because my son had read it last year for school, and it was already in my audio library. He said it was good, but brutal. He was so right. All I can say is, read it. You need to know. I plan to read the next two books in the trilogy as well. I need to know.
Absolutely! I love history from the 1st person's point of view.
The fruit being brought to Elie...
Sad and hard to listen to at times.
This book awakened a new reverence for life in me. George Guidall was impeccable in this performance. Every nuance, every emotion was portrayed with sensitivity and resonance. I highly recommend this listen. Elie Wiesel makes the holocaust understandable for one who has always been uncomprehending of the depths to which human beings can sink. His treatment of this part of his life is poignant and believable.
I originally picked this up because my son was assigned to read it in high school and liked it so much he insisted I read it too. He was really interested in it since his grandpa is from Germany and escaped to America by sheer luck on one of the last ships that allowed jews to leave. This is a heartbreaking story, but one that has to be told. Everyone should read this story at least once. This book was so great that I read his other books which were just as good. I can't say enough good things about this book.
I cannot say that I would listen to night again, the only reservation being it is a very hard read. The disregard for humanity described in this book is heart wrenching.
The arrival at the first concentration camp, where Elie and his father are separated from their wife/mother and sister . The depiction of the chimneys of the crematorium are haunting.
The liberation of the camp
I could not listen in one sitting; it was necessary to take a break.
An incredibly powerful and moving account of the power of the human spirit. Moving, horrifying, terrifying, heart breaking. I am so glad I reread this moving book
Better than average. But I don't think he went into enough detail the horrors of life in a concentration camp.
That he survived.
The horrors seem to come more alive from his performance.
The part about his father. So sad.
It is book well worth getting. I just found it too short. I wanted more information.