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.
"The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why" Mark Twain
This book is raw, and sadly very real. The thought of some of the things described in this book makes me cringe, and yet I would not hesitate to recommend this book as required reading for everyone. It reminds us of what men are capable of doing and the undying strength of the human spirit.
The book is a history of one mans (then a boy) journey into Auschwitz-Birkenau. A journey that VERY few lived to tell about. Elie Wiesel has lived an inspirational life (he's still alive) and has written several other books. I encourage anyone who has the time to take a minute and Google him - he's truly an amazing man.
After finishing the book, I told my wife some of the things I had learned. She stopped me before I could finish - it was too graphic. And it is graphic, and it is real. But it's my opinion that we need to realize that this really happened. We all know that millions of people were killed in these concentration camps, but what we sometimes forget is that these were real life people, each an individual with a story of their own. It's books like this that bring some of those individuals back to life.
My taste vary. I love a good, blood stained horror, but also a well written kids story. Lots of Sci-Fi, but also Hist. Fiction. No boring!!!
I am almost speechless. This is one of those times when you are so emotionally affected that words can not explain. I believe this is required reading in some schools and I applaud those schools. I would rather read horror as fiction, so I can tell myself that it is fiction. This is true, which makes the horror hard to bare. Everyone should read a non-fiction book about the Holocaust, Apartheid, slavery, war, or torture, just to keep them grounded about once a year. We need to be reminded and our young people need to learn and not forget.
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
Perhaps one of the most powerful audio experiences I have ever had. In fact, this reading, both the text itself and George G.'s reading of it have effected me profoundly. I had never read the book before. It has been on my "to read" list for many years. There is no question that I would have been a much different man had I read this sooner in life.
I am not Jewish. But all decent non-Jews should make an imperative effort to read and know this book. Each person who does can only walk away from it knowing that they too will not forget what happened and will feel empowered to know they themselves will never let it happen again.
I was naturally very moved by this well-crafted and devastating book It’s commendable for handling such an unwieldy topic with great economy. It uses relatively few though well-chosen words to convey mind boggling ideas and experiences. The whole tale is told in just about four hours. By the end of those four hours however you’ll feel as if you’d been taken to Auschwitz and Buchenwald and experienced them yourself.
It’s hard to believe how profoundly significant events like this can be forgotten. But over time even the most unbelievable outrages fade and grow quiet as they recede into the past. I agree with other reviewers that it’s important that young people hear these stories and understand that the horrible extents to which men and women will go to be inhuman to their fellow men and women.
George Guidall is one of my favourite narrators and a fabulous choice for this book (or any with an Eastern European angle, for that matter).
I really enjoyed the author’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech and the forward to the revised English edition of the book, which are included at the end of the book. These were moving and relevant, too. I’m glad there were added.
PS: I won’t comment on events involving the author later in his life except to say that they sadly seem to be at odds with the core sentiments of this book. Age does funny things to us all, I guess.
PPS: A family friend, who would have been about the same age as the author, was in the same camps (except the first one, Buna?) and while listening a shiver went up my spine when I thought of him there experiencing what the author experienced.
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.