If wearing a yellow star is not lethal, of what then father did you die? This question is the crux of this penetating memoir of the nightmare we call the Holocaust. Elie Wiesel's Night, is a memoir that blurs the lines between chronicle, and novel. Wiesel use the night as a metaphor to describe his ordeal as young boy whose family and culture are uprooted and plunged into the nightmare of Auschwitz. It is a story of a surreal existence, suffering, deprivation, and despair. Through Elies eyes, we witness babies being murdered, men being executed, and the death of God Himself. While the rest of the world remained silent. (You must appreciate the fact that during and immediately after the war, the Holocaust was not a popular topic as it is today.) This book is so unnerving, the reader compelled to respond. This book will not just entertain, it will not just inform, it will provoke you into thinking about humanity in ways no other book will. Let Elie Wiesel shake you up out of your sleep, and show you why you must listen, and why you must act, to make sure the Holocaust never happens again.
This was a well written and read story about a very sad subject. It was not told in a way that was too dramatic and I'm glad I listened.
I scanned some reviews here and I see that others have said it more eloquently than I can, but I had to post my five-star review. I just finished this and it was an absolutely stunning book. I wondered ahead of time if such a very short book would tell me anything about this time that I hadn't heard before, but indeed I've never heard anything like this. Short, eloquent, and narrated by a voice that was absolutely perfect, it packed a huge punch, and left me thinking deeply about my love for my family and for others. As the author says, no one who has not experienced something like the camps can imagine it, but the book gave me a hint of the limits of human endurance, and left me thinking about how to better love my fellows in this world. One of the best listens/reads of all time for me.
This Novel is like no other. Although the experiences described were felt by many, each story is uniquely different. That is certainly the case for Elie Wiesel and his account of Night. I was hooked on the narrator's voice immediately. I was brought to that moment in time and felt as if I were right beside Elie and his family. The words and stories are real. He has chosen the right words to express the horror of Auschwitz. It is a master piece in its own right. The victims and survivors and their families of The Holocaust will NEVER be forgotten.
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
This book is astonishing in its ability to capture the horror of Nazi occupation and the life of the people whose lives and spirits the occupation threatened to destroy- but also a glimmer of hope that kept some spirits alive. Hard to stomach but well worth the listen.
I just couldn't stop listening to this incredible story....I found it was a memoir that was sensitively written and will no doubt be painful for many to listen to. Beautifully narrated by Guidall, it's a compulsory read so we may never forget the atrocities that occurred to so many.