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.
Wiesel simply tells the horrifying facts, and we need this information so that we can begin to understand the Holocaust. I was never bored or emotionally overwhelmed listening to this book--just completely engaged. The reader is familiar to me and one of my favorites.
I have loved listing to books on tape for years,This book is so moving that I find it hard to beleave that there are still people in this world that beleave that this story is a made up account. every person in the world should read this book and then make a donation to an orgination anyone that keeps this from happening again.
I bought this more because of it being an Oprah's choice than really "wanting" to read about this topic. Her suggestions are excellent, and this one was no different. This is an important subject and it is good to be reminded of past atrocities, so they hopefully will not be repeated in the future.
Certainly the author did an excellent job of conveying his experiences. Some of the content is so subtle, I had to "rewind" to hear it again to make sure I heard it correctly. The narrator did a wonderful job. His inflections fit the emotion of the scenes perfectly.
The material is not new, nor does it bring about any different perspective. But it is significant. This should be on a required reading list in everyone's life.
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
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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.