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.
My child was assigned this book for an English class. She read it and I listened to the Audiobook so we could discuss it.
I found this to be a poor example of a story for the Holocaust. Of the many great books on the time and topic I found this story to be empty of any redeeming quality.
When I think of all the great stories to come from that time that show the people who were quiet heros. People who were examples of faith, compassion and selflessness. Stories that we know and so many more that were never told, only experienced by those who were there.
This book basically reflects the history and situation of the German Jewish people during the development and execution of the Holocust period. However, it does not create any redeeming relationship with the characters. They show the most basic of human qualities and most of those are the bad qualities. If that is the goal of the author I would see it as a wasted exercise. There are enough examples of this in everyday life as well through out history.
The author shows a grim story of a young man as he bit-by-bit loses his faith due to the actions and circumstances around him. This is human. This is understandable. As a story it is not valuable without the redemption of a purpose. This story did not relate a tangible purpose to me.
I see nothing in this story to promote the touted "never again" theme of the author other then to describe the inhuman, inhumane, apocalyptic circumstances that were present at that time. The abhorrent and unholy actions of the Germany military and government are reflected here but it is shown as nothing more than a reflection of the darkness of the event.
I would recommend any number of other books. This one was an empty shell in my opinion.
The aftermath of reading this book can only be described as a haunting, indelible mark upon the reader's day, week, or life. While in itself the writing is simple and at times all too concise, this book mercilessly brings those generations born in the safety of today into the horrors of survival in the Holocaust. As always, Guidall uses his masterful understanding of storytelling to bring an already vivid piece of literature into our world. While I may not recommend this as a light read, anyone who has sought out the feeling of a survivor need look no further.
This is a short, must read. Every bit as important and moving as the Diary of Anne Frank. Perhaps more important because its aperture of experience is broader.