Wow, Night is a powerful and sad first person account of the horror and atrocity of the concentration camp experience. If you read one book on the subject - make it this one. This book says it all.
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.
This book shook me to the core. It's concise and to the point. What happened to Elie Wiesel is difficult to accept yet his incisive narration leaves no alternative but to open your heart and mind to the horrific atrocities we are capable of inflicting on each other. I am so grateful Mr. Wiesel was willing to share his story.
Resides in Elkton, M.D. (but my heart belongs in Upstate, N.Y.)
Listen To Me!
The way the son admits his failings (humanity) with his father.
If you're old enough to remember, maybe your grandparents were there or you were taught about it in school.You never forget.
Excellent read. I read this in high school and thought I would benefit from reading it again. Too often we get caught up in "poor me." This book helps to bring that all back into perspective.
I've always wanted to read this book, and I even have my dad's copy here in my own home, but I never got around to it. This was a great book, and it was performed beautifully. The story was written so well, I was envisioning the whole thing as the reader was speaking. This was a truly amazing story about a truly horrifying time in the history of our world.