I was hesitant to purchase this book at first because I wasn't sure if it would be entertaining or depressing, but it was both. There is a good story here. But it is set aside a backdrop too terrible to believe. Of course the Holocaust happened, we have so much evidence of it... but the extent of this insanity is just so hard to imagine for those of us who grew up in a rational world. This story is not played for melodrama, just stated as fact, which helps with the belief.
However, I was left wanting more of a conclusion. In this latest translation the publisher could have embellished and expanded. In fact, in the afterword the author mentions in the original Hebrew text he had written more. I wish they had included all of it.
The narration was very good, it suited the material.
This was one of those life changing stories with masterful narration of George Guidall. *** Read Unabridged and capture all the authors thoughtful insights ***
This is a difficult story and hard to hear. There were times I wanted to know more, but also had to turn it off as I was in over-load.
I know it is supposed to be a brilliant book. The ending was lacking and it left me just empty. I guess that was the point.
The way the author writes his experience of the holocaust is so touching, that Your life will not be the same. We must never let the horror of the concentration camps be forgotten.
Every person who can speak and read...on the globe...should take a look at the horror of just a few years ago...and remember. Narriation was very good!
George Guidall delivers a very powerful narration on a very powerful subject. I met a man whose story closely resembles that in this book, and I was profoundly touched by the man's indominable spirit. I asked him if there were any movies that came close to describing, to helping people understand, the atrocities he was forced to endure. He said that none exists. This maybe the closest one will ever get to seeing the holocaust through the eyes of a boy in such a poignant way. By the end, I felt ashamed to be part of a human race that could allow such horrific events to occur. It was everything I expected it to be. I highly recommend this book.
Air Force Vet(1971-1974) retired NYC corrections officer.
After reading the other customer reviews I don't feel I can add anything more on the power of this book, a must read.
Elie Wiesel is able to ravish your heart and mind and to bring them to the dark world of incomprehensible. He is able to give a shape to the unspeakable, as much as it is possible to define the darkness that envelopes one of the most horrible chapter of human kind history.
I’m glad this book is read in many high schools in the US. Reading it, trying to understand it, commenting it, learning the precious lessons it teaches is our contribution to the defeat of the Night, our contribution to not killing a second time the victims of the Shoa. Whoever forget, whoever doesn’t want to remember, to teach to the next generation this incomprehensible horrible chapter of our history, become an ally of the darkness.
This book is not only a precious witness; it is also a deep and touching story of a young boy who suddenly found himself abandoned by his certainties, his faith, his G-d.
I read this book many times (this is actually the first time I listen to it) and every time it deeply shakes me and let me learn something new and more profound.