Reading allows me to travel through time; to visit the world's unique and stunning places. To become somebody I am not... It is glorious.
Upon Mr. Wiesel's death I decided it was finally time to read his memoir. My children read it in middle school, but I had never read it. I knew it would be moving, and I knew it would affect me deeply. It did. And perhaps it is unfair to compare a memoir to historical fiction, but two of my top 5 favorite books of all time are Winds of War and War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk, and I found Night to be less powerful than either of those books. For that reason I am giving it 4.5 stars.
Gerge Guidall, like always, is superb. His narration is subtle, quiet, and perfectly timed. His voice gives life to the words on the page and at one point I even looked back to the website to confirm that it was him rather the author himself reading the book. It is so well done that it feels like the author is telling his own story. Excellent.
Deeply moving. Terribly sad. But if you are afraid to read this--it is not traumatizing. Few have had the eloquence or insight to write about that darkness that descended over Europe as Elie Wiesel in Night. Everyone should read this book.
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.
I bought this for a student who is an auditory learner. I had previously read the book. today's generation needs to know that such horrors are possible and do everything to prevent them.
I read every book my high school daughter has to read. I dreaded having to read this book and put it off till I could no longer. And then I could not put it down. His voice, his choice of words, tone and honest feelings leapt out at me and stuck deep into my soul. I have changed how I think as a result of reading his book. After the book ended There was more on the audio book. Listening to his speech for the Nobel prize, then parts of the original Yiddish version translated, then the essay all added to and depended my experience in processing his book Night. I read this because of my daughter's class to help her...but in reality it helped me! Thank you Elie