Night is an unmistakably autobiographical account of the author's own gruesome experiences in Nazi Germany's death camps. Told through the eyes of 14-year-old Eliezer, the tragic fate of the Jews from the little town of Sighet unfolds with a heart-wrenching inevitability. Even as they are stuffed into cattle cars bound for Auschwitz, the townspeople refuse to believe rumors of anti-Semitic atrocities. Not until they are marched toward the blazing crematory at the camp's "reception center" does the terrible truth sink in.
Recounting the evils at Auschwitz and Buchenwald, Wiesel's enduring classic of Holocaust literature raises questions of continuing significance for all future generations: How could man commit these horrors, and could such an evil ever be repeated?
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©1972, 1985 Elie Wiesel
Originally published in 1958 by Les Editions de Minuit
Translation ©2006 by Marion Wiesel
Preface to the New Translation ©2006 Elie Wiesel
(P)2006 Recorded Books LLC
"[A] slim volume of terrifying power." (The New York Times)
Audiobooks changed my life. My career as a trial lawyer left no time for recreational anything, much less reading. But then . . .
It is now time to revisit the "Jewish Holocaust" but this time, not from movies, not form interviews if observers or even survivors, but from several years of slavery and imprisonment at not just Auschwitz, but at several other of the 40,000 Nazi death camps as well, of a 16 year-old-boy recounting the experience from the inside out and tells a story of evil, cruelty and horror occurring daily before his child's eyes. This story was in print 50 years ago, but it was in a time when the truth of this tragic time was too fresh and too difficult for many if not most to fully face. Now with this magnificent "new" translation it can be and should be. It is with much satisfaction that it has become "must reading" at universities everywhere.
A true story that fills the reader with horror more than any work of fiction, 'Night' is required reading for any student of man's sordid history. The writing is simple and powerful, pared to its barest to evoke the sense of place, of misery, of torment, and ultimately of endurance.
Guidall's narration is perfect, and is as haunting and memorable as the subject matter itself.
The book is a stunning testament to a boy's desire to survive the horror of the Nazi concentration camps.
In addition to the book, I enjoyed hearing Weisel's Nobel speech, the forward about the origin of the Night, and the essay by deMauriac.
No words can describe the profundity of this novel. As always, when I read such memoirs, I am left aghast at the horrors of the Holocaust. With this work in particular, I am left stunned at the miracle of Elie Wiesel's survival. I had tears in my eyes throughout the entirety of it, and because of the depth of emotion it invokes, it is one of the best memoirs ever written about the Holocaust.
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".
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