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)
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.
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.
I like history, non fiction and fantasy genres. Favorite authors (so far): Robert Jordan, Ken Follett, George Martin, Gregory Roberts, Khaled Hoseini, Ayn Rand
Elie Wiesel did a great job putting everything in words what he went through. The narrator was perfect and very haunting at times. Will definitely recommend.
I am a WWII junckie and this book put me in the mind, soul and body of a person in a cencentration camp. I can just imagine the pain and the suffering that the author went through. This book must be taught in all history classes.
I like autumn night times. Curtains drawn. The dim lamp. Chaired with a book. Fireside hours. A warm peace.
Basically, this gives an account of what happened only to the author. Although, I'm sure a lot of details were left out for various reasons, the book still gave insight to what the victims were feeling at the time and the jolt of having their lives interrupted. Judging by some of the other reviews, I expected it to include more descriptions of what went on, but found that it didn't satisfy my craving for gory details. Yes, I know how that sounds, but hey...to each their own. This is not a feel good story and don't expect to walk away smiling.
I have a DLitt and Phil Degree which must imply a level of discernment? I just clocked over at 60. The significance is that I have read a whole lot of books. I'm now revisiting some of my all time favourites - and enjoying some first time round books. Books are my friends. Audible is JUST AMAZING - takes me back to pre -TV days, with my ear pressed to a crackly transistor radio - but now SO MUCH better and more 'classy' from a Kindle!
Nothing extra-ordinary. The Schindler List angle brings a more 'human' edge to the theme. Seemed (as is probably inevitable) quite mechanical. Just a series of facts and actions - missing the emotions, depth and perspectives that could enrich the topic. The desire to keep the holocaust 'alive' to avoid repeats doesn't succeed as well as books where the central characters form attachments e.g. Mila 18 Leon Uris and present a richer more human face. A Mans Search for Meaning Victor Frankl slant could have enriched this book, which seemed more of a framework than 'the book'...
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