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)
An incredibly powerful and moving account of the power of the human spirit. Moving, horrifying, terrifying, heart breaking. I am so glad I reread this moving book
Better than average. But I don't think he went into enough detail the horrors of life in a concentration camp.
That he survived.
The horrors seem to come more alive from his performance.
The part about his father. So sad.
It is book well worth getting. I just found it too short. I wanted more information.
Reading is one of life's greatest pleasures...and, now that I've found audiobooks, I can read even while performing mundane tasks!
Part of me wonders why this powerful book didn't pop up on any of my required reading lists in high school, college and grad school. At the same time, I'm glad I read it for the first time (in the form of this audiobook) after having acquired basic knowledge of the holocaust over the years, because I don't know how I would have handled the experience as, say, an unprepared teen in a high school English class. Then again, perhaps this book should be required reading precisely because it is so powerful. Its lessons surely cannot be forgotten, and they're such important lessons. I was intrigued with the author's frank handling of the subject of faith. And I was captivated by the additional texts attached to the main reading: Wiesel's Nobel Prize speech, his preface to the new translation (Weisel's wife's translation), etc., and I was glad they're presented after the main text reading (since much of what happens in the main text is referred to in these additional texts). George Guidall's narration is moving and real. There were times when I thought I could "hear" tears in his eyes.
Night by Elie Wiesel together with VIctor Frank's Man's Search For Meaning are two of the most important books I have ever read. Whenever I begin to feel sorry for myself, relistening to either helps me keep my life in perspective. These two men together with many of the characters described in their books give new meaning to the term "man's indomitable spirit". Mr. Wiesel was so honest about his innermost thoughts and feelings as he and his father attempted to endure the daily horrors of concentration camp life that I was continously asking myself how I would have reacted under similar conditions. Frankly, I too often found myself coming up short in my comparative predictions. Mr. Wiesel and Dr. Frankl have definitely become two role models that have made me a better man.
Perhaps one of the most powerful audio experiences I have ever had. In fact, this reading, both the text itself and George G.'s reading of it have effected me profoundly. I had never read the book before. It has been on my "to read" list for many years. There is no question that I would have been a much different man had I read this sooner in life.
I am not Jewish. But all decent non-Jews should make an imperative effort to read and know this book. Each person who does can only walk away from it knowing that they too will not forget what happened and will feel empowered to know they themselves will never let it happen again.
This book was a book my son a freshman in high school was required to read so we both listen to it and we both enjoyed. For my son I think it is important to know about a very dark time in history.
I really enjoyed listening to this audio book. Being of polish descent, and hearing the stories in Night were so very close to home for me and again it makes me realise how lucky and blessed i am. That terrible dark period was awfull for the people who lived to tell there story. May god bless them all.
This Book will grip you as it did me. I was amazed at the strength the human spirit has to rise above the evil that the Nazi's could inflict on fellow human beings. You will enjoy this book all the way through and be a better person having listened to the Jews struggle during the reign of the Nazi's.
This was a great book. I'm so glad I took the time to purchase it. The narrator added so much, I will remember this story of tragic loss foever.
This story should never be forgotten, and this author wove a tragic account of what it meant to be Jewish during WWII, with a bittersweet rememberance of a childs love for his elders
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