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Night (Oprah's Book Club) (original 1955; edition 2006)

by Elie Wiesel

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Title:Night (Oprah's Book Club)
Authors:Elie Wiesel
Info:Hill and Wang (2006), Paperback, 144 pages
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Night by Elie Wiesel (1955)

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Night by Elie Wiesel is a breathtaking book which shows the harsh reality of what happened in the Holocaust in World War II. This book had a big effect on me after reading it due to how descriptive and real it was. I could never imagine the awful conditions and terrible effects the survivors had to live with. The whole event is horrible, and I wish that it could have never happened. The amount of people treated cruelly and the amount of people who were murdered at those concentration camps is truly unimaginable. This is not a book that anyone should sit down to read with the hopes of loving and enjoying it. That is just totally not the point Elie had in writing it. It was written with the hopes of portraying the unthinkable horrific events that took place in Germany during the time of the second world war. I believe every high school student should have to read this with no exceptions. This tragedy did not need to happen, and cannot happen again. It was very inhumane. This book allowed the reader to experience the entire event without having been there. It takes you through the story of a specific family in the Holocaust,and it makes you feel like you are there too. ( )
  kristinjaspers | Jan 22, 2015 |
A concise but gripping Holocaust narrative, one of the earliest such that is really one of the standard texts. It is the young Hungarian Jew's account of his life in the ghetto in Sighet, with its growing restrictions and oppressions; transport to Auschwitz, where he was separated from his mother and sister, whom he never saw again; removal with his father to a minor camp Buna where they were until the Soviet advance caused Buna's inmates to be sent on a death march to Buchenwald, on which many died; then the final time there, during which his father died, and starvation and disease threatened to wipe out the few remaining survivors. The narrative is sparse and all the more effective for it; the book is only 115 pages but leaves a powerful impression on the mind of the reader, with particular examples of this being especially the author's increasing sense of sheer helplessness including his loss of faith in any kind of God, and the growing dehumanisation of the victims, as they end up starving and frozen, and fighting each other for scraps of bread. ( )
  john257hopper | Jan 18, 2015 |
I remember reading this book in high school and it had a profound effect on me. There were several scenes from the book that still haunt me to this day. If even a part of this book is accurate, our society is doomed. ( )
  sealford | Dec 31, 2014 |
Born in the town if Sighet, Transylvania, Elie Wiesel was a teenager when he and his family were taken in 1944 to the Auschwitz concentration camp, and then to Buchenwald. It's the terrifying record of Elie Wiesel's memories of the death of his family, the death of his own innocence, and his despair as a deeply observant Jew confronting the absolute evil of man. This new translation by his wife and most frequent translator, Marian Wiesel, corrects important details and presents the most accurate rendering in English of Elie Wiesel's testimony to what happened in the camps and of his unforgettable message that this horror must never be allowed to happen again. ( )
  jepeters333 | Dec 28, 2014 |
Night by Elie Wiesel is a breath taking novel, filled with compassion, detailed telling's of a tragic history, and an untouchable love bursting between every chapter. It is certainly worth reading. It's definitely worth buying. ( )
  Tannaii | Dec 19, 2014 |
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[Wiesel's] slim volume of terrifying power is the documentary of a boy - himself- who survived the "Night" that destroyed his parents and baby sister, but lost his God.
 

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Elie Wieselprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bláhová, AlenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brown, Robert McAfeePrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mauriac, FrançoisForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rodway, StellaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wiesel, MarionTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In memory of my parents and of my little sister, Tzipora -- E.W.
This new translation in memory of my grandparents, Abba, Sarah and Nachman, who also vanished into that night -- M.W.
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They called him Moshe the Beadle, as though he had never had a surname in his life.
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At about six o'clock in the evening, the first American tank stood at the gates of Buchenwald. Our first act as free men was to throw ourselves onto the provisions. We thought only of that. Not of revenge, not of our families. Nothing but bread. And even when we were no longer hungry, there was still no one who thought of revenge.
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An incredible reaccounting of one boy's experience in the horrific hand's of the Nazi's in WWII. Elie Wiesl, a fourteen-year-old Jewish boy, is captured by the German Nazis and forced to do and experience unimaginable things. This story is unforgettable and heart-wrenching as we are able to zoom in and watch an innocent boy be mistreated and abused in the hands of the evil Nazis. Alhough terribly sad, this book sheds a light on some of the most horrific actions of man and is told in such a powerful way that a reader could not simply forget this story; that is why it made the top ten on my list.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0374500010, Paperback)

In Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel's memoir Night, a scholarly, pious teenager is wracked with guilt at having survived the horror of the Holocaust and the genocidal campaign that consumed his family. His memories of the nightmare world of the death camps present him with an intolerable question: how can the God he once so fervently believed in have allowed these monstrous events to occur? There are no easy answers in this harrowing book, which probes life's essential riddles with the lucid anguish only great literature achieves. It marks the crucial first step in Wiesel's lifelong project to bear witness for those who died.

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Born in the town of Sighet, Transylvania, Elie Wiesel was a teenager when he and his family were taken from their home in 1944 to the Auschwitz concentration camp, and then to Buchenwald. [This book] is the terrifying record of Elie Wiesel's memories of the death of his family, the death of his own innocence, and his despair as a deeply observant Jew confronting the absolute evil of man.… (more)

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