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AKA The Accident ( )
  phollis68 | Apr 9, 2019 |
I recall this novel being vivid; not refracted through memory or parable. The couple in the novel went to see the film adaptation of Brothers Karamzaov. That's odd to recall those detail after 18 years. ( )
  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
I felt like this novel was about life and happiness rather than death and despair, but that really depends on how you choose to focus on it. The preface poses an important question about the will to live and how we perceive life after experiencing death. I think Day was a great complement to Night and would recommend it to anybody that enjoyed Night. ( )
  startwithgivens | Mar 21, 2018 |
Review: Day by Elie Wiesel. Very good sequel to “Dawn“ the second book of this trilogy. I liked the true story of the first book and the connection of the Author’s character and his thoughts written to create the other two as novels. Elie Wiesel wanted the last two books to present another way of living after he was away from the death camps. As in the second book he was the terrorist and not the victim.

This last book was great. It was only 102 pages so I read it in one sitting. In this book he portrayed his character of possibility having a suicidal impulse throughout the story. The ghost of his past haunted him to no end. He had no future or even a honest present. He lied to all and was good hiding in his suffocating thoughts. There was one person who got to know him well.--- Kathleen…..

“One evening Kathleen told him she couldn’t believe in the integrity of his love”.
“You claim you love me but you keep suffering. You say you love me in the present but you’re still living in the past. You tell me you love me but you refuse to forget. The truth is that I am nothing to you. I don’t count. What counts is the past. Not ours: yours. I try to make you happy: an image strikes your memory and it is all over. You are no longer there. The image is stronger than I. You think I don’t know? You think your silence is capable of hiding the hell you carry within you?”

I explained to her: a man who tells a woman he thinks he loves, “I love you and shall love you forever; may I die if I stop loving you.” believes it……And yet one day he sounds his heart and finds it empty. And he stays alive. He cannot forget. The images are there in front of his eyes. “I think if I were able to forget I would hate myself. We are nothing but suffering, shame, and guilt. We feel ashamed and guilty to be alive, to eat as much bread as we want, to wear good, warm socks in the winter. It’s inevitable. Anyone who has been there has brought back some of humanity’s madness“.

This was said between the two of them the night before the “accidental” brush with a taxi cab as he step off the curb…….
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
Day was a dark exploration about the guilt that those who survived the Holocaust experience. It was a fictional account of a man who is hit by a cab and seriously wounded. While he is in the hospital, the reader finds out about his past and his present. This man seems to be existing but not truly capable of experiencing life. In the end, I am left with a lot of questions. Will he begin to live again? Will he truly allow another human to enter his life? Will he stay with Kathleen? Will his past continue to prevent his future? ( )
  MelAnnC | Feb 28, 2016 |
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"I was once more struck by the truth of the ancient saying: Man's heart is a ditch full of blood. The loved ones who have died throw themselves down on the bank of this ditch to drink the blood and so come to life again; the dearer they are to you, the more of your blood they drink." -Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek
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The accident occurred on an evening in July, right in the heart of New York, as Kathleen and I were crossing the street to go to see the movie The Brothers Karamazov.
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Day, also published as The Accident.
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Day (originally published in 1962 as The Accident) is a novel involving a Holocaust survivor who is hit by a taxi in New York City, and is the third book of a trilogy about the Holocaust.
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"Not since Albert Camus has there been such an eloquent spokesman for man." --The New York Times Book Review

The publication of Day restores Elie Wiesel's original title to the novel initially published in English as The Accident and clearly establishes it as the powerful conclusion to the author's classic trilogy of Holocaust literature, which includes his memoir Night and novel Dawn. "In Night it is the 'I' who speaks," writes Wiesel. "In the other two, it is the 'I' who listens and questions."

In its opening paragraphs, a successful journalist and Holocaust survivor steps off a New York City curb and into the path of an oncoming taxi. Consequently, most of Wiesel's masterful portrayal of one man's exploration of the historical tragedy that befell him, his family, and his people transpires in the thoughts, daydreams, and memories of the novel's narrator. Torn between choosing life or death, Day again and again returns to the guiding questions that inform Wiesel's trilogy: the meaning and worth of surviving the annihilation of a race, the effects of the Holocaust upon the modern character of the Jewish people, and the loss of one's religious faith in the face of mass murder and human extermination.

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This new edition of Day restores Elie Wiesel's original title to the novel initially published in English as The Accident, introducing a narrator who grapples with the experience of being a Holocaust survivor in a world still fraught with tragedy and navet. When he is struck by a taxicab in Times Square, he faces weeks of hospitalization. Having narrowly escaped death once again, he begins to reflect on the most significant relationships of his life, including his current love affair with a woman who shares many of his fears. Unfolding in vivid flashbacks, Day illuminates the prism of one survivor's shattered will to live.… (more)

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