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Dawn by Elie Wiesel

Dawn (1961)

by Elie Wiesel

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You could tell Wiesel was definitely the author of this work, it didn't strike me with the raw emotions Night had. I know the content was completely different, but I couldn't connect with the characters in the same way. It was still well written and I'm glad I read it. Would read again. 4 out of 5 stars. ( )
  Beammey | Jan 2, 2016 |
Two men wait through the night in British-controlled Palestine for dawn--and for death. One is a captured English officer. The other is Elisha, a young Israeli freedom fighter whose assignment is to kill the officer in reprisal for Britain's execution of a Jewish prisoner. Elisha's past is the nightmare memory of Nazi death camps. He is the only surviving member of his family. His future is a cherished dream of life in the promised homeland. But at daybreak his present will become the tortured reality of a principled man ordered to commit cold-blooded murder. Resonant with feeling, Dawn is an unforgettable journey into the human heart--and an eloquent statement about the moral basis of the new Israel."
  FriendsLibraryFL | Sep 6, 2014 |
It wasn't quite like Night. It was more like a short story than a novel. I wanted to know more about both David ben Moshe and John Dawson. I think the characters backgrounds could have been developed more. Still, Weisel as always points out the reality of human nature and makes us all question ourselves. ( )
  Laurie.Schultz | Mar 15, 2014 |
A riveting story told by a survivor of a concentration camp who struggles with his conscience as he is called on to be an executioner. ( )
  charlie68 | Aug 20, 2013 |
This is the story of just one night, the night that a young man contemplates his task at dawn: killing a British soldier in retaliation for the death of an Israeli terrorist on the same morning. He thinks deeply on how his past brought him here and how this act will affect him in the future. A gripping and thoughtful book. ( )
  gbelik | Aug 13, 2013 |
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“The author…has built knowledge into artistic fiction.”—The New York Times Book Review

Elisha is a young Jewish man, a Holocaust survivor, and an Israeli freedom fighter in British-controlled Palestine; John Dawson is the captured English officer he will murder at dawn in retribution for the British execution of a fellow freedom fighter. The night-long wait for morning and death provides Dawn, Elie Wiesel’s ever more timely novel, with its harrowingly taut, hour-by-hour narrative. Caught between the manifold horrors of the past and the troubling dilemmas of the present, Elisha wrestles with guilt, ghosts, and ultimately God as he waits for the appointed hour and his act of assassination. Dawn is an eloquent meditation on the compromises, justifications, and sacrifices that human beings make when they murder other human beings.

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Deals with the conflicts and thoughts of a young Jewish concentration-camp veteran as he prepares to assassinate a British hostage in occupied Palestine.

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