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Dawn (1961)

by Elie Wiesel

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A small book in size, but enormous in power. A must read. ( )
  CherieKephart | Aug 3, 2017 |
Amazon's Description: 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.

The book is almost exclusively the thoughts and feelings of Elisha during one long night. In the end, this didn't have the immense impact on me as Wiesel's horrific "Night." ( )
  LeslieHurd | Jan 11, 2017 |
Thought provoking, interesting, sad... ( )
  Nataliec7 | Oct 31, 2016 |
Review: Dawn by Elie Wiesel. It was not anything like I thought it would be. The first book “Night” was a true story. This one was a fiction with some truth to small parts of the story. It was hard keeping my mind off from the first book knowing what he and his family went through. This book goes on when he turned eighteen and making the story go in another direction.

Now he was a young Jewish Holocaust survivor living as a terrorist in a British- controlled Palestine. He was ordered to kill a captain English officer at dawn. He was becoming the executioner and not the victim.

After what Elie Wiesel had gone through as a survivor of the death camps it was hard knowing and accepting he placed his character, Elisha in between the horrors of his past and the disturbing dilemmas of the present, wrestling with the guilt, ghosts, and God as he awaits the appointed hour for his act of assassination. He had placed himself at the other end of the gun and fought with his thoughts throughout the book.

The book was good but a tough eighty pages to the end while acknowledging the true victim he was in the first book. This time, he became the villain in the second book. I wonder what the third book will bring…….
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
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 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0809037726, Paperback)

“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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