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Night

By Elie Wiesel

Night
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  • Hardcover: Jan 2006,
    144 pages.
    Paperback: Jan 2006,
    144 pages.

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Mr. Cool Guy (01/10/08)

I give it 5 thumbs up, plus my own personal Hoorah!
Almost everyone has learned about the Holocaust in a history class at some point in time, but nothing compares to what we learn in Elie Wiesel’s novel Night. Night is Wiesel’s memoir of his account in both Auschwitz and Buna, which are two Nazi concentration camps. Night deals a lot with religion, death, appreciation for life, and memory.

Eliezer, who is 12 years old in the beginning of the book, grew up in a very religious small town: Sighet, Transylvania. He was a typical young boy, other than the fact that he was obsessed with learning about the cabbala. He had a normal life and a normal family, and he lived in a normal town. I liked that because I could easily relate to the young boy; he reminded me of myself when I was his age, other than studying the cabbala.

Religion plays a very big role in Night, because it seems like every Jewish person of this Jewish town is religious. They all believe in God, but after they are taken to the concentration camp, many of them start to question their religion, including Eliezer. When a young man is hanged on the gallows, one man asks “Where is your God now?” and Eliezer responds, “Where is He? Here He is-He is hanging here on this gallows….”

Some fall to hysteria because they know their chance of survival is very slim, but some, like Eliezer, stay strong and united to others, especially his father. Both Eliezer and his father lied about their ages so that they could stick together.

Wiesel’s tone is a very serious one, appropriately, to tell his horrifying story of survival, death, life, compassion and human instincts. The compassion comes into play when Eliezer’s father becomes ill, and everyone advises young Eleizer (Who is about 15 by this point) to just leave him and fend for himself, but Eleizer takes care of his father. Young Eleizer had to deal with so much that it’s almost impossible to imagine actually living through that.

There are no surprises or plot twists in this story, and you already know that he lives through it, because he wrote the book, but does his family live through it? If you want to learn more about the Holocaust, then this is the book for you. Regardless of what genre they normally read, most people can appreciate this book for its structure, and overall story. They may even come to like it much like I did, and by the end, you’ll feel as though you personally know Eliezer, and like you’ve actually lived through the Holocaust. I feel that one reason Wiesel wrote Night was so he could remind everybody that this actually happened and to help prevent it from happening again. What’s the point of reading this book if you can’t learn from it?
Sarah (01/10/08)

Night by Elie Wiesel is filled with sadness and hopelessness. In the story Eliezer explains the emotion and fear of his experience in great detail, “Never shall I forget that night.” Night is a biography based on a first hand experience in the Holocaust. Wiesel’s writing style is very descriptive and plays on the reader’s emotions. It is very thought provoking and is full of despair and an internal loss of hope. “From the depths of the mirror, a corpse gazed back at me.” I loved this book because it gives you a true picture of what the Holocaust was really like. It shows you what happened through Eliezer’s eyes. He makes you realize what can happen to you if you were to experience a life-changing event.

I think that it was truly amazing and terrible how great masses of people would actually get involved together and harm other certain individuals. Elie Wiesel was a spokesperson for humanity and spoke out for all of the survivors of the Holocaust. He wrote forty other international works of fiction and non-fiction. He also was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the American Congressional Gold Metal. He is currently a professor at Boston University. I think that this book was amazing and should defiantly be read by anyone interested in learning more about the Holocaust.

[This review has been edited both for length and to remove plot spoilers]
Tyler Young (01/10/08)

Night by Elie Wiesel
I did not live during the Holocaust or even have a sense of what went on during the period Night by Elie Wiesel was written. This story is about the survival of Elie himself and his father. Imagine a world completely different from today, not knowing what tomorrow will bring or when you will get a nibble of bread and a little bit of soup.

As I read, I felt the author was playing with my emotions. I did not have to put the book down or close my eyes to picture the events; they kept playing out in my mind like I was watching a movie. For a few pages you may be angry or feel the pain of living in a concentration camp, maybe this is the reason why the book won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.

The struggle of not one person, but two plays out in this story. Elie and his father keep from being split up. All they have is each other, no possessions, not even a pair of shoes. Imagine how your life would be without the possessions you call necessities.

This story of Night also shows how stress can change people’s minds: to go from caring to not caring and not even realize it. Wiesel mentioned a time where he could not find his father. “Don’t let me find him! If I could only get rid of this dead weight, so that I could use all of my strength to struggle for my own survival, and only worry about myself.” Suddenly the thing most important to you goes to the back of your mind, even if it was your own father, as in Wiesel’s case. Wiesel also started to doubt God. As the book went on he did not believe in God because of what was happening to everyone around him.

Wiesel kept me reading and imagining what I would have done in his situation especially having your life in the hands of other people, I kept wondering what I would do. You eat when they say, you work when they say, and you sleep when they say. To see things you never thought a person could do to another will be enough to keep you wondering how this book ends.

The thought of seeing everyone around you a breath away from death gave me a chill. Wiesel mentioned not seeing himself in the mirror for quite sometime. When he was finally able to see himself he saw an image he will never forget. “From the depths of the mirror, a corpse gazed back at me. The look in his eyes, as they stared into mine, has never left me.” I could keep telling you more, but I want you to read the book and feel the emotions the story gave me.
Bri (12/18/07)

This book will change the way you veiw things
This book is about the time Elie Wiesel goes through holocaust. He talks about the horrible things he goes through and sees. He also talks about how he starved and the cruelty of work. It makes you think that you are so grateful to have a family, decent clothing, and food. It also makes you feel how important it is to have a family and how you should cherish this.
Micah Yoder (12/11/07)

Uber Good!
Night is the kind of book that makes you want to read it again,again,again,again,and again!
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