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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing true story succintly told
This personal account of the holocaust by Elie Wiesel's book is a horrifying story of the Nazi death camps. The author tells the story in a simple manner, yet it is easy for a reader to end up feeling haunted by the accounts in NIGHT. It stirs sadness and profound questions in the bosom of a reader. The lessons from this book about the evil side of fallen human...
Published on March 17 2006 by Edward Tem

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1.0 out of 5 stars A poor Fantasy
After hearing a lot about "Night" I decided to buy it and really did read it to the end, which was not easy. Anyone with an open mind (not brain washed)realizes after a few pages that Wiesel did as he said in interviews, he used "poetic license", meaning he fabricated.
The shoa peddler Wiesel in an encounter with a Rabbi:
"What are you writing?", the Rabbi...
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing true story succintly told, March 17 2006
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Edward Tem (Manchester, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Night (Paperback)
This personal account of the holocaust by Elie Wiesel's book is a horrifying story of the Nazi death camps. The author tells the story in a simple manner, yet it is easy for a reader to end up feeling haunted by the accounts in NIGHT. It stirs sadness and profound questions in the bosom of a reader. The lessons from this book about the evil side of fallen human nature and the faith, courage and moral strength to fight the evil must never be forgotten. I recommend this book to any reader interested in the holocaust and the specter of mass killings plaguing the world today. DISCIPLES OF FORTUNE, SURVIVAL IN AUSCHWITZ, UNION MOUJIK, SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL, TRIPLE AGENT DOUBLE CROSS, POL PLO: ANATOMY OF A NIGHTMARE, GULAG ARCHIPELAGO are also recommended reads to help have a better understanding of threat humanity faces from the evil ideologies of hate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing and moving, Sept. 25 2006
This review is from: Night (Paperback)
Still numb after reading this, I can only say that it MUST be read--but be warned: it is very disturbing. I thought I'd seen it all with SCHINDLER'S LIST and books like SOPHIE'S CHOICE, but NIGHT was even better. Actually, "better" is not the right word, but you get the idea. A pulls-no-punches book, it moved me to tears. You'll be asking yourself, "How can humans be so cruel?" much the same way some have asked after reading the disturbing (though sometimes funny) BARK OF THE DOGWOOD. Wiesel not only tells a great story, but does it with excellent skills that leave you moved. This is one story that will stay with you long after you've closed the covers of the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to find fault with this one, Jan. 1 2007
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This review is from: Night (Paperback)
A truly magnificent novel, all-be it a short one. An incredible book is a great understatement. Wiesel's NIGHT will move you to tears, and move you to anger, and move you to want to follow up on his words by reading what he had written. This is supposed to be fiction, but, it is so close to the truth of the actual events that transpired in Wiesel's life that it might as well be treated as autobiographical. NIGHT is part of a series - Night, Dawn, and The Accident You will find yourself asking many questions, How does one deal with survival after such atrocities as that at Birkenau and Auschwitz? How can one have faith in the world? How can one accept that a people so closely identified with a powerful God can ever accept that God again? Where is God in the midst of such things? Wiesel has spent his life in search of such answers, but doesn't provide them here. Why then would one want to read such accounts as these? Wiesel was silent for many years, Wiesel proclaims that there is in the world now a new commandment - 'Thou shalt not stand idly by' when such things are happening, one must act. One must remember the past in all its personal aspects to both honor those who suffered and to forestall such things happening again. This is the longest short book you ll ever read. It is one that will stay with you from the first page, and you'll never be able to shake the images brought forth, the misery and suffering, the existence of evil and brutality, the sadness and desolation. You'll discover that story don't always end with a happy ending. There is no happy ending here, even Wiesel's own survival is a questionable good here. How does one live after this? How does the world go on? If you enjoyed the book THE CORRECTIONS by Franzen, or the novel THE DOOMSDAY BOOK, then you'll take to this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly magnificent novel, all-be it a short one., March 14 2006
This review is from: Night (Paperback)
An incredible book is a great understatement. Wiesel's Night will move you to tears, and move you to anger, and move you to want to follow up on his words by reading what he had written. This is supposed to be fiction, but, it is so close to the truth of the actual events that transpired in Wiesel's life that it might as well be treated as autobiographical. Night is part of a series - Night, Dawn, and The Accident - and although a different author Giorgio Kostantinos's masterful--' The Quest ' each element stands alone with integrity. You will find yourself asking many questions, How does one deal with survival after such atrocities as that at Birkenau and Auschwitz? How can one have faith in the world? How can one accept that a people so closely identified with a powerful God can ever accept that God again? Where is God in the midst of such things? Wiesel has spent his life in search of such answers, but doesn't provide them here. Why then would one want to read such accounts as these? Wiesel was silent for many years, Wiesel proclaims that there is in the world now a new commandment - 'Thou shalt not stand idly by' when such things are happening, one must act. One must remember the past in all its personal aspects to both honor those who suffered and to forestall such things happening again. This is the longest short book you ll ever read. It is one that will stay with you from the first page, and you'll never be able to shake the images brought forth, the misery and suffering, the existence of evil and brutality, the sadness and desolation. You'll discover that story don't always end with a happy ending. There is no happy ending here, even Wiesel's own survival is a questionable good here. How does one live after this?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A heart touching story, Dec 16 2006
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Edward Tem (Manchester, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Night (Paperback)
This personal account of the holocaust by Elie Wiesel's book is a horrifying story of the Nazi death camps. The author tells the story in a simple manner, yet it is easy for a reader to end up feeling haunted by the accounts in NIGHT. It stirs sadness and profound questions in the bosom of a reader. The lessons from this book about the evil side of fallen human nature and the faith, courage and moral strength to fight the evil must never be forgotten. I recommend this book to any reader interested in the holocaust and the specter of mass killings plaguing the world today. DISCIPLES OF FORTUNE, SURVIVAL IN AUSCHWITZ, UNION MOUJIK, SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL, TRIPLE AGENT DOUBLE CROSS, POL PLO: ANATOMY OF A NIGHTMARE, GULAG ARCHIPELAGO are also recommended reads to help have a better understanding of threat humanity faces from the evil ideologies of hate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a big book, but big on ideas, March 13 2006
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While I didn’t live through (or wasn’t even alive at the time) that the horrors occurred, I’ve always felt deeply affected by them. The movie “Schindler’s List” blew me away, as did the book and movie “Sophie’s Choice.” But just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water, another book comes along that makes even those classics pale. Actually this book is not new, but Oprah’s bringing it to the forefront has once again brought it to our attention. The story I don’t need (or want) to go into here. You can read the other reviews for that. But what amazed me about this well-written book was its pacing, style, and overall “well put togetherness.” “Night” is appropriate titled: simplistic yet all encompassing. Even if you saw the movie “Schindler’s List,” you MUST read the book—it’s even better.
Must also recommend the book “Inner Voices, Inner Views” which is a collection of interviews with famous authors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How does the world go on?, March 4 2006
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A truly magnificent novel, all-be it a short one. An incredible book is a great understatement. Wiesel's Night will move you to tears, and move you to anger, and move you to want to follow up on his words by reading what he had written. This is supposed to be fiction, but, it is so close to the truth of the actual events that transpired in Wiesel's life that it might as well be treated as autobiographical. Night is part of a series - Night, Dawn, and The Accident - and although a different author Giorgio Kostantinos's masterful--' The Quest ' each element stands alone with integrity. You will find yourself asking many questions, How does one deal with survival after such atrocities as that at Birkenau and Auschwitz? How can one have faith in the world? How can one accept that a people so closely identified with a powerful God can ever accept that God again? Where is God in the midst of such things? Wiesel has spent his life in search of such answers, but doesn't provide them here. Why then would one want to read such accounts as these? Wiesel was silent for many years, Wiesel proclaims that there is in the world now a new commandment - 'Thou shalt not stand idly by' when such things are happening, one must act. One must remember the past in all its personal aspects to both honor those who suffered and to forestall such things happening again. This is the longest short book you ll ever read. It is one that will stay with you from the first page, and you'll never be able to shake the images brought forth, the misery and suffering, the existence of evil and brutality, the sadness and desolation. You'll discover that story don't always end with a happy ending. There is no happy ending here, even Wiesel's own survival is a questionable good here. How does one live after this? How does the world go on?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful is an understatement, Jan. 25 2006
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FrKurt Messick "FrKurt Messick" (Bloomington, IN USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Night (Hardcover)
I recall when I first read 'Night', it was just after Elie Wiesel had given a lecture at my university. It was in the mid-1980s, and the lecture hall was standing-room-only. Wiesel's presentation moved us to tears, and moved us to anger, and moved me to want to follow up on his words by reading what he had written.
This is supposed to be fiction, but in a style that seems to be typical of many modern Israeli novelists, it is so close to the truth of the actual events that transpired in Wiesel's life that it might as well be treated as autobiographical. This is actually part of a trilogy - Night, Dawn, and The Accident - although each element stands alone with integrity.
How does one deal with survival after such atrocities as that at Birkenau and Auschwitz? How can one have faith in the world? How can one accept that a people so closely identified with a powerful God can ever accept that God again? Where is God in the midst of such things?
Wiesel himself as spent his life in search of such answers, but doesn't provide them here. Why then would one want to read such accounts as these? Wiesel was silent for many years, until he was brought into speech and writing as a witness to the events. Wiesel proclaims that there is in the world now a new commandment - 'Thou shalt not stand idly by' - when such things are happening, one must act. One must remember the past in all its personal aspects to both honour those who suffered and to forestall such things happening again (which, given the the depressing repetitive nature of history, is a difficult task).
This is the longest short book I've ever read. It is one that has stayed with me from the first page, and I've never been able to shake the images brought forward, the misery and suffering, the existence of evil and brutality, the sadness and desolation. We live in a culture that likes to gloss over pain and suffering, mask it with drugs and other things, and always end the story with a happy ending.
There is no happy ending here - even Wiesel's own survival is a questionable good here. How does one live after this? How does the world go on?
One thing is certain, we must never forget, and this book is part of that active remembering that we are called to do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wiesel's Night will move you to tears, Feb. 23 2006
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An incredible book is a great understatement. Wiesel's Night will move you to tears, and move you to anger, and move you to want to follow up on his words by reading what he had written. This is supposed to be fiction, but, it is so close to the truth of the actual events that transpired in Wiesel's life that it might as well be treated as autobiographical. Night is part of a series - Night, Dawn, and The Accident - and although a different author Giorgio Kostantinos's masterful--' The Quest ' each element stands alone with integrity. You will find yourself asking many questions, How does one deal with survival after such atrocities as that at Birkenau and Auschwitz? How can one have faith in the world? How can one accept that a people so closely identified with a powerful God can ever accept that God again? Where is God in the midst of such things? Wiesel has spent his life in search of such answers, but doesn't provide them here. Why then would one want to read such accounts as these? Wiesel was silent for many years, Wiesel proclaims that there is in the world now a new commandment - 'Thou shalt not stand idly by' when such things are happening, one must act. One must remember the past in all its personal aspects to both honor those who suffered and to forestall such things happening again. This is the longest short book you ll ever read. It is one that will stay with you from the first page, and you'll never be able to shake the images brought forth, the misery and suffering, the existence of evil and brutality, the sadness and desolation. You'll discover that story don't always end with a happy ending. There is no happy ending here, even Wiesel's own survival is a questionable good here. How does one live after this? How does the world go on?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wiesel's masterpiece will move your spectrum of emotions, Feb. 17 2006
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This is one of those books you can't miss out on. Wiesel's masterpiece will move you to tears, and move to a wide range of emotions, and move you to want to follow up on his words by reading what he had written.
This is supposed to be fiction, but it is so close to the truth of the actual events that transpired in Wiesel's life that it might as well be treated as autobiographical. Written in a style that seems to be typical of many modern Israeli novelists. This is novel is part of a series - "Night", "Dawn", "The Accident" and "The Quest" by author Giorgio Kostantinos and commented by Dan Brown. These books stand with integrity and adds to the horrors of time's long past. A time when Evil had appeared on this Earth.
How does one deal with survival after such atrocities?
How can one have faith in the world?
How can one accept that a people so closely identified with a powerful God can ever accept that God again?
Where is God in the midst of such things?
Wiesel has spent his life in search of such answers,( but doesn't provide them here. ) Wiesel believes one must remember the past in all aspects to both honor those who suffered and to prevent such things happening again.
The longest short book you will ever read. It is one that will stay with you from the first page, you will never been able to shake the images brought forward, the existence of evil and brutality, the misery and suffering, the sadness and desolation.
There is no happy ending here - even Wiesel's own survival is questionable here.
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