- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Hill and Wang; Translation edition (March 21 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0809023091
- ISBN-13: 978-0809023097
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.8 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 227 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Day: A Novel Paperback – Mar 21 2006
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About the Author
Elie Wiesel (1928-2016) is the author of more than fifty books, including Night, his harrowing account of his experiences in Nazi concentration camps. The book, first published in 1955, was selected for Oprah's Book Club in 2006, and continues to be an important reminder of man's capacity for inhumanity. Wiesel was Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and lived with his family in New York City. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.
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"Day" combines elements from both "Night" and "Dawn" by using the chapter lengths and the somewhat autobiographical style of the former and the flashbacks and the thanatopsis of the latter (I apologize for the use of such an obscure word, but it was the only one that seemed to fit). The book is fictional, but pulls significantly from actual things that happened to Wiesel. It also has a very short timeline in which the character doesn't do muh except internalize a great deal of tortured thoughts and recall memories that give us all of the relevant social, emotional, and spiritual context for his predicament. Like "Dawn", there technically isn't much of a plot, but what is there is so mesermizing that one simply can't put down the book.
The English translations of "Night" and "Dawn" both had brief moments of sexuality, so I wasn't surprised to find that such scenes appeared in "Day" as well, although said sexual moments are somewhat more jarring than in the previous works. There are more of those scenes, and they go on a bit longer. I was reading "Day" out loud to someone, and was quite thankful that she was an adult when I got to these points in the book, although it was still a little awkward. Wiesel doesn't describe actual intercourse, so it's far from pornographic reading, and there is a point in illustrating the character's sexuality in this story. Some people believe that all sex in literature is pointless and "lessens" the impact and the sincerity of the art, but I would disagree, and this book is an example of why. I flinched only because I was reading it to an older lady; otherwise I had no problem with it. Of course, it is something worth singling out in a review, since I know that many prospective readers are sensitive to this.
Admittedly the 2nd and 3rd books are not as good as the 1st, but come one they are still great and really help you get a bigger picture of how the Holocaust affected a person, not just when it was happening, but the life long struggle.
I do recommend this book to friends... in fact I bought the kindle version and tried to loan them to a friend and this trilogy is not able to loan.
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