- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Hill and Wang (April 15 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0809073641
- ISBN-13: 978-0809073641
- Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.4 x 21.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 249 g
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Night Trilogy: Night, Dawn, Day Paperback – Apr 15 2008
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“A slim volume of terrifying power.” ―The New York Times
“Required reading for all humanity.” ―Oprah Winfrey
“Wiesel has taken his own anguish and imaginatively metamorphosed it into art.” ―Curt Leviant, Saturday Review
“To the best of my knowledge no one . . . has left behind him so moving a record.” ―Alfred Kazin, The Reporter
“What makes this book so chilling is not the pretense of what happened but a very real description of every thought, fear and the apathetic attitude demonstrated as a response . . . Night, Wiesel's autobiographical masterpiece, is a heartbreaking memoir. Wiesel has taken his painful memories and channeled them into an amazing document which chronicles his most intense emotions every step along the way.” ―Jose Del Real, Anchorage Daily News
“As a human document, Night is almost unbearably painful, and certainly beyond criticism.” ―A. Alvarez, Commentary
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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My four star rating reflects only the translation and decision to leave out a few parts; I didn't mind the clarifications that differed from the original, but would have preferred to read it in full.
Borrowed a friend's copy of Night which was very powerful and moving.
As a matter of clarification, each novel is a seperate story in itself. There is no "common Character" to all the novels. However, we get a sense that this all happens to one person. This is how well these stories fit together. Essentially, these works would appear to be autobiographical which adds to their meaning. Although Wiesel writes extensively about the Holocaust, there is certainly a special common thread to these stories. Read all three and make sure you read them in their proper order. Despite their brevity, it is as good an overall explantion, evaluation and summation of the Holocaust as you will find.
In "Night," Wiesel writes "A dark flame had entered my soul and devoured it." This stunning sentiment could easily summarize the tone and themes of the final two works, "Dawn" and "The Accident." Both are examinations of the psychological impact of being a survivor of the Holocaust - which one can debate is even a worse fate than being killed in the camps. Both protoganists struggle with death in relation to their pasts. In "Dawn" a young man, now a part of a Jewish terrorist gang in Israel, in an ironic twist must execute a British hostage, while "The Accident" explores the protagonist's will to live and love after the incident simply stated in the title.
Originally published in French, the translations are stylistically very easy and quick reading. Needless to say, the themes and struggles of the each man's story are neither. Haunting and thought-provoking, "The Night Trilogy" give readers a more complete picture and understanding of the Holocaust experience.
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