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Night by Elie Wiesel ? Send a noteboard - 19/03/2011 09:32:21 PM
This book was originally assigned to me by my History teacher because of the first hand account of the Holocaust but then I realized, "Hey, Elie Wiesel was born in Sighet, Transylvania! Dude! I've never read anything from Romania before!" And so, this book is now my March/April RAFO challenge book.

Listen to me, boy. Don't forget that you're in a concentration camp. Here, every man has to fight for himself and not think of anyone else. Even of his father. Here there are no fathers, no brothers, no friends. Everyone lives and dies for himself alone. I'll give you a sound piece of advice-don't give your ration of bread and soup to your old father. There's nothing you can do for him. And you're killing yourself. Instead, you ought to be having his ration.

--The head of the block to Eliezer

Elie Wiesel was, as I have already stated, born in Sighet in Transylvania and, as a Jew, was taken into concentration camps. He writes essays and has written other books on the topic as a professor of humanities at Boston University but, possibly, his most famous work is Night. The memoirs of his experience. The story follows him as a young teen being torn from his home and family.

There is time when he and his family are together in a ghetto, then the concentration camps split the family in two. The first thing that was done, upon arriving, was the separation of Men and Women. He lost his sisters and mother there and the book is even dedicated to them. "In memory of my parents and of my little sister, Tzipora." Through relocations and moves Eliezer and his father stick together.

This story was incredibly depressing but, after all, it is a book about life in the concentration camps. It also questions religion. Well, not so much questions it but shows what the holocaust did to religious Jews of the time. Eliezer often gets angry at God and even ends up doubting the existence of God. It is short, just over 100 pages long and the plot line is pretty simple. As the New York Times stated, "A slim volume of terrifying power." This is true. But it is not just a book. This is real, this happened. There are no plot flaws.

Written well, told well, moving and chilling. I give this book an enthusiastic (drumroll) 4.5 stars! It was very good and I strongly recommend it. Just be prepared to be depressed...
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Night by Elie Wiesel - 19/03/2011 09:32:21 PM 9715 Views
I've read this book a few times - 20/03/2011 05:57:13 AM 1843 Views
Yeah, it's basically the examplar of the holocaust memoir. - 21/03/2011 03:05:39 AM 2139 Views

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