Author: Elie Wiesel
Publisher: Bantam Books
Summary: In Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel's memoir Night, a scholarly, pious teenager is wracked with guild at having survived the horror of the Holocaust and the genocidal campaign that consumed his family. His memories of the night world of the death camps present him with an intolerable question: how can the God he once so fervently believed in have allowed these monstrous events to occur? There are no easy answers in this harrowing book, which probes life's essential riddles with the lucid anguish only great literature achieves. It marks the crucial first step in Wiesel's lifelong project to bear witness for those who died.
Noe's Review: "Night" is probably one of the best books I've read in a long time. It is set in the middle of WWII, through the eyes of a 15 year old Jewish boy; how his life changed in a matter of days.
Sighet, Transylvania is a small town where for the most part nothing really happens. The people of the Sighet doubt the power and existence of war. But then one day, German troops come in and divide the town into two Jewish ghettos, where eventually Eliezer and the rest of the townspeople are transported to the closest thing to hell; the concentration camps.
Immediately this book stole my heart. By the end of the novel, I had accumulated a little circle of wet, emotional tears (and believe me, I am one hard bull to break.) Everything about this book was unbelievably good. The writing... the translation... It was very easy for me to read (considering I am almost 13 years old), yet still had enough of a voice to create a powerful--and at times horrifying--picture in your head. It felt like I was interviewing the author.
What made this story so moving for me, was that it was all true--each gruesome detail. I could only fee sympathy, especially when I read the dedication page. Though the thought of the events can scare some readers away knowing how dark and depressing these times were, do not let it discourage you from reading it. It was truly inspiring, and can show how war can change and destroy each and everyone of us.
My final words, the story is brilliant. I give it five stars!
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