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Day (The Night Trilogy #3)

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"Not since Albert Camus has there been such an eloquent spokesman for man." --The New York Times Book Review

The publication of Day restores Elie Wiesel's original title to the novel initially published in English as The Accident and clearly establishes it as the powerful conclusion to the author's classic trilogy of Holocaust literature, which includes his memoir Night and
Paperback, 109 pages
Published March 21st 2006 by Hill and Wang (first published March 1st 1961)
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This short novel is powerful, at times harrowing. The writing is compressed, the tone conversational. One would not think the language capable of handling so many large themes--God, the Holocaust, Hell, Suffering, Love--that the author freights it with. Yet it is the very lightness of the language that buoys the subject matter. There is even a touch of humor, albeit of a very black gallows variety. The writing is deft. It possesses a wonderful contiguity, a narrative cohesion as the incidents un...more
Mar 02, 2012 Stacy rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fans of Elie Wiesel
Elie Wiesel’s Day (once entitled The Accident), the third and final book in his Night trilogy of memoirs, is causing some clenching in my brain. After reading Night some two years ago — which was by far the most resonating and heart-breaking of the three books — my entire mindset concerning the suffering and guilt associated with Holocaust survivors has shifted: witnessing that type of human destruction and atrocity on such an astonishing scale can rip the humanity right from a person’s core. De...more
Aug 06, 2012 Lola rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Anyone that has a soul

I made the mistake of reading reviews before reading this book ,and I have to say that I am amazed at the number of poor reviews. Day is one of the most eloquently written books I have ever read and to achieve this status with such simple prose in dealing with so many complicated subjects is amazing! So many times reviewers said this book is "depressing". I disagree. This book is informative, it gives us a glimpse into human nature that is NEVER TO BE SPOKEN. It is more acceptable to discuss th...more
How can a book told from the perspective of a nihilist, someone who is the very definition of survivor's guilt, be so incredibly moving? Day, the final book of the Elie Wiesel's Night series is full of gems. I can't remember ever re-reading so many sentences because they were so profound, so full of the stuff life is made of, which is astounding coming from the narrator.

Night was dark, horrific, yet very moving. Dawn raised serious moral questions both on a personal level and a societal level. W...more
Max Maxwell
Jan 05, 2010 Max Maxwell rated it 2 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Just avoid it, read Night instead
Oh, God, why, why, why... why would someone given the option to create a fictional universe make one so... so... depressing, with seemingly no reason to it?!—that's the deal you see, I can handle depressing. The Road is depressing, so depressing it actually depressed my wife. But it has a message: if we don't stop fucking around, this is the endgame. This, apparently, is supposed to be about how Holocaust survivors can never find true happiness and blah blah blah, and about how hard it is to be...more
Susan Emmet
Years ago I read and taught Night and Dawn. I came to Day/The Accident only yesterday.
Published in 1961, this edition has a short preface by Wiesel who says it is his story - and not. "I speak through my protagonist, but he does not speak for me."
I think the book's core is captured in the Hamlet reference. The question is not "to be or not to be," but "to be and not to be."
I think of the Shoah series and interviews with survivors, their children, SS guards and their descendants. I think of the i...more
Used this book to ease myself into reading Night by Elie Wiesel. Powerful illustration of how difficult almost impossible is it for a victim of absolute horror to recover from it.

Not as difficult to read as I thought it would be. Now to attempt Night.

Update after thinking about the book:

One thing that makes this book difficult is it more a book of questions than answers. It is also a book that tells more than shows. One scene of the book kept running through my mind. It was when the main charac...more
Elie Wiesel is one of the most prominent Jewish writers out there (and not just about the Shoah, thank G-d), so as a Jew, I'm probably honor bound to like him. They may excommunicate me if I don't write a positive review of this book.

I'll be honest - after Night and Dawn, this was a little bit of a let down. Not just because it was dark and bleak and depressing (I mean, so are the aforementioned books) but because it wasn't as strong, emotionally. The writing is light, fluffy, almost conversati...more
Sonny Moretta
Please excuse me... But the last book i read was The accident. But When I wrote a review I wrote it under the the Dawn. This is a review for the book Dawn. NOT THE ACCIDENT. (MS. MOLLER) Anyway, this was an amazing book. For more than one reason. It is insightful how some people think and behave.

The book takes place in English occupied Israel. The British are currently occurring it and rebels are fighting for possession of there homeland.Elisha is a very young holocaust surviver. After the war...more
Sonny Moretta
This book was one that took sometime to take in. It was a book where you had to think about what you believe and what you think other people believe. I liked this book. It had a good story line to it and it always kept you wanting to read more and find out what happens next.

Elieser is a young journalist and a holocaust survivor. A steps on to a curb and then boom!! He gets hit by a car. Is it an accident or has he attested suicide? He is torn between life and death, and when he is in the hospit...more
This was such a beautifully written book and was so filled with honest emotion and despair, but it was almost too despairing with no hope for the future. It is the chronicle of a Holocaust survivor who has become a successfull journalist first in Paris and then in NYC often covering the United Nations. He obviously feels so guilty for having survived when all of his loved ones did not. He is only merely surviving - not really living and feels he has no right to really live or love or hope or fee...more
Jun 26, 2009 Ashley rated it 2 of 5 stars
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This novel was a bummer after "Night." To me, "Night" seemed to be one of those rare books who's creation was not due to a fanciful idea to create, but rather a deeply rooted need to document and process an experience. Perhaps if I read it 4 months after "Night" I would feel differently? Perhaps not? I'm not sure.

The ending was what I found to be most disheartening. Withouth adding spoilers (hate adding those!), suffice it to say that I wanted something different. And didn't get it. I think if...more
Mary Gail O'Dea
The final book in Wiesel's trilogy that began with "Night." Here, he speculates about the possibility of a Holocaust survivor ever really being able to put the past aside. He IS his past and his past IS him. To relinquish suffering is to relinquish memory and the lives of the dead. And yet is not voluntary suffering, immersion in suffering, suffering almost as a badge of identity not a denial of possibility, of creativity, of the responsibility to live when given the chance? Is not immersion in...more
Day was about a Holocaust survivor who got ran over by a taxi in New York, and while in the hospital he reflected on his past in the concentration camp. This book kind of started out boring at first, but as time went on, it progressively got more and more interesting. Also as time went on in the book, the memories got more and more deeper into thought and it really got me interested in the book, and after a while, I could not stop reading it. The book was related to Elie Wiesel's other books Nig...more
Brea Mapes
I read the book "Day" by Elie Wiesel. "Day" is the third book in the Night Trilogy and in my opinion was the second best one. "Night" was my favorite out of the three because it was relatable and had a lot of action involved in it. In the first book Elie was a child in a German concentration camp and was the only one out of his family to survive the holocaust. The second book was about Elie being a terrorist and a murderer, and the third book is about Elie finding love. I would highly recommend...more
This short novel was the third and final piece in the "Night" triology. Interesting trilogy in that they are all focused on different aspects oft he Holocaust. This one was the most real for me ( and this one wasn't the autobiographical piece) and evoked more emotional reaction from me in response to the main characters struggle to find connection, aim and a desire to live on after experiencing such a tremendously horrible tragedy. Good read--would have rated higher but I am not a fan of short n...more
Sondra Wilson
The last in his 'trilogy' of stories meant to catapult one ungently into the world of grief that is an often overlooked but unforgettably powerful left over casualty of unspeakable tragedy like the Holocaust. This novella in particular, previously entitled The Accident, speaks to survivor guilt. It strikes you subtly at parts and sharpy at others with investigations of the self, the ability we have to destroy ourselves and others and where we can find the desire not to, or if we indeed can.
His views on death and God are so striking. I love feeling like I know this man, but knowing that I can never even begin to understand the life he has had to live. I'm so grateful he was courageous enough to share his experiences with the world. Judging by his next two books, reliving the camps wasn't the best therapy for him to go through, but the world is better off knowing what he had to say. He'd hate me for saying this, but he's a saint.
Shane Lees
I don't know how to write book reviews. I just know what I like when I am reading. I read Night and I literally cried while I was turning the pages. The Horror! What attracts me Wiesel's writing is his complex metaphors to describe his experiences and people. He causes me to evolve my consciousness. I believe that if an author has the power to do that such an individual is a master of their craft.
取るに足らない (tina)
Well, the first thing I'd like to point is that HEY MAIN CHARACTER WHO SEEMS TO ENJOY FLOATING AROUND IN HIS LIFE, IF YOU DON'T LIKE THE GIRL, JUST BLOODY SAY IT. DON'T FUCKING 'PLAY' OR 'TOLERATE' HER OR DO WHATEVER YOU THINK YOU ARE DOING RIGHT (because trust me your not), AND KEEP HER BY YOUR SIDE. SHE AIN'T YOUR MINDLESS DEVOTED, FOLLOWER (but sadly she plays the role), and that fact that because of your own problems you cannot "deal with your life", you drag everyone down with you.
He goes a...more
Daniel Duane
This 2nd novel of Elie Wiesel is depressing as it is beautiful. The main character cannot seem to let go of the past. He treats his past as something sacred, something of his keeping, which others accept for a special few have no right to peek into. He believes that it is for their own good, for if they get to know about his past, their view of life would be altered tremendously. He cannot let go of it, especially of his grandmother. He seemed to live each day as if he wanted to die. I just wond...more
I can't imagine what it must be like to come out the other end of a horrible experience like the Holocaust. How can you communicate what you went through to others? How much more horrible would it it be to try to communicate this to others and fail to get them to comprehend? Or to successfully communicate these things but then see that in the process you have crushed their faith in humanity or in God? All of this is pretty awful to contemplate, and it is precisely these issues that Wiesel grappl...more
Like Wiesel's book, Dawn, I found this to be quite depressing. I would expect a Holocaust survivor to have a renewed sense of hope and life in having survived something so horrific. I wonder how these books would have been written differently had Wiesel received counseling or therapy or gotten involved with helping others.
I did find it interesting that at the end of the preface, Wiesel writes, "Must we be reminded that, in the end, all works of literature, even despairing ones, constitute an ap...more
This is the third book in Wiesel's Holocaust "trilogy". These are small books but the story and message within their pages are very emotional and powerful. In this story, the main character is a Holocaust survivor and journalist. While on an outing with his girlfriend, Eliezer is struck by a taxi and endures 10 weeks of recovery. During the time that he battles for his life, he relives the horrors of his past, deals with his past emotional trauma and current physical pain, questions life and God...more
Mother of the Revolution  (Saya)
I'd like to read this book in French, the language it was originally published in. Interesting book about a Holicaust survivor who is hit by a cab and the course of his wandering thoughts while he is in the hospital. Sounds boring, but I thought it was well done.

One of my favorite passages in the book, where one of the characters tells his friend about a near drowning experience and being saved.

"I thought, I am alive, I have outwitted death. One more time death didn't get me. Here's the proof,...more
Andrew Hains
"The Accident" (also titled "Day" in the original French publication) is the culmination of the "Night Trilogy." It is a satisfying and reflective final book. Can a Holocaust survivor make a new life after experiencing hell?

Midway through the book it is clear that Elisha doesn't want to live and there is an important conversation with the surgeon that saved his life. Elisha asked the doctor if he believed in God. After he answered "Yes...But not in the operating room. There I only count on mysel...more
Originally titled The Accident, this book describes a man dealing with the trouble of surviving being hit by a car. It is primarily told as a series of flashbacks while he is recovering in the hospital.

Once again Wiesel's main character is a Holocaust survivor haunted by memories of things he experienced in the concentration camps. When he is hit by a car he survives miraculously, which is ironic because he doesn't think he has any will to live anyway.

This book has been sold and marketed as the...more
Nurul Nadzirin
Wow. I try to think of what word best fits the book, and it's 'wow'.

Elie Wiesel is not a very 'skilled' author. Either that, or I have a badly translated version. I read the first of the trilogy, Night, almost three years ago and I thought he was a good storyteller - he had that fluidity - but I might've been too forgiving due to my fascination with the subject he was discussing. If that is true, the same had happened with Day. At first I had my apprehension, but as I was able to grasp the heart...more
E. Wiesel, a brilliant storyteller and seer of truths, asks God, what is the meaning of suffering? I have asked myself this question.
Can one who's seen unspeakable horrors move forward and live again, love, and think no more of death?
"Life only vibrates when it comes in contact with death."
"You don't know how to speak. You are only yourself when you are silent."
For those struggling with moving beyond the pains and suffering of the past, this uplifting novel inspires us to choose the living and...more
This novel catches the reader's attention quickly, when a man, who tells the his story in a reflective manner, get struck by a taxi cab as he walks with his girlfriend, Kathleen. He becomes critically injured, and is immediately rushed to the hospital. There, he wakes up to a flood of emotions as he begins to recall his past. He physically is able to survive the accident; however, whether he knows it or not, he doesn't not want to. The man struggles with memories of the Holocaust, which he endur...more
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Eliezer Wiesel is a Romania-born American novelist, political activist, and Holocaust survivor of Hungarian Jewish descent. He is the author of over 40 books, the best known of which is Night, a memoir that describes his experiences during the Holocaust and his imprisonment in several concentration camps.

Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. The Norwegian Nobel Committee called him a "...more
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