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Day (The Night Trilogy #3)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  5,959 Ratings  ·  357 Reviews
"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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Aug 12, 2011 William1 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 06, 2012 Lola rated it it was amazing
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
May 15, 2016 Negin rated it it was ok
I was disappointed with this one even more than I was with “Dawn”. “Night” is powerful and the other two are a definite let-down and depressing. I cannot understand why these three books are part of a trilogy. The last two are a bit muddling and all over the place. I almost abandoned both of them.
Mar 02, 2012 Stacy rated it liked it
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
Description: 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 novel Dawn. "In Night it is the 'I' who speaks," writes Wiesel. "In the other two, it is the 'I' who listens and questions."

In its opening paragraphs, a successful journalist and Holocaust survivor steps off a New York
Susan Emmet
Aug 09, 2012 Susan Emmet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 13, 2016 Alexxy rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016-reads
The problem is not: to be or not to be. But rather: to be and not to be. What it comes down to is that man lives while dying, that he represents death to the living, and that's where tragedy begins.

God, what a disappointment.

After loving Night and Dawn, I expected I will love Day as well. But whereas the previous novels had very strong messages, this one didn't really tell me anything rather than 'after a hellish life of Holocaust and torture, one can't simply love again and be happy.'

May 23, 2012 Richard rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 11, 2017 Angela rated it really liked it
"i write to understand as much as to be understood." -- elie wiesel

as a reader, i am thankful for authors like mr. wiesel who are willing to bare their souls and allow us into their lives--no matter how painful it is. as a writer, i am humbled by his courage and strength. as a human being, the amount of pain and suffering in this world suffocates me. yet the resilience of men and women like mr. wiesel makes me believe that despite all the pain and ugliness in this world there is so much more goo
Apr 28, 2017 Fran rated it really liked it
On the heels of teaching Night again, I was swept up in the aftermath of a survivor's journey back into living. I wouldn't say this book is enjoyable, but Wiesel's honest portrayal of living with the memories of the Holocaust were as raw and human as surviving the camp itself.
Apr 02, 2010 Pandora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
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
Max Maxwell
Dec 31, 2009 Max Maxwell rated it it was ok
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 b ...more
María Paz Greene
Jan 14, 2017 María Paz Greene rated it really liked it
Conmovedor, inteligente y muy bien escrito... me gustó mucho. Habla de cómo un hombre se enfrenta a la posibilidad de enamorarse cuando NO quiere ya involucrarse porque ha sufrido demasiado en la vida. El hombre tiene razones, claro, después del holocausto y de la extinción de toda su familia, se ha hecho más amigo de la muerte que de la vida, y no quiere abrir espacios para sufrir... pero ¿qué pasa con quienes lo aman? Son arrastrados por él.

Es un libro terrible y GENIAL, que además puede aplic
Sonny Moretta
Mar 25, 2013 Sonny Moretta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sonny Moretta
Feb 18, 2013 Sonny Moretta rated it really liked it
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
Rachel Dawson
Jan 14, 2015 Rachel Dawson rated it really liked it
Day is a novel written by Elie Wiesel and is part of his Night trilogy. This story takes place in Manhattan after the Holocaust. A man and his girlfriend are on their way to watch a movie and while crossing the road he is hit by a taxi and ensures numerous days in the hospital clinging to life. While in the hospital he has memories of the Holocaust and realizes that he wished that that he had died in the Holocaust instead of some of the others that he had watched die. He questions how we can loo ...more
Mar 28, 2012 LemonLinda rated it liked it
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
Feb 20, 2010 Ian rated it really liked it
Shelves: 9th-grade-books
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
Jun 05, 2009 Ashley rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009
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
Mary Gail O'Dea
Dec 12, 2010 Mary Gail O'Dea rated it it was amazing
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
Brea Mapes
May 02, 2013 Brea Mapes rated it liked it
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
Jan 02, 2017 Mallory rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Technically this is my first book read in 2017, although I really had only about 40 pages left. A heartrending story in which a man who has already suffered so much now lies recovering in a hospital, struggling to find any reason to continue living. He believes in nothing anymore, possibly not even love. It's incredibly sad and although I understand it comes from the darkest of places, it left me empty and hopeless.

Favorite quotes: "Hatred puts accents on things and beings, and on what separate
May 01, 2011 Mendy-Sue rated it liked it
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
Dec 23, 2009 Liz rated it liked it
Shelves: not-quites
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.
Sondra Wilson
Dec 28, 2009 Sondra Wilson rated it really liked it
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.
Shane Lees
Nov 18, 2012 Shane Lees rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
this is a book about suffering. there's no other way to put it. and the response to it isn't always the right one, if there even is a correct answer to suffering. there's more depth and misery in these few pages than in the last 15 books i've read.

nothing can compare to elie wiesel's writing.
Shaina Solon
Dec 22, 2016 Shaina Solon rated it liked it
It was great insight into the lives of Holocaust survivors, who were tormented by survivors guilt along with PTSD. Elie has an accident, and while he is recovering he remembers his life and grandmother. The book is full of contemplating life and death. It was kind of a dry read.
Laurel Hicks
The title is "Day," but the content is a cry in the night. Very, very sad.
Juniper Nichols
Jan 03, 2017 Juniper Nichols rated it it was amazing
I thought it was fantastic, but you have to be in the right mood. I know people mainly come to Wiesel for his autobiography Night, but he's excellent at fiction. It feels true, with a twist of art.
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Eliezer Wiesel was a Romania-born American novelist, political activist, and Holocaust survivor of Hungarian Jewish descent. He was 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
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The Night Trilogy (3 books)
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