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Night (The Night Trilogy #1)

4.28  ·  Rating Details  ·  598,080 Ratings  ·  18,397 Reviews
Night" -- A terrifying account of the Nazi death camp horror that turns a young Jewish boy into an agonized witness to the death of his family...the death of his innocence...and the death of his God. Penetrating and powerful, as personal as "The Diary Of Anne Frank," "Night" awakens the shocking memory of evil at its absolute and carries with it the unforgettable message t ...more
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Published March 1st 1982 by Turtleback Books (first published 1958)
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Sam K.Z. My grandmother's brother was Elie Wiesel's best friend. This book is not made up, to that I can attest to through this connection. In addition, Mr.…moreMy grandmother's brother was Elie Wiesel's best friend. This book is not made up, to that I can attest to through this connection. In addition, Mr. Wiesel is a professor at Boston University, lecturing in the Holocaust Studies department. As a respectable University, I do not think that BU would hire someone who has done what you are accusing Elie Wiesel of. And something to reflect on... Let's assume it is true. Doesn't someone who has gone through something as horrific as the Holocaust deserve the respect to have extensive research done before calling him a fraud? You mention believe the Auschwitz Museum. Are you referring to the Camp itself that is now a museum, or is there a museum about Auschwitz you know that maybe I am simply unaware of? You also claim that Elie Wiesel never shows his number. How do you know this? And could it possibly be that people respond to such horrific traumas as the Holocaust in different ways, and Mr. Wiesel finds it too difficult to show other people?
Another note that should be interesting to everyone who posted here: Elie Wiesel wrote night when he was in the hospital he refers to at the end of the story. But he originally writes it in Yiddish. What takes longer is for him to write it in English and to publish it at all. Immediately after WWII the world was in such a state of shock, people couldn't comprehend and understand a story like 'Night.' It took a lot of bravery to publish such a book. The picture Aetna refers to below can be seen in the Israeli Holocaust Memorial, Yad Veshem, and I believe in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial in Washington D.C. I'm sure it can also be found on the internet.
May I ask you 1 more question? What is it about this story that made you suspect it was unreal? And not simply unreal, but fraud? You did research after reading it, but what prompted this research? (less)
Bob Walenski Hi Sherrie I also used to teach this novel, or at least chapters from it, and never knew there were more, or that it was a trilogy. The others are…moreHi Sherrie I also used to teach this novel, or at least chapters from it, and never knew there were more, or that it was a trilogy. The others are titled 'Dawn' and 'Day'(less)

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Kim
There is little that freaks me out more than the Holocaust. And I'm not belittling it at all with the phrase 'freaks me out.' Growing up in the 1970s and 80s, I felt sufficiently desensitized enough by television violence to be able to gauge how often I need to shake the jiffy pop and run to the bathroom before the program/violence resumes.

Elie Wiesel's Night brings me back to my senses, makes me hate the cold hearted bitch I've learned to be. And not by some overtly dramatic rendition of the ho
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Navessa


The author, who is actually in the above picture, said it best in the forward; “Only those who experienced Auschwitz know what it was.” I think we can all agree with that. But can we, the reader, even understand what happened there? Can modern men and women comprehend that cursed universe?

I’m not entirely sure.

I first read this in my eighth grade History class. I was 13. It changed my life. Before this book my world was sunshine and rainbows. My biggest concern was whether or not a boy named Ja
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Stephen
This book is a hard, righteous slap in the conscience to everyone of good will in the world and should stand as a stark reminder of both: (1) the almost unimaginable brutality that we, as a species, are capable of; and (2) that when it comes to preventing or stopping similar kinds of atrocities or punishing those that seek to perpetrate such crimes, WE ARE OUR BROTHERS' KEEPERS and must take responsibility for what occurs "on our watch."

This remarkable story is the powerful and deeply moving acc
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Martine
This book has garnered so many five-star reviews and deals with such important subject matter that it almost feels like an act of heresy to give it a mere four stars. Yet that is exactly what I'm going to do, for while Night is a chilling account of the Holocaust and the dehumanisation and brutalisation of the human spirit under extreme circumstances, the fact remains that I've read better ones. Better written ones, and more insightful ones, too.

Night is Elie Wiesel's somewhat fictionalised acco
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Kat
Jul 16, 2012 Kat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with a soul
Shelves: eyeopening
I teach this book yearly, but my students seemed distant from the true reality of the story. When I use the Holocaust Museum's interactive of Lola Rein's dress, it hits them. Real people, real history. The immediacy of the tragedy that was Wiesel's then comes to life in a way that a junior or senior can grasp. I also tell the story of my friend, Ida, and her "no grandparents". That is the hardest part for me as it is so personal. She was the daughter of survivors - she had no grandparents and I ...more
Suzanne
Last year my most special, quirky and lovely GR friend sent me this book in the mail. I love to hold a book, I think she knows that about me! Thank you so much, Elyse. The thing about my love of reading, is that I’m learning. I’m learning about other cultures, people, places. This is all great, of course. But quite some time ago, I was writing to Elyse about health, my family, her family and life in general. Lots of good chats, basically. She teaches me a lot too. So I tell Elyse how little I kn ...more
Kristen
Jan 23, 2013 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: 5-star
A poignant and unforgettable 5 star read.

“Human suffering anywhere concerns men and women everywhere.” ― Elie Wiesel, Night

It's been years since I've read this book, but as my son needed to read it for school, I decided to read it with him. I'm glad I did.

Night, which is one man's tragic yet remarkable survival of the Holocaust, is a powerful, shocking, heartbreaking, poignant, yet triumph-of-the-soul biography. This book speaks to humanity about the atrocities man is capable of committing. It
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Sean Gray
Jan 12, 2008 Sean Gray rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: eh
Recommended to Sean by: the michigan state board of education
Night, was possibly one of the worst books I've ever read. I was suprised when I logged on to find, Five star reviews of this book. Yeah, so it was written by a holocaust survivor. It doesn't make it well written. From a literary standpoing, purely. It was terrible. As Ms. Hawley would say, It lacked sentence variation. Maybe it was better when it was written in German? Maybe he should have let a "professional" writer, write it for him. I'm not bashing him, or his writing. Kind of. His writing n ...more
K.D. Absolutely
May 09, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Oprah Book of the Month
If Anne Frank was 13 when Germans came to Netherlands, Elie Wiessel was 15 when the same thing happened in Romania. Two teenage children who saw the atrocities of the German armies who were blinded by their loyalty to Hitler. There were a few differences: Anne Frank died in the concentration camp while Elie Wiessel survived. Anne Frank's diary, first published as The Diary of a Young Girl in 1950, was written in young girl's language while she was on a hiding while Night by Elie Wiesel tells the ...more
Lyn
Apr 24, 2016 Lyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terrifying.

I have read two books that described a nightmare, painted a picture of hell. The second was Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy and first is Night.

I still think of this book sometimes and shudder and I realize that evil is never too far buried in us. The scene where the line of doomed prisoners splits in two with Mengela conducting, a perverse parody of the last judgment seems ripped from Dante.

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Daniel
Jul 22, 2007 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had put off reading this story for a variety of reasons, main among them that I knew what I would be facing, and was eager to find an excuse not to. After having been to the Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany, the images of the now-dead ovens still linger somewhere in the recesses of my mind, and to back to it, to read from someone who went through it, was not something I readily wanted to do. But I did; I gathered myself up and read through in a couple of days, the end of the book taking me ...more
Paquita Maria Sanchez
I had trouble discerning whether this book was actually incredibly well written, or just horrifyingly honest enough to shock you into awe. What I have pulled from it is less the prose, and more the images burned in my brain from the chilling facts that they express. Having read The Lost, I was at least somewhat prepared for the places Wiesel was to take me, and the terror contained within this short volume is actually minor compared to the extensive atrocities researched and transcribed by Mende ...more
Mario
Jan 04, 2016 Mario rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed....Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never.


I picked up this book from the library just because it was short, and I wanted a short and easy read. I've never heard of it before, so I had no idea what I
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Jonathan Ashleigh
I can't bring myself to write a review of this book. It did keep my attention and made me feel numb at times, but the things that are missing I wont describe.
Duane
In 1944, at the age of fifteen, Elie Wiesel, his parents and three sisters, were transported from Sighet to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. Upon arriving they were ordered, "men to the left, women to the right". Elie would never see his mother and younger sister Sarah again. What followed was two years of living hell, two years of "night".

What it was like in a concentration camp, what it was like for Elie and his father, can not be put into words that would be adequate to describe t
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Michael
I’ve read enough on the Holocaust that I never felt great pull to read this testimony. But it called to me this winter, and I was glad I answered. It is a slim volume that bears witness to Wiesel’s family being confined by the Nazis to a ghetto in their town in Transylvania and later his separation from his mother and sisters and confinement with his father at the camp in Auschwitz. There the teenager struggles unsuccessfully to save his father. All the wisdom and hopefulness instilled by his Ra ...more
Christian Guzman
What a short but phenomenal novel. I was completely invested in this story from the beginning all the way until the very end. I read this book in almost one sitting. The author of this story, Elie Wiesel won a Nobel Peace Prize award aside from writing this compelling book about his horrific experience during the holocaust era. His experiences are frightening. Not many people could endure what he went through. Which then makes you think, some people didn’t live to tell their own tale. So you can ...more
Cindy Newton
Apr 21, 2016 Cindy Newton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad I finally got around to reading this book. My students read it their sophomore year, and I like to have knowledge of the literature they're familiar with. Also, I'm fascinated by WWII stories. All war is terrible, and genocides, not matter where they take place, are tragic and horrifying, but there is just something about the Nazis . . .

I think it is because they encompass all the worst of human behavior in their actions. They subjected their prisoners to humiliation, beatings, starvat
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Cheryl
Night. No one was praying for the night to pass quickly. The stars were but sparks of the immense conflagration that was consuming us. Were this conflagration to be extinguished one day, nothing would be left in the sky but extinct stars and unseeing eyes.

By now, almost everyone has read this book, but if you haven't, I will start by encouraging you to read this version, a Marion Wiesel (Elie's wife) translation. The author seems to be pleased with this translation, the other, he thought "seem
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Xysea
Jul 07, 2008 Xysea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history buffs, almost anyone, really
What can I say that hasn't already been said?

This book is the newer translation, with some clarifications to the chronology of people and events, with introductions by Wiesel himself and the man who fought to have the book published, Francois Mauriac.

The prose is in a relatively simple style. After all, the story is dramatic enough; it needs no embellishment. It is as if you are watching the whole thing through a plate-glass window, and you're banging on it, yelling, 'Hey, hey you, they're tryin
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Anna Motteler
Jan 22, 2009 Anna Motteler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERY SINGLE PERSON.
Recommended to Anna by: Mrs. Recker


I loved this book. I loved the honesty, the horror, & the truth that was revealed, by this amazing person.

I had to read this book for my English class, & boy, my English class somehow found HUMOR behind this book. I was thoroughly agitated by their finding this funny. NOTHING was funny in this book. NOTHING is funny about what Hitler did. & NOTHING is funny about the burning of human bodies or especially BABIES, while they're STILL ALIVE.

I wanted to punch every person in my class for
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Aubrey
You can't critique this book. You can like it, you can dislike it, but you can't reason out why. That would be an insult to the memory of this horrific time, and an insult to the man who lived through it and chose to cry out to the world against it. The most you can do is read it, and take away something from it. You can never fully understand the emotions this book encompasses, for the price of understanding is death, if not of the physical than of the mental. Read it, and know that this was no ...more
Lorena
Jul 03, 2008 Lorena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lorena by: Sandra
If there is one book genre I dislike is biographies, in general I find biographies too suspicious, after all how do I know the writer kept a neutral view of his subject? And I find auto-biographies self serving, how many times you find page after page of the whining of people who paint a picture of their lives as horrific only to overcome it all to become … a mediocre writer, and we are supposed to feel amazed, sorry, I know exactly how I sound. So you have, in my opinion the victims who want re ...more
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May 15, 2013 11 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this primary-source document, Elie Wiesel details his personal experiences in Auschwitz. His story is unique, but the existence of concentration camps, genocide, and forced labor are not. Wiesel's story is one data point in a larger trend of 20th century, and now 21st century atrocities which share many core similarities.

1918- (The Gulag Archipelago) The roots of the Soviet internal Gulag system dates back to Czarist times, where internal deportation to Siberia was a common fate of political
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Gautam
Mar 03, 2016 Gautam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war, holocaust, memoirs
A peek into the ghastly Nazi concentration camps from a survivor's point of view. The details are truly nerve-wrenching. One begins to wonder how humans can altogether lose their humanity, which is the essence of their being. Must read.

Giving some stars to rate this memoir is like rating Anne Frank's personal diary. Still I give 5 stars as a tribute to the survivors and the perished millions.

-gautam
Ron
Jan 05, 2016 Ron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
In Night, Elie Wiesel describes the tragedy of the Holocaust, specifically for him and his father, in a first person narrative. In 1944, at the age of fifteen, Eliezer, his family and all the Jewish people found in the small town of Sighet, Transylvania were removed from their homes and shipped to a concentration camp. What follows is Elie’s witness to events that can be described, but hardly imagined. While reading Night, I felt the impossible pain of his experience, yet I can barely visualize ...more
☆ ĄňŊǡƂėƮĦ ☆ ŞŧŎŋė
4/5

When I got assigned this book in history class, I wasn't sure how it was going to be. I knew that it was an autobiography but I wasn't sure how it would be. As I was reading, I couldn't look away. Wiesel was an amazing person who had to go through horrible things, along with the thousands of others at that time. He had to go through seeing his family separate, friends die, and others kind of fade away through their horrific conditions. His story is gripping and I don't know many other ways th
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☮Karen
Very powerful and thought provoking as the boy and his father wither away in concentration camps, losing faith in God and man. A very short read but by no means a quick or easy one.
Cathy DuPont
Oct 18, 2013 Cathy DuPont rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since I've read a number of articles (mostly) and book excerpts about the Holocaust, I wasn't shocked by this diary of this 16 year-old Holocaust survivor. However, I found the book both very powerful and very sad. Sixteen and to have seen such a fight for life, watching friends and family murdered and dying in front of him. And questioning, where is God, has God abandoned me? Faith to believe in God is surely questioned.

Elie Wiesel, winner of the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize, lost his mother, sister
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JG (The Introverted Reader)
Honestly, I can't help but feel that for me to sit in judgment of a memoir of the Holocaust would be terribly presumptuous. We can't ever forget what happened, and any work that reminds us of what happened is important and should be read as widely as possible. The style is a little sparse for me, but do we really need lavish descriptions of crematoriums? I didn't think so. What is important is that Wiesel laid out his thoughts and feelings for all the world to see, an act of unimaginable courage ...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 "
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