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Night Dawn Day (The Night Trilogy #1-3)

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  2,211 ratings  ·  253 reviews
Elie Wiesel, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, brings together his first three books in this one volume.
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published July 7th 1977 by Jason Aronson (first published 1962)
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An odd little trilogy, comprising of one seminal work of non-fiction, and two fictional follow ups. I really have no idea how to review this book, honestly. All I know is that Night should be required reading. That humans are capable of so much depravity shouldn't really surprise me, as it isn't the first time I've read about the Holocaust, nor have I not heard of other similar atrocities, but it does. Night is very simply written, it is shocking in its starkness. It is also a very devout boy's ...more
I knew The Night was about the Holocaust, but didn't know much about the other two books. I thought about how I would have reacted if put in that situation, as a victim. I'm not sure I would have acted differently. He comments a few times on situations where, looking back, they could have avoided trauma. They could have escaped it. But, instead, because of fear or naivety, or trust in human decency, they continued to be herded and killed. I think I would have continued to hope for the best in ot ...more
One of the frightening things about the Holocaust was the fact that in spite of what we wish to believe it was predominantly perpetrated by ordinary people. We like to think that only monsters do monstrous things. I think it is a comfort to us and a way of assuring ourselves that we could never do anything so heinous. The truth of human nature is a lot more complicated, however. I first read Night a while ago and what struck me was Wiesel's guilt over wishing at one point that his father would j ...more
I am glad to have read all three of Wiesel's stories at once. The first, Night, is the one everyone has read (and now me too, finally!) and the others, Dawn and The Accident, are about Elie's subsequent life experiences and how the shadow of being a concentration camp survivor permeates every aspect of his life and being.

The night is an important theme that weaves through the stories. In Night, night refers to the actual first night that Elie is in a concentration camp but it also means what hi
It's difficult to mark a book five stars when your stomach feels like emptying at the end of it.

Anyone who's read Night (and everyone should) knows it isn't your typical light reading. Or your typical heavy reading, for that matter. Night has a way of slapping you in the face, and what's terrifying isn't the picture it paints of the monstrous Nazis (they're actually pretty sparse), but of the monsters that the Nazis succeed in turning their prisoners into. [spoiler]Images of prisoners trampling
I am a baby boomer who didn't see relatives trying to hide numbers tattooed on their flesh; my ancestors emigrated to the USA decades before Adolf Hitler became der Fuhrer. And yet I have vivid memories of going to our attic to become Anne Frank. When we moved to a duplex that had no attic, I stopped pretending to be Anne Frank. The attic is
gone -- but not the freight trains. I seldom see them without imagining myself inside one of the sealed cars. In a second, the image moves on; the source o
Rebecca Williams
Bought this copy at a concentration camp in Germany, and the images Wiesel paints have a hauntingly concrete setting in my mind.

The narrator in the novellas calls himself a storyteller, and the author certainly is a gifted one: this work sets out to and succeeds in putting a nightmare in a narrative that honors the victims without forgetting to acknowledge the legitimacy and humanity of their terror. Somehow, Wiesel's writing seems to create a shared memory between the ones who suffered and we
For my masters degree, I set myself the challenge to read all of Elie's books in order of publication--starting with Night. The journey through his works, one after the other, revealed an increasingly nuanced understanding of one man's struggle to come to terms with human evil, suffering, forgiveness and memory. Elie is a man of remarkable compassion. We are the richer for having his works in our libraries.
I read Night in high school and enjoyed it but I feel like I was not able to really appreciate it fully. Now I was able to read it as an adult (and older) and not only enjoy the story but also appreciate it.

In high school we only read Night so now I was also able to read Dawn and Day to finish the whole trilogy in this amazing and heartwarming story. I was also wondering what happened after Night and I don't know why I did not read the rest before now.

Truly an amazing and heartbreaking and hea
These books are hard to read, as it is a true first-person portrayal of the horrors of concentration camps (Night) and then the permanent mental and emotional after-effects (Dawn and The Accident) in the survivor. Even though it is not happy reading, it is necessary that we all get a graphic and honest portrayal of the atrocities to ensure that it will never happen again.
In my opinion, probably the worst effect for each young man/hero in each story (we could even argue that the three survivors a
This is a set of three books which have exactly two things in common:

1. They are all written by Elie Wiesel
2. They are all about Holocaust survivors

Night is an autobiographical account of Wiesel's experience in the Nazi concentration camp, which I highly recommend to all readers.

Dawn is a troubling story about a Holocaust survivor who turns terrorist in British ruled Palestine.

Day is about a man who tries to appear normal an unaffected by his experience in the concentration camp, though he is h
To be honest, my review may be a little bias because I initially thought the entire trilogy is a non-fiction memoir. I enjoyed the first part, "Night", but was disappointed to find out that the next two parts "Dawn" and "Day" are fiction. I found the latter very draggy and abstract. However, I think it's very subjective, whether the book is appealing or not. It's either you will enjoy it thoroughly, or you won't.

If you are a fan of pure non-fiction and want to read a memoir on the holocaust, I
This is a collection of three novels- the first autobiographical, the second and third with elements of autobiography that lend realism to their traumatic plots.

I think the thing that impressed me most about this was how clearly it showed what witnessing and experiencing the horrors of a concentration camp at an early age did to the author. Besides the hard work, starvation, freezing, fear and abuse, he saw close relatives fed to the furnace. His devout faith in God burned with them, his soul wa
Memoir and two novels of the Holocaust first published in 1958. NIGHT is the memoir of Wiesel as an adolescent and his father trying to survive the horror of the camps. DAWN is a short novel about a survivor who now lives in Palestine. He is commanded to execute a British officer, but can he do it after his experience in WWII? DAY is the story of a survivor living in New York who steps off the curb into traffic and suffers a traumatic injury. What are the limits of love and conscience of a survi ...more
For my final narrative reading, I chose the book The Night Trilogy by Elie Wiesel. I chose this book because I have read other literature on the holocaust and it has always fascinated me to learn about it, and to see what it was like considering I have never ever been in a similar situation, and I enjoy new insight. I am really happy I chose this book, even though it is extremely depressing. This book is broken into three parts- Night, Dawn, and Day. Night is about Elie, a Jewish boy, and his in ...more
Taylor Soltys
I chose to read The Night Trilogy by Elie Wiesel for my SSR independent reading. The reason behind me choosing this book was because I wanted to learn more about the Holocaust and the personal experiences that a survivor had to share with the public. I felt as though I would have an inside look on what actually went on during the Holocaust and understand exactly the Jews were treated. This personal, non-fiction narrative was able to show me, rather than tell me, what it was like for Jews during ...more
Carolyn Hein

The Night Trilogy: Night, Dawn, Day is a collection of a biography and two novels. Elie Wiesel, a holocaust survivor, vividly describes his imprisonment in both the Buchenwald labor camp and Auschwitz concentration camp. The second part of Wiesel’s book is about an Israeli terrorist who has been given the job to assassinate a British officer in retaliation for the hanging of an Israeli terrorist leader. The third part follows the life of a holocaust survivor living in the city. The character de
Matthew Newman
The Night Trilogy by Elie Wiesel is a collection of three of his works that include Night, Dawn, and Day. I Choose this book because I read Night when I much younger and wanted to read some of his other works. Night is a true story about Elie Wiesel’s accounts and life during the Holocaust, it is an amazing and breathtaking story about how one many survived one of the worst atrocities ever. Dawn is a fictional story about an immigrant that joins the movement in Palestine post WWII and debates ta ...more
I chose to read an autobiography called The Night Trilogy by Elie Wiesel for my narrative book choice. When I was reading through all the different book choices, The Night Trilogy stuck out the most to me because I have always been interested in learning about the Holocaust. I am extremely happy I chose this book because it kept me interested and taught me a lot of new information. It was also interesting because Elie Wiesel wrote about his own experiences. Night was the first part of the trilo ...more
Dianna Vassallo
The Night Trilogy: Night, Dawn and Day written by Elie Wiesel is composed of a memoir and two novels. When I was first deciding on a book to read, I came across the description of this series. Sophomore year I was privileged enough to join a field trip to the Holocaust Museum; ever since I have been interested in learning more about WWII and the Holocaust. Due to this, I immediately was drawn to this trilogy. Night is the memoir of the trilogy, where Wiesel informs his readers about his Holocaus ...more
Bob Anderson
This trio of books is very enjoyable. Night is a narrative memoir of Wiesel’s time in Hungary and in a series of concentration camps, first with his father and later by himself. It has striking imagery and a gripping plot: particularly moving were bits and pieces like the doom-foretelling vagabond of his village, the woman in the train car who warned of non-existent, prophetic, fire in the distance, and the boy with the violin who died along with it. Night is great, awesome, in the old senses of ...more
Sam Schmitt
I chose the book The Night Trilogy: Night, Day, Dawn written by Elie Wiesel. This book is a three-part book about three different stories, all focused around one character. The first book I found to be the most interesting; it was a detailed first person account of the author’s experience of the Holocaust and his time in concentration camps, all while fighting to live. I chose this book because of the first book, and the Holocaust is a time period in history that really fascinates me. The second ...more
Title: The Accident
Author: Elie Wiesel
Summary: The journalist, who is one of the Holocaust survivors, can't find any satisfaction in life. The man gets hit by a cab which the book is referring to as the accident. The accident puts the journalist through many psychological and emotional struggles since he was in the Holocaust. He wants to end his life while recovering from a near-death experience.
Analyzation: I really enjoyed the book since it was interesting to know what a Holocaust survivor's
Eric Holmes
Summary: The Night Trilogy by Elie Wiesel was there good books built into one. Night was an actual story and biography of Elie Wiesel and what he had to do during the Holocaust in the concentration camps like Auschwitz. He went through a lot of events and was a totally different person afterwards. Mr. Wiesel then wrote Dawn, a story about a young man who survived through the Second World War and settled down in Palestine. He joins a movement and was forces to kill a British Officer. The story Da ...more
When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to a joint session of Congress earlier this year, Elie Wiesal was present and introduced by the guest speaker himself. I decided that reading his autobiographical book, Night, was a must for me. When I found myself in possession of this trilogy, I figured that all three were worth reading and I was right all three times! Consider two people undergoing and surviving the very worst devastating experience imaginable- be it loss of a child or spou ...more
I have to admit it was just as hard to read the second time as it was to read the first. I still remember the shooting of the babies and the death of the children. I know those images will continue to stay with me forever. As I think of how hard it was to read and conceive of what happened in this book I think of how hard it was to live through and endure the circumstances in the book. It must have took incredible strength to write this story so that in some way all those lives were not fo
Elie Wiesels's “The Accident” shows the struggle of Elisha flawlessly as he takes you through the events that lead to the accident. You can really get a visual of what is going on Elisha’s head, and his obsession with death as he try’s to move past what happened to him in the concentration camps. Wiesels creates interesting relationships though out “The Accident” that show how Elisha lies about loving his girlfriend, and lies about wanting to survive in the shadow of his dark past. If you are i ...more
Amy Tabler-Yingling
This book consist of three different stories the first Night is Wiesel's most famous memoir of his experiences as a Jewish teenager during World War II and his survival of Auschwitz and other camps. I had read Night before, because it is published separately from Dawn/Day even though in this version the stories are published in one volume, as required reading in a class I took in college on the Holocaust and I have read it quite a few times since then it is one of those stories not only where yo ...more
Eriq Boykin
Ms moller I hope this is ok so I enjoyed this book. And it really made me think a couple parts really hit me hard. I enjoyed it so much that I want to read the series. Thats big coming from me considering I dont like to read at all I recommend it to freshman and up.
Ashley Harbison
Jul 31, 2007 Ashley Harbison rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This book is an incredible story of survival and rebirth. Just amazing. I cannot imagine experiencing some (or any) of the things inside these short stories/memoirs. This should be required reading for all.
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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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The Night Trilogy (3 books)
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