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Dawn: A Novel (The Night Trilogy #2)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  6,570 ratings  ·  401 reviews
“The author…has built knowledge into artistic fiction.”— The New York Times Book Review

Elisha is a young Jewish man, a Holocaust survivor, and an Israeli freedom fighter in British-controlled Palestine; John Dawson is the captured English officer he will murder at dawn in retribution for the British execution of a fellow freedom fighter. The night-long wait for morning and...more
ebook, 96 pages
Published March 21st 2006 by Hill and Wang (first published 1960)
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3 and 1/2 stars

Though this is a novella, it's sometimes marketed as part of a trilogy with the nonfictional Night. I can see the relevance, as Wiesel himself says in this book's introduction that he imagined what might've happened if he'd been recruited after his Holocaust experiences to become a terrorist in Palestine. And while I didn't find this as affecting as the memoir Night, it is still relevant, imagining the kind of young person that might become a murderer for a cause and the toll that...more
This book is very different from anything else I've read. It's the follow up to Elie Wiesel's memoir Night, but this time the story is fictional. Because it's fictional, right off the bat it's easier to digest than Night. It revolves around a Holocaust survivor's morals and way of thinking after he becomes part of the Jewish Resistance in Palestine and is ordered to execute a British soldier. Can the victim ever become the murderer? Do the crimes of others make it okay for you to commit the same...more
Skylar Burris
Dawn is a beautifully written but disturbing novel about an Israeli terrorist waiting to assassinate a British officer in retaliation for the hanging of an Israeli. This novel evokes a great deal of thought about stopping violence with violence and hate with hate. Reflecting on the persecution the Jews have suffered, the young assassin Elisha says: "Now our only chance lies in hating you, in learning the necessity of the art of hate." However, the novel seems ultimately to say that hatred must b...more
Oct 29, 2008 RØB rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like coming-of-age stories
DAWN is an interesting companion piece to NIGHT even if it wasn't necessarily intended to be (but given their titles, you have to think there is some correlation). Elie Wiesel again provides a stark and direct style and his incorporation of supernatural elements, imagined or real, while at times confusing, is especially powerful. It is indeed not a frequently-seen literary phenomenon to see Jews "on the other side of the gun," as it were. A coming-of-age story of a slightly different sort that m...more
Zahra M
Perhaps it's my fault for assuming that 'Dawn' was a follow up to Wiesel's brilliant memoir 'Night'.

Or perhaps the book was just boring. Well written, but boring.

In my view, 'Dawn' should not be packaged as the second part of a trilogy, because I did not get any sense of continuation; there was a lot of philosophising but no real sense of transition from the night that was Wiesel's life in a concentration camp to dawn in the Promised Land. I felt that there were a number of gaps.

It has certain...more
John Walters
This book came to me by accident. I was visiting the library at Anatolia High School in Thessaloniki one day and, as is occasionally the case, there was a pile of books on a table outside the door - books that had been purged from the collection, free for the taking. I am wary of such books, as they are often not worth the trouble, either because they are falling apart, or because they are lousy books. But this one caught my eye because I had heard of one of Elie Wiesel's other books, "Night", d...more
I wouldn't have enjoyed this as much without reading Night first - even though it's not a sequel.
Incredibly relevant. While a historical novel, in our post-9/11 world that's cluttered with arrogance and self-righteous politics, this should be required reading. Dawn is unnerving; it shakes you to the core. The lines between "us" and "them" are blurred and the reader cannot possibly walk away viewing the world through the same narrow lens they came in with. Read it.
Read a book by this author already and enjoyed it so much I'd like to read another. Unfortunately, I didn't realize this one was fiction. I don't know why it is, but I don't enjoy fictional accounts about the Holocaust or its survivors. The true story is horrific enough.

Anyway, while this is well written but I just couldn't get into it.
I read Dawn along with Night and Day. Night is autobiographical and Dawn and Day are fiction based on his experiences. Read as a trilogy, Wiesel invites you in as a house invites the breeze to sweep through and breathe in every corner of its four walls.
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I love Wiesel's book, Night. While one of the most difficult books I have ever read, it digs deep into the soul of a person. This one was a little too out there for me to relate to. Perhaps a second read would help me think through some of the themes a bit more, but I don't know if I can bring myself to dig into this book again. While it does not have the horror of Night, it seems that the soul of the character is in even worse condition. There is no hope. All the dawn brings is the realization...more
Amelia the Strange
Dawn is the second book in Elie Weisel's trilogy (after Night.) However, it is not really a sequel, as Night is a memoir and Dawn is fiction.

Dawn is about Elisha, a Holocaust survivor. After the war, he moves to the British Mandate of Palestine and joins a terrorist group determined to purge the British from the area. One night, Elisha is told he must execute British soldier. The novel is about Elisha dealing with his own turmoil.

I recall reading shortly after I completed Dawn that Wiesel wrote...more
Rachel Moore

A Jewish Terrorist
Rachel Moore

Dawn, a World War Two story by Elie Wiesel, makes the reader feel what it’s like knowing that you are about to become a drastically different person. Wiesel creates the feeling that you are there with him, waiting to execute the man in the basement. In the story, 18-year-old Elie Wiesel is given orders to execute a British officer that had been taken hostage by the Jewish terrorist gang he is a part of. John Dawson, the officer, patiently awaits his death in a ce...more
"Night is purer than day; it is better for thinking and loving and dreaming. At night everything is more intense, more true. The echo of words that have been spoken during the day takes on a new and deeper meaning." -- Elie Wiesel

"There are times, his father said, that when words and prayers are not enough. The God of grace is also the God of war. And war is not a matter of words." -- Elie Wiesel

"Being afraid, I ought to have told her, is nothing. Fear is only a color, a backdrop, a landscape. T...more
"A man hates his enemy because he hates his own hate. He says to himself: This fellow, my enemy, has made me capable of hate. I hate him not because he's my enemy, not because he hates me, but because he arouses me to hate." Elisha (Jewish partisan) justifying the killing of British soldier John Dawson.

Another short novel that is loaded with the philosophical gamut of humanity in times of war. To become a murderer in the name of cause, to avenge the oppression you were once victimized by, to bec...more
Zack Hansen
The book Dawn by Elie Wiesel is a very good book to read, well for me anyways, because it’s about two men waiting through the night in British-controlled Palestine for dawn to come and possible their own death during World War II. One of the men is a captured English officer and the other is Elisha, a young Israeli Freedom Fighter. I would strongly recommend this book for others to read, because of the way Elie Wiesel had incorporated the action, the suspense, and the historical events in the bo...more
Ian Cole
"Dawn" is considered the second book in the "Night" Trilogy by Elie Wiesel, but in actuality, the two have little to do with one another. Whereas "Night" is a true story about a young boy surviving the horrors of the Holocaust, "Dawn" is a fictional work that is more philosophical in nature. "Dawn" tells the story of Elisha, a Holocaust survivor who is now a member of a Jewish resistance group in Palestine during English occupation. Members of the resistance have been captured and sentenced to d...more
Rachel Lohman
Elie Wiesel’s purpose in writing Dawn, was simply to attach another plot to the first book in the series Night. The author used Elisha to show another boy that was going through the same heartaches as Eliezer, the author himself, went through during WWII. The plots of the two novels are similar but have differences at the same time. Wiesel used Elisha to connect events that happened in his life in Night, but added a different storyline to fill in the missing pieces. I believe that Wiesel wanted...more
Trong phần 2 có tên là "Rạng Sáng", Wiesel không tiếp tục câu chuyện sau khi anh thoát ra khỏi trại tập trung trong "Đêm" mà kể về việc anh được lệnh xử bắn một người lính Anh - kẻ được xem là kẻ thù của người Do Thái ở Palestine.
Cuốn sách ngắn gọn không có nhiều sự kiện nhưng tràn ngập những suy tư, ám ảnh của một chàng trai trẻ khi đối diện với việc mình sắp trở thành một kẻ giết người, làn ranh mỏng manh giữa sự sống và cái chết khi những ký ức ở trại tập trung vẫn còn chưa phai nhạt.
The beautiful writing in this book I give 5 stars. That being said the story, though I did not love it as much as Night, was a very good one as well. I was drawn to Elisha's plight & hoping the entire time that he would do the right thing. But the thing is, Elisha didn't know what the right thing to do was & he was torn by loyalties & his own haunting memories of the concentration camps & the great losses he suffered. The book follows Elisha's thought process as he finds out he h...more
I am very sorry, this is not a literary production worth my time. I took this book full of hope, after reading "Night" (which was a four stars in my books, I think) .... Unlike Night, though, this new novel an invention, a clever mind building a situation and offering an ending.

This writing(?) does not contribute to the historical account of WWII, the way Night does, nor does it provide any literary achievement (i.e. the literary means employed in this book are mediocre at best).

So no hisorica...more
Brea Mapes
I read the book "Dawn" by Elie Wiesel. Before I read this book I had high expectations because of his first book "Night" which was written extremely well. "Dawn" was a fairly short book, yet it took me weeks to finish. I just couldn’t get into it the way I did his first book. In "Dawn" Elie is an 18 year old boy who is forced to become a murderer and a terrorist. Elie knows he shouldn’t kill a man, but does so anyways. I found this book unexciting and somewhat boring compared to his first book....more
Arvinder S.
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Nicole Marble
A simple story of a young Jewish freedom fighter, before the state of Israel, who is required to execute a British soldier. At the time, Palestine was occupied by the British army. The Jewish soldier meditates about patriotism and honor and duty and truth when he is forced to murder a stranger. It would be good if todays Israelis could read this story and replace the British soldier with a Palestinian arab.
取るに足らない (tina) (hiatus: school)
1.5 stars
I hated the narrator. His speaking and descriptions ofthe enviroment and what he felt and thought wasn't as well as I hoped. But I didn't dislike this novel as much as Day . Day's narrator was worse. I never felt anything for the guy. He pissed me off in his dealings with himself and the people around him. But anyways, back to Dawn. Dawn was a book about a man in a (typical) moral situation in which he deals with his values about whenter he can "kill" another person or not. Whenther...more
My Daughter bought me the set for my Birthday.
I have read the book, but I liked "Night" the best of all.
John Tessitore
Wiesel published this book in 1960. The basic plot--war, hostage, execution--has been repeated, in real life, countless times since its publication. It is a brilliant book. It also misses something obvious, something Wiesel knew and something that events like the Boston bombing have revealed to the rest of us: trauma (personal, familial, national, ethnic) erodes our capacity for rational thought, for self-expression that can be perfectly understood by others. Trauma makes us less recognizable to...more
Eli Wiesel’s dawn, the “sequel” of Night, and the second book in the Night trilogy, is the story of an eighteen year old boy named Elisha. When Elisha is charged with the task of taking another man’s life, he has to decide if he truly can do it, or if the haunting memories of his time in the concentration camps, and the memories of those he has loved and lost will lead him to a different decision. As Elisha try’s to come to grips with the thought of killing another human being, especially an inn...more
This work was the fictional follow-up to Night in The Night Trilogy, which he stated and I interpreted to be an exploration of what living through the Holocaust in a death camp might have led to, or what it might have turned him into. Many existential questions are posed through the main character, who is haunted by his past, and caught in between being a human in a radical group and made into a monster by that very group that has given him purpose. Dawn was brilliant. The flashes of colour give...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.

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“Night is purer than day; it is better for thinking and loving and dreaming. At night everything is more intense, more true. The echo of words that have been spoken during the day takes on a new and deeper meaning. The tragedy of man is that he doesn't know how to distinguish between day and night. He says things at night that should only be said by day.” 139 likes
“It was the beginning of the war. I was twelve years old, my parents were alive, and God still dwelt in our town.” 12 likes
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