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Night (The Night Trilogy #1)

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  456,797 ratings  ·  14,837 reviews
For use in schools and libraries only. 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 and his innocence.
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published January 16th 2006 by Sagebrush Press (CA) (first published 1958)
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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...more
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...more
Litchick (is stuck in the 19th century)


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...more
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...more
Kat
Jul 16, 2012 Kat rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Kristen (Peddler of Smut)
Jan 23, 2013 Kristen (Peddler of Smut) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Sean Gray
Jan 12, 2008 Sean Gray rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Daniel
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
Anna Motteler
Jan 22, 2009 Anna Motteler rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Xysea
Jul 07, 2008 Xysea rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Cathy DuPont
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...more
BirdBrian
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...more
Lorena
Jul 03, 2008 Lorena rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
Tania
Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes.

This book is a shocking and very personal account of the authors time spend in german concentracion camps. Night felt more real than any of the other holocaust memoirs I've read before, and I think this is because Elie tells you how he felt and not just what he saw.

I've never really thought about what it must have felt like to be very religious and then have all of these horrible events happen to y...more
Eric_W
We used this book for a class I was co-teaching which attempted to measure learning outcomes of community college students. It's an excellent book for getting discussions going and seeing how students relate to events of which they have no experience. As a holocaust book, however, I think there are better books out there, but to get a real sense it's important to read many. I still find Hannah Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil to be one of the most significant. Tw...more
Thomas
I'm not going to bother with a synopsis. Night was one of the most emotionally draining books I have ever read. I am probably one of the most emotional people out there. So mix an emotionally draining book with an extremely emotional person with a late night reading... oh boy. Elie Wiesel truly deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. I'm going to escape the depression this book has caused me by going to bed now...
Jason
I'm fasting tomorrow because of this book. So many have died so cruelly, and I have so much. Period.
Ben
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Emir Never
"Never shall I forget that night, the first night in the camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky.

Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever.

Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live. Never shall I fo
...more
Anna
Here's my caveat: although I think Night is very well written, and therefor rated it as such, I need to note that I believe that its author is one of the great current enemies of the Jewish people. Why? Because he tries to feed us profane and immoral answers (support the zionist agenda no matter what, embrace Israel as a fictive "Jewish homeland", condone a genocidal agenda toward the Palestinian people) in response to a series of sacred and enduring questions (as a Jewish people, what is our pl...more
Jim
Mar 21, 2013 Jim rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Blunt and brief, this book is riveting; I couldn't put it down. It's maddening that humans can treat each other in such a beastly fashion, but I suppose we should be inured to it by now. After all, countries that claim to be civilized still maintain combatant civilians in camps without trial and torture them while thus incarcerated. Few people speak out against it. Nothing has changed.
Zenmoon

This book sat on the book-stand by my bed for a few weeks before I could bring myself to read it. I kept glancing over at it, picking it up, putting it down - wanting to read it, steeling myself to read it, daunted by the prospect of reading it, back and forth.

‘Night’ is a short, but disturbing memoir which details Elie Wiesel’s memories of the beginnings of Jewish deportation, from Hungary, in 1944, to the Nazi death camps of Germany. Elie writes about his subsequent incarceration, along with h...more
Beth
Read this book. Every person on Earth should. It defines humanity--and inhumanity--and may just be the single most important book written in the modern age.
Ancilla
How come there are people in this world who questioned that NAZI and holocaust really happened in the past?!!!!

Come on...
There are a lot of fact, stories and people who try to forget the nasty horrible moment which happened to them.
History is the past, which we never can change, can't we?

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Elie Wiesel Elie Wiesel adalah salah satu saksi hidup kekejaman NAZI dengan berbagai kamp konsentrasi untuk memusnahkan etnis Yahudi di daerah Eropa (Jerman d...more
Heather
Apr 06, 2008 Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
I read this book almost entirely in one sitting. It felt like seeing a horrible accident that had just taken place, or watching craniofacial surgery on television--you want to close your eyes and block it out, but part of you just can't turn away. I know I will be haunted by some of the things I read in this book for a long time--but that is probably the price we should all pay to make sure something like the Holocaust can never happen again on this earth.

I honestly cannot comprehend how it eve...more
Maria Pomeroy
I know it may sound morbid but I love books about the "Holocaust"!
Not in a gloomy, grisly, glum, gruesome way but in a way that allows the atrocities, horror and cruelties to be remembered.
We all need to learn from our history so we can prevent the unjust and incomprehensible from being repeated.
'Night" is a wonderful, insightful story written by a young man who lived through every horrific second of losing everything and everyone he ever loved.
There are a multitude of horror being committed a...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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