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Night by Elie Wiesel
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Apr 06, 08

bookshelves: fiction, book-club-selections
Recommended for: everyone
Read in April, 2008

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 ever got that far in the first place. In the twentieth century! Within the lifetime of many, many people still living today! Heinous violations of human rights by the ancient Romans, for example, are somehow easier to swallow, dismissing them as the acts of an ancient, uncivilized society. But the history of World War II has shown us that we can never put our guard down.

There is no way to give this book any fewer than five stars, but I wish with all my heart it had never had to be written.
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