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The Night Trilogy: Night, Dawn, the Accident

(The Night Trilogy #1-3)

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The first three works by Elie Wiesel are here brought together in one volume, where the terrifying truth of their vision, the stunning simplicity of their art, and the power of their unity achieve epic dimensions.

Night, first published in 1960, is Wiesel's true account of spiritual and national exile and one of the masterpieces of Holocaust literature. The adolescent Elie
Paperback, 318 pages
Published September 1st 1987 by Hill and Wang (first published 1962)
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Foreword, by François Mauriac



I don't understand why this is called a trilogy.
'Night' is a holocaust memoir ; 'Dawn' and 'Day' are fiction novels about holocaust survivors.

'Night' was a good read but to be honest I expected it to be much better than it was. His memoir is mainly about the struggle with his faith, which I can understand, but that didn't appeal to me as much as other holocaust memoirs.

'Dawn' was a real drag to read. It's about a young holocaust-survivor who joins a Jewish underground movement in Palestine an
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Dawn and Day I find much better than Night - but that is just my personal opinion. The short stories are an exercise in imagination on the part of Wiesel, who envisions situations in which he places a character veru much like himself. Because his character is always his age and a Holocaust survivor, he seems real, human, tangible, never fake or drawn out. I read this the day I visited his Memorial House in Sighetul Marmatiei, a town in my country of Romania. He was born and lived here before bei ...more
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
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oddly enough, in reading Night I thought of it as a coming of age story, a Bildungsroman set in a concentration camp. At times the horrors of what Elie Wiesel was forced to endure seemed almost Dickensian, admittedly a curious reaction to a Holocaust story but I quickly got the feeling that Wiesel had put off relating the barbarity of what he experienced until time had at least marginally softened his memories & provided some minimal distance from his experiences. By this, I sense that what ...more
Apr 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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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
Nov 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book in Nobel Peace Prize Winner Elie Wiesel's Night trilogy is autobiographical, while the subsequent two draw on his Holocaust experiences to craft two very different fictional explorations of life after the concentration camps—harrowing stories, staggering in their visceral honesty and gorgeous prose that relays unimaginable horrors.

"I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppress
I read Night close to two years ago. I finished it in one sitting with tears rolling down my face. I think everyone should read this once in their life.


Dawn ... I can't really add anything that has already been said before, so this will be short and sweet with more quotes that moved me instead. Spoilers ahead for anyone who will read. Reader beware. A boy who faced thee insurmountable of insurmountable-s of circumstances is left to try and start himself again. But he can't. His faith is sh
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Night: The language used here is so haunting and beautiful that I often felt myself on the verge of tears. It’s hard to say anything other than how chilling and important EW’s memoir is to all generations.
Dawn: I really found this piece quite interesting and I quite enjoyed it. This almost felt like an episode of The Twilight Zone due to the combination of the mystical/spiritual conflicts and real-life actions.
Day (The Accident): I wasn’t as keen on this story, but perhaps it takes a few readi
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
Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I gave three stars to the trilogy only because I would give 4-5 stars to the first book and 2-3 to the second and third ones. It's difficult to talk about the trilogy as a whole, because the three books are very different. For me, it was a mistake to read them all, because I appreciated the first one and struggled over the second and third books.

The thing is that Night is pure memoirs, and these are must-read memoirs about the Holocaust.

However, Dawn and Day (Accident in some editions) are ficti
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Aizat Nazli
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never have I read a piece of writing that has simply moved me to tears. 'Night' was eloquently and vividly written that it moved me in many ways that I thought were not possible. If there's one thing that I would like people from the coming generations to be aware of, it's this amazing piece of writing that is called 'Night'.

'Dawn' and 'Day' depicts -in fictional terms- the author's struggle in forming a new life after going through such atrocities that has casted a permanent shadow onto him whe
Rebecca Williams
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sheri Milam
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my second time to read Night and my first experience with Dawn and Day. Each one was written from the heart of someone who was permanently changed by the awful events of the Holocaust. Night is primarily about Wiesel’s struggle with his faith throughout his imprisonment in Auschwitz and Buchenwald. A struggle that I would consider inevitable in such a situation. That anyone who experienced such loss and torture maintained faith in anything is incomprehensible, yet somehow many did.

Paige Cuthbertson
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I picked up this book- actually three books in one volume- for a book club.
Night is a book I’d been longing to read and had never gotten to, so I was happy to finally have a reason to pick it up. Night is Weisel’s harrowing true-life account of his time in the concentration camps. He was only 14 when he was sent to these prisons of torture and doom. How to describe Night? Heartbreaking. Sobering. Dark. As a Believer, it was incredibly sad to see the Jewish boy lose his faith. Not only did he la
Inês Brito
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In the beginning I had some trouble to understand why this is called a trilogy. 'Night' is a Holocaust memoir, while 'Dawn' and 'Day' are fiction novels. But in the end I understood.
One that had live what Wiesel and so many more lived can't forget that past, can't live without seeing images from that time everywhere. And that's what 'Dawn' and 'Day' are about. I think it was a way to Wiesel to 'let go' some of his memories.

Being said that:
'Night' was really impressive to me, as any Holocaust b
Melissa Gastorf
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Night is the only true story in this book of 3. they others are fiction and yet, even then they belong. They are what happens after surviving the greatest hell imaginable, Hitler's concentration camp, and surviving, not really living, your life afterward. Questions of what is God and why things like Nazi Germany were allowed to happen are questioned in the tales, not answered, but asked.
Don't pick up this book if you are looking for a light, happy read. It is a worthy read, but Night depressed
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Night was incredible!!! Very heart breaking and real! The other two books were not as good, more than likely because they incorporated fiction in to them.
At first, I didn't understand why an autobiographical story would be included with two fiction stories, but after reading all three, I understand why. Dawn and Day almost seem to be potential lives after the events of Night. They are well written.
Ellie Midwood
How can I possibly write a review for this truly classical novel/memoir that would do it justice? I’ll still try. I read it the first time a long time ago and just recently came back to this book because in the back of my mind it was always there, just like my most favorite movie “Schindler’s List.” And just like it was hard to watch the movie, it is just as hard to read this book, however, it needs to be read and re-read, because the atrocities committed by the government of Nazi Germany agains ...more
Jan 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A moving exploration, through memoir and fiction, of some of the most significant questions human beings can face. What is the meaning of life? Of love? Of death? Is there a God who allows lives of such pain and suffering? I was particularly moved by the first part of the trilogy, Night, as it conveyed the tragic nature of friendship, loyalty and loss in the camps. Dawn tells the story of Elisha, a Holocaust survivor. After the war, Elisha moves to the British Mandate of Palestine and joins the ...more
Jul 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
Extremely disappointed in this book. While Night had some points where I couldn't put it down, Dawn was hard to get through. After the first couple pages of Dawn I quickly turned to the back of the book an learned that Dawn and The Accident are NOT true accounts of Elie's life even though Night is. Very disappointed with the way the events in Night were portrayed. They didn't seem to have as much as an impact on me as the holocaust should have. All of them are very short reads and do not give th ...more
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
Andrew H
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book....! So far I have read Night and I'm working on dawn. This book shows the bonds that people had before and during the concentration camps, and this book also shows the bond that broke. I would recommend this book to people who are willing to learn about life in concentration camps and survival inside them. There is a ton of plot twists and suspense. To conclude this was an awesome book and I really enjoyed it.
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Eliezer Wiesel was a Romania-born American novelist, political activist, and Holocaust survivor of Hungarian Jewish descent. He was 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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