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

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Night is a work by Elie Wiesel about his experience with his father in the Nazi German concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald in 1944–1945, at the height of the Holocaust and toward the end of the Second World War. In just over 100 pages of sparse and fragmented narrative, Wiesel writes about the death of God and his own increasing disgust with humanity, re
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 7th 1977 by Jason Aronson (first published 1962)
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Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 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
Ana  Vlădescu
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
Nov 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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.
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
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
María Paz Greene
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Súper bueno, aunque no sé si califica como trilogía. Es que el primero de los libros es una autobiografía real, y los otros dos son novelas, entonces, aunque el tono pueda ser parecido... no es lo mismo.

El mejor de los tres es el primero "La noche", al que le di cinco estrellas (pese a que, por concepto, creo que una historia real como esa es difícil de "calificar"). "El alba" es bueno también, pero... no me gustó que fuera una justificación poetizada de lo que es asesinar a un hombre (independi
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Antonia Untalan
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good, reread, 2016
(5 stars just for night, putting dawn and day in as separate books)
Sam Schmitt
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
"The ghetto was ruled by neither German or Jew.; it was ruled by delusion."
pg. 30

"Never shall I forget that night, the first night in the camp, that turned my life into one long night seven time sealed.
Never shall I forget that smoke.
Never shall I forget the small faces of the children whose bodies I saw transformed into smoke under a silent sky.
Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith forever.
Never shall I forget the eternal silence that deprived me for all eternity of the des
David Oskutis
This is actually 3 books, and while it is a "trilogy", and their titles, would make one think they are all parts of the same story, this is a loose assumption to make. Night, truly magnificent, is the story of Mr. Elie Wiesel's recollection of life in a concentration camp. His survival, his existence, his ability to continue on through daily life is truly remarkable, harrowing, and sympathetically impressive. Like The Diary of Anne Frank, this is a story I would say most people should read at le ...more
Danielle Urban
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Night Trilogy by Elle Wiesel is a gruesome account of the suffering he and his family faced during World War II. A time of Death, loss, and torment. This was one of history's nightmarish memories that will never be forgotten. The Nazis were cruel dictators killing innocent human beings without a hesitation. The page in this book showed it all.

Young Elle Wiesel experienced what no other teenage boy should have faced. He and his family were just one of countless numbers herded onto cattle car
Joni Taylor
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elie Wiesel, in general, should be required reading. His words. His story. His life evokes images and a reality that is hard to read, but I find his raw honesty and perspective touches me in a place I won't forget. And I think that is why what he writes is important. Night was hard to read for me. Mostly because the monsters were ordinary people. I mean it is horrific and tragic and I want the people to have devil ears and fire blowing out of their mouths. But the terror, is that they were just ...more
Taylor Soltys
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read night years ago but was just as drawn in by Elies story of the holocost as I was years ago. The following two books are actually novels based loosely on his questions about how to continue after having lived what he did the accident or Day as it is titled here is loosely based on an event in his life as well. Should be mandatory reading for every high school student so that these atrocities are never repeated.
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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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The Night Trilogy (3 books)
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