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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  326 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Nightfather is a novel about the Holocaust like no other. Written in a deeply affecting style mixing lightness with gravity, it captures not only the experience of the concentration camp, but also its powerful legacy, passed down to a new generation through the enormous bond of love that ties parent and child. In forty brief chapters, the young daughter of a survivor tells ...more
Paperback, 129 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Persea Books (first published 1991)
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Feb 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
I don't generally use fiction to teach about the Holocaust. There are too many good "true stories" available to represent the many dark years of that experience. I don't consider "The Diary of Anne Frank" true Holocaust lierature (though not fiction) nor am I fond of "Number the Stars" but occasionally a piece of fiction comes along that opens the conversation in a way that complicates rather than simplifies the complexity of that ordeal. "Milkweed," by Jerry Spinelli, is one of them and "Nightf ...more
Apr 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: holocaust, ya-fiction
This book is awesome! I picked it up last week and thought that it looked kinda scary, but it was a Holocaust book so I had to read it. This is a very fast read. It is told from the point of view of a young girl whose father was in a concentration camp during World War II. It never says whether or not he is Jewish, but he is very open with his family and is constantly telling stories about his time in the camp and the horrible experiences he had. The interesting part is that he often tells stori ...more
Danny Fahey
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There have been many stories written about the horrors of the concentration camps and the terrible crimes inflicted upon the Jews by the Nazis but this book deals with aftermath of that. A man survives, finds his love and they have children - but of course the horrors of the concentration camp - both mental and physical - do not simply vanish like a fog. The man explains his history to his children and thus they also must deal with the "camp" and what was done to their father - and their fear th ...more
Oct 15, 2009 rated it it was ok
It was dark and repetitive, but i loved the ending.
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nederlands, wwi-ii
Weer een heel andere invalshoek op de gevolgen van de holocaust op een vaak ontroerende wijze verteld uit het oogpunt van een kind.
Brittany Kaiser
Jun 18, 2014 rated it liked it

The book tries to show how it was like back then, and how he survived through it. The war sounds like a terrible place to be if you are Jewish. His father tells of the concentration camps he was stationed in. He says many horrible things that happened to him there, but he also tells about some upsides to it all.
One of the general Nazi police, was nice to him at points, but tried not to show that he actually did like him. The police got the father all nice and freshly groomed so that he could g
Apr 18, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school, dutch
I really didn't like this book.

At the start it was quite interesting, an interesting concept about a father who had been to a concentration camp in the Second Worldwar and now he's a trauma (it's called Camp in the book) which makes him tell all sorts of stories about the camp and what happened there and what happened to him.

For a few chapters is it really interesting, it gives a 'new', sometimes unexpected look at some situations.
But after a few chapters it gets boring. Because there's no plot
Mar 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
In the author's note at the end of this novel, Carl Friedman says she wrote this novel not only as a remembrance of her father but to try to convey to people that we just need to be kind to one another. Anyone reading this novel, reading the short and concise "stories" about a man who survived the Holocaust, should have a much clearer realization of the horror one human can subject another to. The "stories" are told from the perspective of a young girl who listens with rapt attention to the tale ...more
Nick Arsenault
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Nightfather is a book of mystery and historical fiction. The narrator in this book is a little girl about eight years old, she is never named throughout the book. All stories come from the dad who is a holocaust survivor. He tells of all his stories, telling his kids how lucky they really are to have all they do. They are not beating to work or scared of being killed each day in the gas chamber. The dad is constantly walking around at night because of his PTSD from the war which still haunts him ...more
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
2004- I've read many books about the Holocaust, and this book is like no other I've come across. It mainly deals with what happened afterwards, and how three siblings struggle to understand what their father went through while imprisoned in a concentration camp. The youngest sibling, a girl, who remains unnamed for the duration of the story, listens along with her two older brothers as their father tells them stories of torture, murder, and survival. Each chapter is short, but tells of one exper ...more
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Dec 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Beautiful story about a family with a father traumatised by what he experienced during World war II. It's especially touching because it is narrated through the perspective of one of the children of the family which gives it sort of distance from the actual trauma's. This child being quite young simply tells the reader what her father and the rest of the family say and do. It is as if the narrator does not really understand what exactly is her fathers problem but through her story the reader doe ...more
Mrs. Hassig
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was hooked after reading page 1. If you're not prepared for graphic scenes and language this book is not for you. Definitely young adult to adult. The survivor's memories are so real you can smell and hear them. This book is written by a 2nd generation woman who was the daughter of a survivor. You are constantly questioning the post traumatic stress that is being experienced by the survivor as well as his 3 children and wife. Everyone in this story has "camp." Thank God most of us will never h ...more
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I liked that the author wrote the book as the memories she grew up listening to. The Traumatizing events that the victims had to go through, and had to deal with after they were liberated from the concentration camps. It also shows the impact the stories and lessons from our pasts can and will shape our kids in the future. I feel that this was a good memoir to her father's stories and a good eye opener about what some of the victims had to go through after the Holocaust.
Rebekah Olson
Jul 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. We read it as a class, and although some people did not enjoy the vignette style, I , for one, did.

At first you may not think the the stories are very connected, but as you get to the end you see how much you learned about this family and about the Holocaust.

The last vignette especially, Bette, adds a brilliant finish to an awesome book.
Christina Singh
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was very different from the many other Holocaust books I've read. But I really enjoyed it. I loved the short chapters because as short as they were, they were each totally different with a different message. It was interesting seeing how a father's stories of his experiences greatly influenced his children's behavior.
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my all-time favorite books about the Holocaust. I love the way it is written -- almost like poetry. Don't make a mistake though, it is not happy -- and I wouldn't even say it necessarily has a happy ending. I think the book underscores again for me that many of the casualties of the war were among the living, and many of the victims were of the next generation. Powerful book.
Marieke Westerhout
Erg indrukwekkend beschreven. Zet je aan het nadenken over de nasleep van oorlog. Het hoofdstukje 'vragen' gaat in op het thema God en het lijden. Dit hoofdstuk laat je ook erg nadenken. Ook geschikt voor leerlingen vanaf hv 3
Mar 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting novel told from a different perspective. There are some lines that leave you contemplating their true meaning and what such words say about humanity! An alternative novel to study in place of Wiesel's Night or Anne Frank's Diary.
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Prachtig, diep ontroerend, aangrijpend boek. Dat later bekend werd dat Friedman helemaal niet joods is, was misschien schokkend, maar dat doet aan de kwaliteit van dit boek niets af. Sterker nog: het maakt de prestatie op een merkwaardige manier alleen maar groter.
Jennifer Mangler
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
"I've had camp." I never knew three words could pack such a devastating gut punch. Ephraim never truly escapes "camp," and his children are haunted by it as well. This is a heartbreaking book, and it haunts me.
Jul 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
searingly, beautifully written

read it

then read it again.

Geogegillion The
Feb 29, 2012 is currently reading it
The book Night Father is a very original story that could have happend in real life. The story tells you about real life and it is not that good its pretty boring;D just saying;D<3
Jan 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I thought this was a good book it has all povs from the children the wife and the father who told about the storys
Apr 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book is very difficult to get through. My heart breaks for the narrator and her siblings.
Holocaust --
Sep 08, 2010 rated it liked it
wish there were more detail to the characters and some of the father's stories . . but i loved the ending
Nov 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Versión española: Al otro lado de la alambrada, traducido por mi profe de holandés Ana María Crespo Solans
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Bijzonder boek!
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: holocaust
This is a series of vignettes about growing up in a home with a father who has survived the holocaust. It is fiction and is translated from the Dutch. Highly recommended reading.
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Carl Friedman (1952) debuteerde in 1991 met de alom geprezen novelle Tralievader. Hiervan verschenen inmiddels vertalingen in het Duits (Vater, eine Erzählung, 1993), Engels (Nightfather, 1994), Italiaans (Come siamo fortunati, 1997), Frans (Mon père couleur de nuit, 2001) en Spaans (Al otro lado de la alambrada, 2001). Voorts werd het boek verfilmd door Danniel Danniel, de film werd in 1997 uitge ...more
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