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The Night Trilogy: Night/Dawn/Day

(The Night Trilogy #1-3)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  3,929 ratings  ·  424 reviews
The new translation of the bestselling memoir Night in one volume with its companion novels, Dawn and Day

Night is one of the masterpieces of Holocaust literature. First published in 1958, it is the autobiographical account of an adolescent boy and his father in Auschwitz. Elie Wiesel writes of their battle for survival and of his battle with God for a way to understa
Paperback, 339 pages
Published April 15th 2008 by Hill & Wang (first published July 7th 1977)
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Preface to the New Translation
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Greta G
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  ·  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
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
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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
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 Wies ...more
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I did not expect that the two novels in this collection would be more heartbreaking and devastating than the memoir set in the concentration camps of the Holocaust, but that is precisely what I discovered. That speaks volumes about the scars left upon author Elie Wiesel after his so-called liberation. In Night, Wiesel kept to himself any fears he may have had about the experiences of his mother and younger sister when the trains unloaded, but women young and old play significant roles in Dawn an ...more
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
This book had been on my bookshelf for some time. I recently saw that even German magazines and newspapers were comparing the U.S. under 45 with prewar Germany. I thought perhaps some holocaust reading and information would be pertinent. Babies in cages, demonization of the other, Shock troopers conducting raids and tearing children from their families. A populace that turns their heads because it doesn't immediately affect them. Even the Jews in Wiesel's first story "Night" refused to believe t ...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
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
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
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 i
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 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
Sheri Milam
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.

Aizat Nazli
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
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.
Paige Cuthbertson
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it

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
Tippy Jackson
This is 3 books in one. My rating is actually 5 stars for the first two stories and 4 stars for the last one. Book one takes place in a concentration camp. It's an autobiographical account of a boy and his father and is very good. My favorite quote from this section: "The general opinion was that we were going to remain in the ghetto until the end of the war, until the arrival of the Red Army. Then everything would be as before. It was neither German nor Jew who ruled the ghetto- it was illusion ...more
Inês Brito
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: like, 2019
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
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I had of Elie Wiesel before, most likely from interviews on TV networks describing the holocaust and all the horror stories that went along with it.

I rated "Night" with 5 stars as many other have done with their reviews. I lived in West Germany for 4 years from 1973-77 and went to two concentration camps on field trips; Struthof in France and Dachau in Germany, and with all the photos of the prisoners in bunks stacked 3 or 4 high, and the items stolen from them; clothes, glasses, suitcases, was
Melissa Gastorf
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Columbia Warren
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As many others, I was familiar with Night before reading this, but was unaware of Elie Wiesel's other writing. The two fictional works in this book are both powerful and beautifully written and well worth reading.
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.
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Obviously I was aware of Night and have taught the text many times. I didn’t know the other two in this trilogy were fiction. They were most definitely deep and moving, but I wasn’t as intrigued with them as I expected.
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
I first read Elie Wiesel's "Night" in high school and planned to give it a reread after he passed away. I was surprised to learn there was a trilogy so I picked up this book, which has fictional works "Dawn" and "Day" too. While the latter two are certainly heavy with the absolute turmoil that surviving the Holocaust caused, I didn't love the pairing of both fiction and nonfiction in one big work.

"Night," of course," tells the story of some of Wiesel's acutal experiences in Auschwitz and Buchenw
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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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