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Elisha is a young Jewish man, a Holocaust survivor, and an Israeli freedom fighter in British-controlled Palestine; John Dawson is the captured English officer he will murder at dawn in retribution for the British execution of a fellow freedom fighter. The night-long wait for morning and deat
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Michaela No you don't have to... Dawn & Day are fictional stories of Holocaust Survivors, whereas Night is an autobiography. But I would still recommend…moreNo you don't have to... Dawn & Day are fictional stories of Holocaust Survivors, whereas Night is an autobiography. But I would still recommend reading all 3 books. Elie Wiesel is a powerful writer and it is definitely worth it. (less)
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Simon Your prolly just unintelligent... amazing book, amazing feeling, amazing writing, amazing lesson. You philistine.
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Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Elie Wiesel, a world famous, highly honored (and sometimes-criticized) Jewish writer and political activist, was born in Romania in 1928. The novella Dawn was his first work of fiction, published in 1960. Together with his famous memoir Night (1958, of the time he spent in Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps in 1944-5) and his next fictional work, Day (1961) it appears in The Night Trilogy. Wiesel died in 2016.

The Night Trilogy editi
Chris Horsefield
I am a huge fan of Elie Wiesel so was very happy with this book, since I read "Night" and saw his interview with Oprah Winfrey, I was hooked.
Rarely has a such a short novel made me think as much as this one, usually its the 500 page sledgehammer that creeps into your dreams as you absorb it over a few weeks, in barely 80 pages Elie Wiesel burrows into the subconcious,into the darkest part of the soul.

The setting is Palestine, 1947ish, the brits are still running the mandate. Pa
Lubinka Dimitrova
I'm sorry, this book pushed all the wrong buttons for me. It only evoked the resentment I feel for the modern state of Israel and its policies, and I simply couldn't shake off the feeling.

Wiesel's point is that we are the sum total of everything that has ever happened to us and everyone who has ever loved us or given us their time. An interesting point, to be sure. But all the reasoning behind Elisha's acts couldn't convince me that trying to justify your monstrosity by blaming your enemies for
Zahra M
Aug 21, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Perhaps it's my fault for assuming that 'Dawn' was a follow up to Wiesel's brilliant memoir 'Night'.

Or perhaps the book was just boring. Well written, but boring.

In my view, 'Dawn' should not be packaged as the second part of a trilogy, because I did not get any sense of continuation; there was a lot of philosophising but no real sense of transition from the night that was Wiesel's life in a concentration camp to dawn in the Promised Land. I felt that there were a number of gaps.

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Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This wasn't exactly like the first book-it only showed one part, and I just learned that it's fictional. I won't say that I agree with the beliefs of Elisha, but his feels and thoughts have been written elaborately. It has a deeper meaning to it-it's about killing our fellow human beings, the excuses we use to justify it, whether they be political or religious, or simply because we hated the other person. The writer has successfully explained the dilemmas of 18 year old Elisha who is to
Jul 15, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 and 1/2 stars

Though this is a novella, it's sometimes marketed as part of a trilogy with the nonfictional Night. I can see the relevance, as Wiesel himself says in this book's introduction that he imagined what might've happened if he'd been recruited after his Holocaust experiences to become a terrorist in Palestine. And while I didn't find this as affecting as the memoir Night, it is still relevant, imagining the kind of young person that might become a murderer for a cause and the toll that would t
John Walters
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book came to me by accident. I was visiting the library at Anatolia High School in Thessaloniki one day and, as is occasionally the case, there was a pile of books on a table outside the door - books that had been purged from the collection, free for the taking. I am wary of such books, as they are often not worth the trouble, either because they are falling apart, or because they are lousy books. But this one caught my eye because I had heard of one of Elie Wiesel's other books, "Night", d ...more
May 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a follow-up to "Night", which I found to be a bit odd. It’s not that I didn’t like “Dawn”, I did and it definitely affected me emotionally, but “Night” is much better. It’s the only book in the trilogy that’s a memoir, so obviously the styles are different. I wonder what “Day” will be like. I plan on reading that soon.
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Jun 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is very different from anything else I've read. It's the follow up to Elie Wiesel's memoir Night, but this time the story is fictional. Because it's fictional, right off the bat it's easier to digest than Night. It revolves around a Holocaust survivor's morals and way of thinking after he becomes part of the Jewish Resistance in Palestine and is ordered to execute a British soldier. Can the victim ever become the murderer? Do the crimes of others make it okay for you to commit the same ...more
Skylar Burris
Dec 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dawn is a beautifully written but disturbing novel about an Israeli terrorist waiting to assassinate a British officer in retaliation for the hanging of an Israeli. This novel evokes a great deal of thought about stopping violence with violence and hate with hate. Reflecting on the persecution the Jews have suffered, the young assassin Elisha says: "Now our only chance lies in hating you, in learning the necessity of the art of hate." However, the novel seems ultimately to say that hatred must b ...more
Every so often, I read a book that makes me wish I was back in grad school, so I could write a paper about it. This is one of those books. The only problem I have with it is that it's too short. I wanted to read more of Wiesel's beautiful and moving prose. I love his style of writing and was caught up by the characters and their stories.
The plot is about a young Jewish man named Elisha who is chosen to kill an English soldier named John Dawson. Elisha is part of the resistance movement in Pales
Ravi Prakash
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked the novel for its heart-rending depiction of the protoganist's mental agony as the first time killer. Short and easy read and thought provoking as well.
Aug 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly relevant. While a historical novel, in our post-9/11 world that's cluttered with arrogance and self-righteous politics, this should be required reading. Dawn is unnerving; it shakes you to the core. The lines between "us" and "them" are blurred and the reader cannot possibly walk away viewing the world through the same narrow lens they came in with. Read it.
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Don’t judge me, don’t kill me, don’t even atempt to murder me… BUT, I liked this book more than I liked the first one, and that’s the truth.

The first book “Night” is a non fiction book ok ? So it basically tells us what happened to Elie Wiesel while WWII, and when I started reading this second book somehow I t
Although the next book in this “trilogy” is a fiction, and doesn’t directly follow the non-fiction predecessor, this volume was equally hard to read as it delve into how those so hollowed out and tortured try to cope with life after, and how many choose to fight back and become more vigilant and militaristic themselves, the victims becoming the murderers because they feel the world has given them no alternative. Both disturbing and heartbreaking.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In Wiesel's first work of fiction, we spend a long and harrowing night with Elisha, an eighteen-year-old Holocaust survivor who was recruited as an Israeli terrorist to combat the British occupation of Palestine in order to fight for the creation of the Zionist state. When the sun rises, Elisha is destined to execute a captured English officer in retribution for the hanging of a fellow freedom fighter, and Dawn is an unnerving exploration of the anguish and internal struggle Elisha lives through as ...more
Oct 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like coming-of-age stories
DAWN is an interesting companion piece to NIGHT even if it wasn't necessarily intended to be (but given their titles, you have to think there is some correlation). Elie Wiesel again provides a stark and direct style and his incorporation of supernatural elements, imagined or real, while at times confusing, is especially powerful. It is indeed not a frequently-seen literary phenomenon to see Jews "on the other side of the gun," as it were. A coming-of-age story of a slightly different sort that m ...more
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A disturbing, provocative novella that explores what one would do if charged with the task to kill in the name of terrorism.
Apr 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dawn was different from Night. Dawn was fiction and Night was a memoir. Dawn made me think about life's choices and implications from a moral and philosophic perspective. Night was a highly emotional journey. On the surface they are so different it is hard to think of them as related, as one following the other. But as one evolving from the other, Dawn evolves from Night.
Jan 02, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am very sorry, this is not a literary production worth my time. I took this book full of hope, after reading "Night" (which was a four stars in my books, I think) .... Unlike Night, though, this new novel an invention, a clever mind building a situation and offering an ending.

This writing(?) does not contribute to the historical account of WWII, the way Night does, nor does it provide any literary achievement (i.e. the literary means employed in this book are mediocre at best).

So no hisorica
Apr 27, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dawn' was a real drag to read. It's about a young holocaust-survivor who joins a Jewish underground movement in Palestine and is commanded to execute a British officer who has been taken hostage. Sounds promising, but it really wasn't.
It was all about the inner struggle to fulfill the command to execute the officer. Too much philosophizing and mystic rhetoric, in the most pejorative sense possible. In fact, the boy was whining about it so much that I wished he would put a bullet through his own
This is attributed as being a sequel to the autobiographical Night which I think is a bit misleading, as that implies that this is autobiographical too.

Instead, Wiesel is musing what he might have been capable of, had he made some different life choices after WWII. So, basically, you have someone who won the Nobel Peace Prize musing about what would have induced him to murder someone.

It's a bit of a strange book, but it does indicate just how many huge gaps I have in my knowledge of modern Middle E
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual, Wiesel writes of darkness with beauty, humanity encompassed by inhumane actions. As usual it is sad, tragic, beautiful, and quieting.
Dec 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short read. The book deals with questions of right and wrong, of forgiveness and revenge. Quite introspective.
Rahul Holani
Could not able to complete. It is way more complex than what I expected after reading Night which is Elie Weasel Biography and One of my favourite books.
Alyssa Nelson
I was confused when I started reading Dawn, because it’s listed as being a sequel to Wiesel’s Night, which is more of a nonfiction memoir piece. While in theme, Dawn can certainly be seen as a sequel to Night given the subject matter, it is a fictional piece of work where Wiesel explores thoughts about killing and death, most notably, can killing a person ever be justifiable? This novel is a short but comprehensive into the life of Elisha, a young Jewish man who now fights for freedom for his ow ...more
Set after WWII, Elisha had been in a concentration camp, but when he got out, he wasn’t sure what to do with himself. He was then recruited into a terrorist group in Israel. At 18 years old, Elisha is told he is to murder a kidnapped English soldier. The (very short) book (in the intro, Wiesel calls it a novel, but it’s under 100 pages) is the day or two leading up to the murder, as Elisha is coming to terms with what he has been tasked to do.

Boring. The premise doesn’t sound too bad, but ultim
Read a book by this author already and enjoyed it so much I'd like to read another. Unfortunately, I didn't realize this one was fiction. I don't know why it is, but I don't enjoy fictional accounts about the Holocaust or its survivors. The true story is horrific enough.

Anyway, while this is well written but I just couldn't get into it.
Jul 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read Dawn along with Night and Day. Night is autobiographical and Dawn and Day are fiction based on his experiences. Read as a trilogy, Wiesel invites you in as a house invites the breeze to sweep through and breathe in every corner of its four walls.
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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

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The Night Trilogy (3 books)
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“Night is purer than day; it is better for thinking and loving and dreaming. At night everything is more intense, more true. The echo of words that have been spoken during the day takes on a new and deeper meaning. The tragedy of man is that he doesn't know how to distinguish between day and night. He says things at night that should only be said by day.” 221 likes
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