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(The Night Trilogy #3)

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The publication of Day restores Elie Wiesel's original title to the novel initially published in English as The Accident and clearly establishes it as the powerful conclusion to the author's classic trilogy of Holocaust literature, which includes his memoir Night and novel Dawn. “In Night it is the ‘I’ who speaks,” writes Wiesel. “In the other two, it is the ‘I’ who listen ...more
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Published March 21st 2006 by Hill and Wang (first published March 1st 1961)
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William2
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This short novel is powerful, at times harrowing. The writing is compressed, the tone conversational. One would not think the language capable of handling so many large themes--God, the Holocaust, Hell, Suffering, Love--that the author freights it with. Yet it is the very lightness of the language that buoys the subject matter. There is even a touch of humor, albeit of a very black gallows variety. The writing is deft. It possesses a wonderful contiguity, a narrative cohesion as the incidents un ...more
Lola
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone that has a soul


I made the mistake of reading reviews before reading this book ,and I have to say that I am amazed at the number of poor reviews. Day is one of the most eloquently written books I have ever read and to achieve this status with such simple prose in dealing with so many complicated subjects is amazing! So many times reviewers said this book is "depressing". I disagree. This book is informative, it gives us a glimpse into human nature that is NEVER TO BE SPOKEN. It is more acceptable to discuss th
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Negin
May 15, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: holocaust
I was disappointed with this one even more than I was with “Dawn”. “Night” is powerful and the other two are a definite let-down and depressing. I cannot understand why these three books are part of a trilogy. The last two are a bit muddling and all over the place. I almost abandoned both of them.
Teresa
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5

The one big flaw in this work is one I mentioned in my last read: didactic dialogue. The narrator’s thoughts I could believe in, though they were a bit tedious at times, but much of the dialogue did not feel real. What does feel real is the suffering of a man who saw human beings at their worst. He survives by communing with his dead, and engaging superficially with the living. This novella was once called The Accident and I wondered why the title was changed until I got to the penultimate pa
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Stacy
Mar 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Elie Wiesel
Elie Wiesel’s Day (once entitled The Accident), the third and final book in his Night trilogy of memoirs, is causing some clenching in my brain. After reading Night some two years ago — which was by far the most resonating and heart-breaking of the three books — my entire mindset concerning the suffering and guilt associated with Holocaust survivors has shifted: witnessing that type of human destruction and atrocity on such an astonishing scale can rip the humanity right from a person’s core. De ...more
kazually
dnf at page 19

i really liked the first book and i so wanted to read and like the last two short reads of this trilogy.
Melanti
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, audiobook
A little more biographical than the second book.

I thought the idea of being living history was interesting - especially the way that was carried over into to into his mental state.
Bettie
Description: The publication of Day restores Elie Wiesel's original title to the novel initially published in English as The Accident and clearly establishes it as the powerful conclusion to the author's classic trilogy of Holocaust literature, which includes his memoir Night and novel Dawn. "In Night it is the 'I' who speaks," writes Wiesel. "In the other two, it is the 'I' who listens and questions."

In its opening paragraphs, a successful journalist and Holocaust survivor steps off a New York
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Alexxy
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
The problem is not: to be or not to be. But rather: to be and not to be. What it comes down to is that man lives while dying, that he represents death to the living, and that's where tragedy begins.

God, what a disappointment.

After loving Night and Dawn, I expected I will love Day as well. But whereas the previous novels had very strong messages, this one didn't really tell me anything rather than 'after a hellish life of Holocaust and torture, one can't simply love again and be happy.'

Honestl
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Christine (KizzieReads)
The writing was profound and beautiful. I just didn't like the main character. I understand that he is a holocaust survivor, but he was obsessed with death and his grandmother. To the point that he was comparing everyone to her. It was sickening and disturbing. There is a scene with the death of a baby, and a part where he says that God wants to sleep with 12 year old girls, and it just left a sour taste in my mouth.
Roxanne
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I liked that this final piece of the Night trilogy contained more autobiographical aspects than the previous work, Dawn. I also enjoyed the more philosophical themes touching on religion and God throughout this book but neither of the two compare to the first and most powerful installment, Night.
Orlanda Machado
I was expecting so much more really ... my least favorite of the three , I am kind of disappointed actually
Tanya
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: translations
Originally published in English as The Accident, this final volume in the trilogy is a cross between the autobiographical Night and fictional Dawn insofar that it draws heavily on events from Wiesel's life to build a fictional novel about a Holocaust survivor (who even shares the author's name) grappling with survivor's guilt. The Eliezer in Day only superficially engages with the living; he lost everyone he loved and went through unimaginable hardship, but even so, life goes on... even though h ...more
Susan Emmet
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Years ago I read and taught Night and Dawn. I came to Day/The Accident only yesterday.
Published in 1961, this edition has a short preface by Wiesel who says it is his story - and not. "I speak through my protagonist, but he does not speak for me."
I think the book's core is captured in the Hamlet reference. The question is not "to be or not to be," but "to be and not to be."
I think of the Shoah series and interviews with survivors, their children, SS guards and their descendants. I think of the i
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Richard
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How can a book told from the perspective of a nihilist, someone who is the very definition of survivor's guilt, be so incredibly moving? Day, the final book of the Elie Wiesel's Night series is full of gems. I can't remember ever re-reading so many sentences because they were so profound, so full of the stuff life is made of, which is astounding coming from the narrator.

Night was dark, horrific, yet very moving. Dawn raised serious moral questions both on a personal level and a societal level. W
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Jenny
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Francesca Calarco
Truth be told, after Night and Dawn, Day was an underwhelming letdown. Perhaps some may feel that it is alright if not considered a sequel to the two previous volumes, but even then I would argue that as a standalone it ain't great either.

Some good (and honest) points that Wiesel makes though, include that there is truly no meaning in pain and suffering. People all too often confuse "suffering" with "perseverance." With the later you can certainly make meaning from overcoming or surviving someth
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Angela
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"i write to understand as much as to be understood." -- elie wiesel

as a reader, i am thankful for authors like mr. wiesel who are willing to bare their souls and allow us into their lives--no matter how painful it is. as a writer, i am humbled by his courage and strength. as a human being, the amount of pain and suffering in this world suffocates me. yet the resilience of men and women like mr. wiesel makes me believe that despite all the pain and ugliness in this world there is so much more goo
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Colleen Browne
I didn't notice as I chose the version of the book that I did that it included only Night. The cover looks the same but my book includes the entire trilogy so I will write about all three.
If I could give ten stars, that would still seem inadequate for this book. It is beautifully written but more to the point it unveils the depth of despair that those who suffered through the holocaust experienced. But Weisel doesn't leave it there. In three very short volumes, he explains through the voices o
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Melissa
This trilogy has been so moving and heartbreaking... his true story is a must read in Night, and both the fictional Dawn and Day take looks at how people, the few “lucky” survivors, try to move on as best they can. In Dawn, making impossible choices as they try to take a step to a different future. This installment, Day, deals a lot with the intense feelings of disconnect and survivor’s guilt suffered by a different group of survivors.
Elyse
The sequel to Dawn. A continuation of Elisha's story. Good but nothing special. I needed more from this duology.
Phillip
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This last book of the trilogy was much better than Dawn but not quite as good as Night. I really liked the ending as the figurative painting of the author's past laid in ashes on the floor of his hospital room. What a stroke of literary genius! Even though the second book was the "weak link" of the trilogy, I still suggest reading all of the books straight through from start to finish.
classic reverie
This is the third book written by Wiesel and each different but yet the same theme. His first book Night was non fiction whereas his other two short novels, Dawn and Day, are fiction but with a mind writing that cannot not leave out memories of the horror he lived. His character, again is not himself but yet himself, he tells a story of a man who has lived whereas many in his family and friends have died. He meets beautiful Kathleen, who tries to make him happy but the dead keep him from his hap ...more
Shall I Download A Black Hole And Offer It To You
plenty of deeply personal and complicated philosophical/religious/moral questions in this short book... Wiesel is a great writer, bringing simple ideas flowering outward into complex yet understandable arguments... anyone who has struggled with life and society and humanity will feel a kinship while reading this... as a survivor of the Final Solution, Wiesel has an obviously unique and tortured perspective with which to view the universe... this is a hard book, hard on one's sense of thinking hu ...more
JoAnne
Jun 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was a little hard to read. Wiesel wrote something in his introduction about how kids who had survived one tragedy would die regardless of successful hospitalization because of their mental state, and the book feels like it's for those who do not know what it feels like to be depressed and wanting to die. It isn't for those who are looking for an uplifting message. Perhaps it's more important that readers learn about the feelings of others, what they're going through or thinking? Or, to ...more
Laura
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-books
review to follow

pro
- human interest w/ sarah's story, not a topic often brought up when discuss Holoc, but left me waiting to know more about her than the protag

con
- took a long time to 'get going', didn't feel invested until 3/4 in, made it difficult to sympathise with protag

mid
- theme of haunting. Possibly stronger in Dawn? Imagery a bit pithy compared to previous title, nothing for the reader to 'see' as the protag.
- end of series and ends abruptly, no sense of journey completed, ending feels
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Patrick Kelly
The last book in the 'night' trilogy. This is less about the holocaust and more about love, death, honesty, lies, and life. It rambled much more and weaved in and out of scenes. It was harder to follow and harder to understand. I am not sure if it reached any conclusions and if it did if those conclusions were correct. I would have to reread it to make sense but it's unlikely that I will reread this book.
Amanda Zucoloto
I don’t know how I feel about this one quite yet. It is engaging, sad, umconfortable. The Holocaust literature rich but not so when it comes to discussing in the aftermath in a very raw, bitter, helpless manner. At the end of the day Elie Wiesel convinced me that that living post-war did not necessarily mean surviving.
Yehuda
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book tore my heart out. Now, I'm lying on my bed and I feel like crying. The author had suffered so much and had witnessed so much suffering. Can one ever come back from that? Can one ever succeed in living a normal life? This book seems to answer "no", but that "no" is ambiguous towards the end. I hope it's not a "no". I hope the true answer is "yes". I don't know enough about Elie wiesel to know if he found a "yes" or not. I hope he did. I hope we can put out suffering behind us, individu ...more
Vanessa
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Wiesel has a direct line to my feelings and thoughts. I love the way he questions love, faith, God, our existence. It's unfortunate, sad, tragic, and unreal that he had to experience something so horrendous though. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.
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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)
  • Night (The Night Trilogy, #1)
  • Dawn (The Night Trilogy, #2)
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