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Day by Elie Wiesel
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Sep 27, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: audiobooks, worldwar2-holocaust, read-2015, classics-read
Read from March 07 to 16, 2015

This is an exceptionally written book, as all three of Wiesel's holocaust trilogy books are, but it is my least favorite of the three. I found this surprising, as I anticipated liking it more than Dawn, precisely because he returned to himself as main character, even though it is a fictional story. Harrowing is a good descriptor of this book, and though Night is equally so, I found Wiesel's character in Day utterly incomprehensible in his seeming inability to love and be loved. He survived the Holocaust, and as much as he seemed to be trying to make sense of what it had done to him, I kept feeling like he had in many ways become like his persecutors - so much so that years after the fact he was more hardened, more hurtful, and utterly disinterested in living. After SURVIVING such incredible atrocity, I had a really difficult time coming to terms with his complete lack of interest in LIVING. It's as if, in the end, Hitler & the Nazis won anyway, becuase they destroyed his soul. That is indescribably sad to me.

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