CNH1701, October 19, 2013 (view all comments by CNH1701)
Hawaii and Germany have one significant event in common: World War II. World War II has impacted billions of people, worldwide. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in Hawai'i and the Holocaust in Germany, many people learned about things that were happening thousands of miles away and they became more aware of the worldly society. In this memoir, Night, by. Elie Wiesel, Eliezer and his family had been sent to a concentration camp in Birkenau. Throughout the memoir, Eliezer had changed and would never be the same.
In Elie Wiesel's memoir, Night, the story of the Jewish Holocaust has been told by a man that survived and lived through it all. Elie Wiesel brings you into the scenes, where you can feel the emotions of the people surrounding him. Pain, sorrow, sadness, anger, and confusion were emotions that were felt by the Jewish people being sent to concentration camps. He vividly describes the Jewish people's feelings arriving in Auschwitz in this excerpt, “But it was all in vain. Our terror could no longer be contained. Our nerves had reached a breaking point. Our very skin was aching. It was as though madness had infected all of us. We gave up."(31). He explained scenes extremely vividly to the point where we could vision it in our heads. Wiesel's strong points also consist of his diction and syntax. For example, an excerpt from Night, “And I, who believe that God is love, what answer was there to give my young interlocutor whose dark eyes still held the reflection of the angelic sadness that had appeared one day on the face of a hanged child?"(13-4). This particular excerpt was one of Wiesel's strongest quotes from the memoir, Night. The intensity of confused emotions, making many Jewish people question God and his presence with them.
This is a memoir that opens your eyes to help you see things through different perspectives. Wiesel's memoir, Night, keeps you on your toes and keeps you from putting the book down! You always question what is going to happen, because it seems as if anything could happen on any day.
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Maddie I, October 19, 2013 (view all comments by Maddie I)
Everyone hears stories about World War II and the horrible things that had happened to the Jewish people. We read a couple things in books and articles about it and shudder at the thought of it happening to us. Night by Elie Wiesel is another one of those unique stories told by someone who actually experienced the horrible internment camps during the Holocaust.
World War II has always intrigued me because I've always wanted to learn more about the experience and how some of the Jewish managed to survive. Night is a great memoir to read if you're looking for someone who lived through the nightmare themselves and can explain the events that happened in great detail.
This memoir is also more than just a story. Elie taps into the subject of religion and how the human mind works under extreme conditions. Although he doesn't outright say it, Elie gets you to think about religion and if your god actually exists and wants to help you. He starts questioning his god about why He hasn't come to save him and everyone else from the concentration camps. Elie also explains how many people become incredibly selfish and self-centered when their lives are on the line.
I really enjoyed this memoir and couldn't stop reading it. It has impacted me a lot by showing me that I should be more grateful to things I have and that I have food on the table everyday because someday it could all be suddenly taken away.
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Linda Cha, September 22, 2012 (view all comments by Linda Cha)
The first time I read this book, I was in high school and it was one of the books we were assigned to read in Honors English. I thought it would be just another assigned reading. The first night we were supposed to read only three chapters. I ended up reading the entire book, which isn't hard it wasn't that thick. I also cried, the sort of sobbing cry when your heart hurts. By the time I was done with the book, I could not help but be stunned at the intensity that such words could bring forth. It is SUCH a good book. Now that I am much older, I have been meaning to buy this book to add to my collection. I'll probably cry if I read it again.
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gr82bdnyce, March 24, 2008 (view all comments by gr82bdnyce)
“Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, those moments which murdered my god and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky.” It’s wiesel’s first night in the camp and he has already lost hope. Death is surrounding him, he see’s children and babies being burned to death in pits of fire. This is the moment in his life when everything changes his dreams are deterred. There are various events that influenced wiesel’s life and goals. The most significant event that occurred in his life was the holocaust. It changed his life immensely. After going through such a horrific event, Wiesel’s chef life goal became to ensure that such an event is never forgotten.
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"A slim volume of terrifying power" The New York Times
by Francios Mauriac,
"What I maintain is that this personal record, coming after so many others and describing an outrage about which we might imagine we already know all that it is possible to know, is nevertheless different, distinct, unique....Have we ever thought about the consequence of a horror that, though less apparent, less striking than the other outrages, is yet the worst of all to those of us who have faith: the death of God in the soul of a child who suddenly discovers absolute evil?"
by Curt Leviant, Saturday Review,
"Wiesel has taken his own anguish and imaginatively metamorphosed it into art."
by A. Alvarez, Commentary,
"As a human document, 'Night' is almost unbearably painful, and certainly beyond criticism."
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