mtl1701, October 19, 2013 (view all comments by mtl1701)
Being born and raised in Hawaii, I forget all of the privileges that I am granted access to. I forget the lush and beautiful green mountains, and the perfect white sanded beaches that only Hawaii can offer. After reading Night by Elie Wiesel I see how ignorant I am. It showed me how lucky I am to live in a place where I have freedom and equal rights. In the 1940s the Jewish people were living in times of pain and fear. They had no rights, no freedom, and no faith. I think many Americans have forgotten how lucky we are to have equal rights and to live in a nation based off of freedom.
Wiesel’s Night is a terrifying and exhilarating memoir of the life of Elie Wiesel inside of the concentration camp. He talks about the pain that he had to endure both physically and mentally throughout his time in the camp. During the memoir Elie talks about how he slowly starts to lose his faith on things like the world and even god. In one section of the memoir Elie talks about how he is so mad at god for putting him in the place that he is, he says, “For the first time, I felt anger rising within me. Why should I sanctify His name? The Almighty, the eternal and terrible Master of the Universe, chose to be silent. What was there to thank Him for (33)”? I could never imagine myself living without faith.
Till this very day I still can’t believe that the genocide happened, this was a cruel and terrible act that Adolph Hitler committed. I gained a deeper understanding on the terrible things that took place in the concentration camps, after I read this memoir. It showed me that even though you are going through hell you can’t quit. Elie never quit and he survived. It’s like the saying, at the end of the storm there is a rainbow.
This is definitely a never put down memoir that will always keep you interested and exhilarated.
Tina Blacksmith, March 6, 2012 (view all comments by Tina Blacksmith)
I first read "Night" in middle school. I try to learn as much as possible about this period in history. After someone reads this book, it will probably make them a little less happy about the world we live in. I do recommend this book to anyone interested in this time period. It is a sad book, but a great one.
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seldombites, March 2, 2012 (view all comments by seldombites)
This is a deeply moving narrative from a survivor of Hitler's extermination camps. There have been several of these types of books released in the past few years, but I believe this is one of the better ones. Told in first person, we are exposed to how it really felt to be in one of these camps - how it dehumanised people and caused good, loving people to behave like animals. This book should be required reading in all high schools.
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by New York Times,
"A slim volume of terrifying power."
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 Alan M. Dershowitz, Washington Post Book World,
"The book that always makes me weep is 'Night' by Elie Wiesel, because it brings up emotions of sorrow, horror and anger. And the book that unfailingly cheers me up is also 'Night' by Elie Wiesel, because it shows me that there is never an excuse for not trying to overcome evil, and that there is no situation from which we cannot emerge with a determination to be productive."
"To the best of my knowledge no one has left behind him so moving a record." Alfred Kazin
by A. Alvarez, Commentary,
"As a human document, 'Night' is almost unbearably painful, and certainly beyond criticism."
by Cynthia Ozick, New York Times Book Review,
"The seminal story of a child the Germans intended to murder, more to the point than the partial narrative of 'The Diary of Anne Frank' since it describes the place of Anne Frank's doom."
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