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Night: Oprah Selection #55

by Elie Wiesel
Translated by Marion Wiesel
Preface by Elie Wiesel

January 16, 2006 | Trade Paperback

Night: Oprah Selection #55 is rated 4.8125 out of 5 by 128.
A New Translation From The French By Marion Wiesel

Night is Elie Wiesel''s masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie''s wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author''s original intent. And in a substantive new preface, Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man''s capacity for inhumanity to man.

Night offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald; it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 144 pages, 8.2 × 5.43 × 0.44 in

Published: January 16, 2006

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0374500010

ISBN - 13: 9780374500016

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite book of all time I have read this book too many times to keep track. What a classic
Date published: 2014-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow. I put off reading this. I wish I hadn't. It was incredible. I'm still reeling that a book this small changed who I am. I haven't had this happen since Animal Farm, but the depth of this one... Wiesel presents this heartbreaking subject with such genuine, humble naked honesty. I suggest clearing your day when you read this- you'll need silence afterward, and the world won't look the same.
Date published: 2014-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable read It's hard to believe that someone could go through this and still keep on going. It shows the resilience of the will to live. Excellent book
Date published: 2013-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful yet horrific Wow, where to begin? First of all, I would like to thank Elie for sharing his story with the world. I have no words to explain how crazy and unimaginable this book is. How on earth can someone pick up a small, innocent little baby and throw him/her into a a pit of fire! How?! I felt so much emotions while reading this book. At times I would feel sad, then I would cry, then I would smile and then I would cry a bit more. Elie described everything, absolutely everything, not leaving any detail behind. It made me feel so disgusted how some men and women can acctualy do such a thing and not feel any guilt afterwards...This book is simply amazing, a MUST read.
Date published: 2013-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breath-taking! It is truly a shock that one has lived to tell such a story and a great achievement. I express my greatest thanks in being able to read it. Thank you.
Date published: 2012-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Witnessing madness This book is the real story of a boy who survived the Nazi holocaust of Jews in world war II. Described are the many struggles for survival physically and mentally. Terrible oppression, starvation, murder, injustice, death, fear, savage violence, etc... The only negative thing about the book is that it is very short, with only about 114 pages of actual description of events. Very well written.
Date published: 2012-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This book was amazing. It is such a touching story that pulls you in from the moment you start. You go on the emotional journey with the author has he retells his story of living through the Holocaust. It starts with his life in Transylvania, living with his parents and sisters. He was a very devout Jew who felt really connected to God and his faith. Although the war is happening, this community had not yet felt the effects of Nazi Germany. The reader is witness to a "sped up" version of what happened in Germany in Elie's hometown near the end of the war. In a matter of months, they experience what happened in a matter of years. We travel with his family on the train to the concentration camps and see him get separated from the women in his family. The remainder of the story is about him and his father and their struggle to survive. We se Elie question his faith and all of humankind. This story does not really have an ending, but it suits the style of the story and experience. Elie Wiesel pulls the readers into his world and gives them the chance to understand what happened to so many people during the Holocaust.
Date published: 2011-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond words... Firstly, let me make it clear that I did not read this book because this was recommend by Oprah. I was required to read “Night” for my college English course and when the professor informed our class that this is about holocaust; my initial, but disgusting, reaction was “Oh, there we go again. Another book on holocaust….” I would like to have this opportunity to proclaim that I was abhorrently mistaken. Elie Wiesel’s “Night” would have to be one of the greatest books I have ever read. This is no ordinary story about holocaust, nor does the writer employs any decorative language. Yet, this simple writing is written such elegance and levity that it’s unutterable. This is true story of a human being, written with such humanity. This is a story of a great evil that ever infected our world. This is a story of a boy who went mad in order to comprehend “the nature of madness.” This is a story of a boy who watched helplessly as “language became an obstacle.” This is a story of a boy who amid grave dangers didn’t lose his faith in God – yet struggled with it. This is story of a boy who was frail and weak yet felt strong because he was the accuser, God the accused. This is a story of That Night. As he writes in brevity yet bravely: “Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, that turned much life into one long night seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the small faces of the children whose bodies I was transformed into smoke under the silent sky. Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith forever. Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence that deprived me for all eternity of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams into ashes. Never shall I forget those things, even were I condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never.” And this humble reviewer and reader can only promise that never shall I forget his story and the untold story of countless others who were deprived by the depraved. Highly recommended to anyone who can read. You don't have to be Jewish in order to comprehend this man's feelings. I am neither Jewish nor religious.
Date published: 2011-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Something to Remember Words cannot describe how well this book was written. Every single person needs to be educated and aware of what happened during this time in history, and Elie Wiesel definitely paints a detailed picture for his readers. This book should be read by everyone
Date published: 2011-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful read. Another incredible book by someone who suffered the pain and memories of evil. I never get tired of reading about the concentration camps and it is a reminder that we must never let it happen again. Thank you for writing this and keeping it alive.
Date published: 2011-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely a must read Elie Wiesel's ``Night`` is a life altering read. His horrifying account of life in a Nazi concentration camp makes you feel like you are living the horror. Mr Wiesel's attention to detail is probably the best I have read in any book. It is almost unthinkable that people can treat their fellow human beings the way Mr. Wiesel and his family were treated. ``Night`` is a powerful book that any avid reader shouldn`t miss. This is a book that you will read again and again. Once you are finished reading Night, you might want to dive into Elie Wiesel`s other books such as Dawn, The Trial of God, Day, and The Forgotten.
Date published: 2011-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing A first I was not sure I would want to read this book as I usually can't watch TV shows on this subject. Not only could I read it, I read it in one sitting. The book is only about 100 pages but it feels like it is 300 pages. It is the best account on this topic I have ever read. You have to read this.
Date published: 2011-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read... Shocking and compelling. However, I don't think I can read this again. It's a book you will never forget.
Date published: 2010-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intense This book was one of my required reading for a class, and I am glad I had a chance to read it. It can be painful to read all that Elie Wiesel had to endure, but it's important to get a different point of view, a ground level view, of the Holocaust. An excellent memoir, and definitely a must-read.
Date published: 2010-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small But Powerful. I absolutely loved this book. A beautiful, and haunting story. Memorable characters, moving on many levels - and a rare perspective on such an explored era in recent history. I could read it over and over again.
Date published: 2010-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Book Like No Other! Remember reading this book a long time ago in high school. Now that I'm older and hopefully wiser, this book is more powerful and haunting than I recall. Within a concise narrative, Elie Wiesel transports us back to the dark days of Europe when evil was paramount and the human spirit was waning. This book serves as an educational marker for later generations of the horrors of war, totalitarianism, hatred and intolerance. The Holocaust must never be forgotten as it showed us that even within advanced civilizations, the worst debasement of humanity is possible.
Date published: 2009-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic but sad Night is a memoir of Wiesel's time spent in concentration camps and work camps during WW2. This was an excellent book and his writing is outstanding, but I would not recommend it to the faint of heart. He describes the very real, but very disgusting acts that were taken out on Jews and other prisoners held in the camps in detail. There are many books about the holocaust and the horrible effects of the Nurembourg Laws on Jews in Germany. What I found remarkable about Wiesel's book was the raw emotion he writes with - he does not only reflect on what happened to him and his family but also on how he actually felt towards the people around him, the nazis, and God. He also touched on some topics that are not easily or frequently talked about, such as prisoners fighting each other over food and the death marches that occured shortly before liberation. An excellent book that deserves all the acclaim. Highly recommended! Night is the first part of a trilogy about his life and I look forward to reading the other two books: Dawn and Day
Date published: 2009-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such an inspirational book!!!!! 5/5 This book is very life altering!!!! I read it in school and couldn't get enough!!!! This book needs to be read by everyone to continue on telling the terrible tragedy of the Holocaust. I believe that everyone who reads this book will be in awe of the courage Elie shows in this book!!!! A must read!!!! 5/5
Date published: 2009-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life altering I read this book when I was at University. Being a student of Political Science, the Holocaust was an intensely studied subject. A professor of mine suggested I read this book and for the first time in my life, it took me two weeks to read a book. In case you need to understand...I read the entire Stephanie mayer's twilight series in two weeks...almost three thousand pages. The little tiny "The Night" novel took me two weeks to read because it was so heartwrenching, heartbreaking, difficult, fascinating, heart stopping, breathtaking work of art I had ever read. I relished every word and when I read that last phrase, when he looks himself in the mirror and sees a corpse...it changed me. I dreamed about this book months after I finished it and here...six years after, I still tremble with the thought of its haunting tale. It is not my favorite book in the sense that I would never be able to read it again, but it was the most life altering story I had ever read. The story begins with a fairly large jewish family living in the midst of the beginning of WWII. Elie is a young man wanting to experience life. He is barely a man. Then the Nazi come and takes the entire family hostage. Elie must become a man within the camps, trying to survive for the sake of surviving. How do you survive when you have nothing to survive for? I can't believe how people were able to resume their lives after such horror, but to read about it...you can taste the fear, feel the agony and your heart aches with their despair. For anyone who want to read a story they will never forget, to read a story that will truly open their eyes and experience events that are too real to be imagined...read this story.
Date published: 2009-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An absolute MUST Read! For such a slim novel, "Night" was a very heavy read. Once started, it became hard to concentrate on much else. Thankfully, I was able to finish it in just a few sittings over two days. Elie Wiesel's memoir of this terrible event in history left me emotionally wrought to the point I found it hard to respond to the everyday events and laughter of my own family. One cannot read this account without feeling the anguish, the fear, the hurt and humiliation; the sheer terror that was Auschwitz and Buchenwald. At only 109 pgs., it is easy to see why this book has been taught in so many schools. Indeed, the copy I read is a twenty two year old classroom castoff from the Jr. High school my eldest once attended. Winner of the 1986 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE, I can't imagine anyone, not even the most reluctant student remaining silent and without a response to the intensity of this book.
Date published: 2008-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Daughters Read I have not read this book, but what a surprise when I seen it on Oprahs list. My 12 year old daughter read it , she enjoyed it and requested the Night Trilogys which contain 3 more stories from Elie. Just goes to show that if an adult reads your children will to and good quality books at that .
Date published: 2008-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart Wrenching A brilliantly told story from a brave man. Elie's description of his experience in several concentration camps is just astounding. My heart just sank as I read about infants being thrown into the air as target practice and people being burned alive. This is by no means an "easy" read and you will be shocked by the cruelty inflicted on human life. Elie's will to live in the face of devastation is incredible.
Date published: 2008-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All-Time Favourite Book I've always been so moved by WWII. Elie Wiesel's Night is a phenomenon. I've never been remotely close to feeling the way I did when I read his book.
Date published: 2008-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! (Highly Recommend) Night by Elie Wiesel is a great retelling of Wiesel's actual experiences in the Holocaust. It is extremely depressing, but everything is very well described. I read this in grade eleven, and it gave me deeper insight on what had occurred. I highly recommend to anyone over the age of thirteen, because it is educational, and they can experience what Elie Wiesel experienced and nothing like the Holocaust can ever happen again.
Date published: 2008-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It absolutely touched my soul This book is very well written with amazing characters. I read the book in a day...I just couldn't put it down! It was so touching it brought me to tears. Let's all hope this tragic event never happens again.
Date published: 2008-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow This book was great both the characters and plot were written good. It was a hard book to put down. I would recomand this book to any one that is considering chaning from fiction to biographies
Date published: 2008-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book!!! An extremely well written and moving first hand account of the holocaust. I could not put this book down. I highly recommend reading this!
Date published: 2008-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shocking and Powerfully written This true story of Elie Wiesel's disturbing and life-altering experiences as a young boy during Hitler's reign is nothing short of heroic.
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Profound This book is incredible. I first read it in university and since then I have re-read it over ten times. Everytime I read it I get something new. This is a must read for anyone interested in first had experiences during the Holocaust.
Date published: 2008-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put this down What a very emotional story.I could not put this down.This is a book I think everyone should read.It's all about History.
Date published: 2008-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read! Wiesel is a Holocaust survivor and pens his memories of those horrendous times in Night. Wiesel and his father stayed in Auschwitz for a period of time, but were also shuffled to and from other camps. He saw babies being burned, people being shot, men starving, and any other human atrocity you can think of. I can't really even try to review this book, because what I say won't do the book or the subject justice. How can you review a personal account of the Holocaust anyways? It is unbelievable that a human being could do such things to other human beings. What Wiesel describes is at some times so violent and despicable that it is hard to understand such things could happen. The writing of the book is very fluid and at times even poetic. It is not for the weak of heart though, as it is quite depressing.
Date published: 2007-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from : : : everyone should read this book : : : a book that breaks your heart, and again since you know that it's true
Date published: 2007-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic This novel was a real eye opener to what people in consentrations camps experienced during WWII. i loved this book and recomend it to everyone.
Date published: 2007-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Night by Elie Wisel was an amazing story. i havent finished it yet but i can guarantee that i'm going to cry. i've read exactly 21 pages and i'm completly apalled by what happened. I had no idea that the holocauste was so brutal and devistating.
Date published: 2007-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I read this in high school, although wasn't really into reading stuff about the war, I just couldn't put this book done until it was finished. It's unimaginable how society could do such a thing to a people who did merely nothing but happen to exist.
Date published: 2007-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Should be a mandatory read! After being intrigued by the title of this book (#55 on Oprah's book list) and researching the book further because I had never heard of it before, I decided I had to read Night. I was amazed and mortified at the same time from the first page through to the end. Mr. Wiesel wrote as if he was re-living each and every moment of the horrific things he had experienced during this time and I felt like I was there with him every step of the way. Don't be fooled by how thin this novel is, as every word between these pages has meaning, feeling, and life, with no "filler" words in between. This book touched me from the first page to the last, and I highly recommend this book for all ages and think it should be on every book list in school as a must to read before graduation.
Date published: 2007-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotionally Breathtaking I loved this book. I was a little worried at first as I am not usually a fan of the books featured by Oprah but this one was amazing. I would recomend this book to anyone who is at all interested in the human condition. I read it in one evening.
Date published: 2007-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, but horrific, honest look at the holocost Many years ago as a high school student, we were assigned the task of reading "Night". This book took me through almost every emotion that a human can experience. Mr. Wiesel has told his story in such a way that you feel as if you experienced it right along side him. I cried, grieved, felt terror and even laughed. I have passed this book along to so many others, who all share the same experience.
Date published: 2007-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read book for all ages! The book NIGHT by Elie Wiesel is a tale that touches everyone of every age. It's a tale about a young boy who must suffer the lost of his society, of his family, but mostly of his identity. The book touched me in so many ways, I even wrote a poem about it and recommended it to all my friends and family. No matter how old you are, you'll be able to relate and understand this book. It's a must read book for all ages!
Date published: 2007-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, Amazing, Amazing!!! Very captivating novel that captures the struggle of one boy caught in the horrific events of the holocaust. This book touched me in so many ways. Definitely the best novel I have read to date!!
Date published: 2007-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ALL I CAN SAY IS WOW I read this book in Grade 9 for a book report but it turned in to a 28 page Holocaust report, it made me cry and my heart went out to each and every one that went thru this and made it out a live and to all those that didn't make it out I still remember how I felt the first time I read it and look forward reading it again and again .
Date published: 2007-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unforgettable! I got comfortable and started reading and couldn't put this book down. I have read many books on World War II and the horrors of what happened to the Jews and yet this book has touched me more than all of them. The author in his simple way gave me a glimps of what it was like; running and running when all one wants to do is drop. We need more books like this to remind us that in a so called human world we can be so inhuman to others. Our generation needs to know and remember, so that in the future we will not turn a blind eye to what is happening in the world and to the suffering of others.
Date published: 2007-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Never Never shall I forget that night when I started reading those few pages; Never shall I forget the image of smoke; Never shall I forget the images of small faces of children that were the result of that smoke; Never shall I forget the flames that had consumed Wiesel’s faith forever; Never, will I even begin to understand the pain of watching my dreams turn into ashes; Never shall I forget a book so undersized to have so much effect and meaning; Never shall I read another thing like this again.
Date published: 2006-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone must read this once This book was amazing. Everyone should have to read this once, to remember, to learn, to honour.
Date published: 2006-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excelent Book! This book was an eye opener. At first I didn't think I could read it, that it might be too disturbing, but this subject was too important. The world can not be allowed to forget how unbearably cruel humans can be.
Date published: 2006-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Frightening! This is a great book, very graphic, very real. It's hard to believe that you're actually reading a true story.
Date published: 2006-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must Read I was not prepared for the emotional rollercoater I went through while reading this book. There were times that I felt that what I was reading could not possibly have happened to so many people. But as I read on I had mixed emotions of sympathy for those who did not surrvivie and for the families that lost them. and yet I felt joy for those who somehow survived a time that most people, even the strongets of us could not possiblt have lived through. If you have not read this book, you must. It teaches one compassion and love for the entire human race and teaches one that no matter what race, size or creed no one shold have to endure what these people had to.
Date published: 2006-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Remember... The atrocities and horrors of the ghettos and concentration camps of WWII are brought out full force in this book. It gives an all too real feeling to what it was like under Nazi occupation. As you read this book you are bathed in the author's feelings of losing his family and holding on to the only one left, his father, as they try to keep themselves alive through the terror of "selection". Somehow the author finds the strength within to survive. This book is a worthy read for all.
Date published: 2006-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unimaginable Until I read this book I thought my Grandfathers stories were embellished. He lived in a Labor Camp for last 14 months of WWII, and I truly believed his stories to not have been true. I was almost tempted to ask my Grandmother what number he was given in the camp truly believing Elie Wiesel and him were at the same Camp. The book was captivating and truly pulls at your heart strings.
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A decent read I read this book and it felt like many of the books I've read on the Holocaust. It was a good first hand account.
Date published: 2006-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes you think! Opens your eyes on many things in life that we take for granted. The lives of these people will live on because of books like this. I could not put the book down. Go out and by the book.
Date published: 2006-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read for everyone! This is a novel with a timeless message. The author waited 10 years to write it so that he could look back on the incident from a distance; in doing so, he allows the reader a glimpse into a world no one would ever wish to live. With stark honesty and true heart, Wiesel shares his story with readers, leaving a lasting impression in the reader's mind that will be carried forever. Although it is a short novel, it packs a punch, and it displays both sides of human nature - our capacity for evil and our capacity for compassion . Most of all, it shares a story of survival that is candid and reaches to the depth of the matter experienced in such a way that it will leave the reader with an awareness of some of the deeper issues of the Holocaust and what it means to have lived it, died there, and survived.
Date published: 2006-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Humbling I read this book a number of years ago in my grade 11 english class, because my teacher wanted us to better understand german concentration camps. I read this book, and cried through a good portion of it. This is just an amazing account. I would recommend it to anyone that wished to read about those events, but I would also caution them that it is not light reading. This book carries a pain and weight with it that you feel as you read it. it makes everything real as if it is happening right in front of you. There are two images that I have carried with me since reading it six years ago, the child on the train killing for the scrap of bread, and how everyone was too scared to jump the guards when they greatly outnumbered the guards.
Date published: 2006-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eyeopening When I first opened this book I was only hoping to read about a chapter or so and then go to bed. Well I ended up reading the entire book. 3 hours later I finished. I could not put it down, this book opens your eyes into what the concentration camps were actually like. You already knew that they existed but now you know what went on daily. The auther explains what he saw so vividly that you feel like you are watching him. I really recommend this book.
Date published: 2006-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Profoundly Human Stark, honest, and raw. Elie Wiesel writes powerfully of his loss of his community, family, faith, and humanity while living in hell.
Date published: 2006-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Eye Opener This was an incredible book. I actually read this book 5yrs ago when I was a senior in high school and wow, it's sad that it took the author and the book being on Oprah for there to be interest in this story. I remember almost crying because I can not believe what these people went through and the strength of Elie to endure and survive the treatment inflicted upon him. This is a book I recommend highly because it opens your eyes, makes you evaluate yourself, and makes you think.
Date published: 2006-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book! This book was really good. I saw the author, Elie Wiesel on Oprah talking about his experiences as a Jew in the war, and it made me really want to buy the book. I'm really glad I read it, because it opened up my eyes to how much suffering the Jewish people encountered in the past. I would recommend this book, because it really causes you to reflect on all the suffering in the world, and will inspire people to try and make a change.
Date published: 2006-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a tale everyone should read... This was an amazing book, the entire time you are reading you feel as though you are right there with the author. Though in reality, we cannot image how horriblly so many people were treated. By the end of the novel you truly wonder how one goes on after experiencing such hardship and loss. A great eye opener that can esaily be polished off over a couple days.
Date published: 2006-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Should be read in high schools Elie Wiesel tells his personal story in a richly detailed and honest way, and we learn that war can bring out the worst in people - including its victims. It does not take Wiesel many pages to make a lasting impact.
Date published: 2006-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotional During and after reading this book all you can do is think. This book, I found, was very emotional. I can't imagine going through what Elie Wiesel lived through, it breaks my heart to think of it, and it hurts even more once you stop and think "Hey, people are still going through this today, just not in such massive numbers." I think everyone should read this book, it's a story that needs to be heard.
Date published: 2006-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A story you will never forget Night is a personal account of a holocaust survivor that will move you greatly. The descriptions of what went on in the Nazi death camps will keep you thinking as to how such attrocities could have happened for so long and to so many people. Elie Wiesel's personal struggles with God and his faith in humanity as well as his loss of all emotions in order to survive will give you a great introspect and make you feel what the millions of victims felt. Night is a short novel that made me want to lean more. It's a story that you will not and should never forget.
Date published: 2006-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BEST & MOST HUMBLING BOOK EVER I seen Mr. Wiesel on Oprah and felt his pain with all his memories, but nothing compared to reading this wonderful book. I felt almost as if I were walking along with him as he told the events of the Holocaust. My husband has not read a book in I'm sure 35 years and after me telling him of this great book he is now going to read it. I only wish this book was a bit more reasonably priced so more people will have a chance to read it. I have a list of 24 people who are also interested in reading this. Thank-you for carrying this book and giving me a chance to read it.
Date published: 2006-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable It is just unbelievable what Elie and all Jews went through during the holocaust. It was a terribly disturbing book yet morbidly I just couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2006-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enlightening I found this book hard to pick up and equally hard to put down. It is the kind of book that forces the reader to look at their own life and really dive into their own actions and prejudices. It is as much a book about love and family as it is about hate and suffering. A truly important book, especially today when all over the world people continue to be persecuted.
Date published: 2006-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A heart breaking reality. Night by Elie Wiesel is the heart breaking tale of his life. This book was absolutely amazing and impossible to put down. This is a book that we all need to read, so that we never forget the painful reality that some have lived through and are currently living through.
Date published: 2006-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Window to the Life of a Survivor Great short read... as a political science student, I've read many novels in this genre, but I found Wiesels account to be particularly effective as it was condensed and easy to read. Its difficult to say that you "enjoy" such a novel due to the very nature, but definitely a moving and informative read. I also recommend (to those with interest in accounts of 'acts of genocide') Ordinary Men, Burning Tigress, Maus I and II (graphic novels of a Polish survivor recounting the tales of his father, amazing) and Shake Hands with the Devil for a more recent example.
Date published: 2006-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from utterly moving This book has moved me in such a profound way...i read it for my english class this year, and we were able to study it in great depth, which allowed me to appreciate it that much more. Elie Wiesel portrays a terrifing experience of the Jews, including himself, living in the concentration camps of the Second World War. He leads the reader through this unbelieveable account of how he endures victimization with his father, along with the other prisoners. Finally, Elie relates how the experience changes his faith and life forever. Everytime i read this memior, i cry. I can not help from being overcome with emotion when i read his story of utter horror and tragedy. Elie Wiesel has captured my heart, in a way that i can never explain. For those of you that havent already read this amazing tale, i seriously recomend it; it will change your heart entirely.
Date published: 2006-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Touching Tale When I was younger I was a voracious reader. But when I turned about 15 my attention seemed to shift and I was only reading when forced to by my English teacher. One day, a friend of mine at work pulled out the book "Night" and I asked her what it was about. She told me to read it. I read the entire thing in a 5 hour shift because I could not put it down. It is an incredible story about a young man who braves tremendous trials and pulls through the Nazi Prison camps with his life... and what's more it's a true story. It truly brought tears to my eyes. Elie Wiesel is an amazing author. I feel compelled now to read all of his books and they all seem to move me to read another. I highly recommend this novel for people of all ages as it portrays the horrible truth about what Jewish people of all ages went through at this time.
Date published: 2006-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking!! This book really takes you into the moments of being in the Nazi concentration camps. It is a true story of family devotion and the terrible atrocities that were committed by the German Nazis in World War II. I strongly recommend this book to all!
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Challenges your emotions I never read a book that challenged my emotions quite like this. Elie Wiesel takes you in and never lets you go. An unforgettable story.
Date published: 2006-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Great Wonderful book. Sometimes it's nice to have a quick read that is completely wonderful.
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth its weight in gold I read Night once as a teenager and then once again in university. I have to commend Oprah for picking Night. The advertisement an Oprah endorsement brings to this book is exactly what it deserves. Elie Wiesel shares with us his personal horror and a view of events that happened long enough ago that many of the people involved are no longer living to tell us about them. Night acts as permenant voice--a voice we need in a world of terrorism, and nuclear capabilities. It's a short read, but a very heavy one. That said, it's really one of the strongest narrative events I have ever experienced.
Date published: 2006-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Amazing" Night, by Elie Wiesel, really captured my attention. I did not want to put this book down. It was heartbreaking some of the things that Elie Wiesel witnessed, and spoke about in this book. Night, was a real eye opener. It took us inside one persons experience of the Holocaust. A very terrifying, horrific, heartbreaking, look at what it was like to be in the camps. After reading Night, I had to go out and get Dawn, and Day! I think its important for people to read these kind of books, and to have their eyes open to the good and bad of the world. I think that Elie Wiesel did this world a great favor by writing this book, and I would recommend this book to everybody. Giving history more of a personal feel, a personal look, makes it a lot more interesting to learn about, and we need to learn to keep history for repeating itself.
Date published: 2006-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read!! This book keeps you thinking the entire time! It makes you appreciate the world we live in today and makes you realize what really went on during those times!! Highly recommend it to anyone!! I loved it!
Date published: 2006-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Moving This written account of Elie Wiesel is moving and gives insight into what one man can do to another; whether willingly or not. How do you give meaning or words to this book. The author himself even says that the people of his town did not believe the evils of men. And even after 48 hours of a terrible ordeal that they were numb - and it was happening to him. Where Mr Wiesel asks that we never forget and/or never let it happen again, we do. Not on such a large scale, but it happens everyday around the world. I guess we do not learn from our past.
Date published: 2006-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unforgetable! Elie Wiesel's book Night is one i will never forget. I feel that a book of this power changes people. It really made me appreciate what i often take for granted. Simple things like the clothes i wear, and the food i eat. I could never imagine surviving on bread and soup. I have alot of respect for the people who had to make that terrible transition in their lives so quickly and unexpectantly. Elie Wiesel says that its impossible to know what went on in Auschwitz unless you actually lived it. He is so right, even after reading that book he has only helped me to imagine what it must have been like suffering day after day. This book is humbling, it is a book to reflect. Elie Wiesel states that "to forget would not only be dangerous but offensive; to forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time." He decribes how the Jewish were killed not only once but twice in the concentration camps. First their soul, then there body. If you forget there is danger of history repeating itself. Elie Wiesel takes you on his journey of courage, suffering, loss, and hope. This unforgettable memoir will stay with you in your heart. This is a book i will go back to again and again at different points in my life. Elie Wiesel is a survivor, and he has a story to tell. Although not for the weak-hearted, this is a very important memoir to read. This is not only a book but an experience.
Date published: 2006-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read!! This book is a must read for all!! Like many I studied the Holocaust in school and watched movies, but this was the first book I read by someone who was there and experienced the horrors. It was a scary, interesting, frightful, sad, yet inspiring and hopeful book. The courage and will to live and survive Mr Wiesel and many others showed was inspirational. There strength is unbelievable This book really should be read by everyone. No way anyone can read this and not be affected.
Date published: 2006-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievably Real At first i thought it was going to be some medeocre book; one that would be just a temp. fix. But it was unbelievable. It was so real that i felt like i was there. The section about the women in the train,( i wont give you too much), was extremely sad. (For those of you that saw the Oprah show, you'll know what i am talking about.)She was yelling fire hystericly...FIRE!!!, she was a psycic, and knew about the fires of the prison camp. They just shunned her. His vivid words, and simple words just painted pictures in your mind of every single part. It made me, a teenager, become interested in the haulacaust, and second world war. This book has continued the stories on for at least one generation, hopefully many to come. I will never forget. Benjimen Funk
Date published: 2006-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful This is a deceptively slim volume, translated from a book originally written in Yiddish. It is an autobiographical recounting of the author’s experience as a young teenager when he and his family were taken to Auschwitz concentration camp. The Holocaust is a tragedy of such enormity that it’s hard to get my head around. It just seems so impossible that people could have committed such acts of atrocity against one another. What makes the legacy of the Holocaust so terrifying is not the idea that people have the capacity for senseless hatred and cruelty, but that so many people were complicit in this. How can we ever make sense of that? The Night looks at the Holocaust in the context of its impact on a single life. The author’s style is sparse but immensely powerful. Before his experience at Auschwitz – and the labour camps after that – the author was very religious. What I found most compelling about this book was the author’s struggle to reconcile his faith with his experiences. The horror of the camps made it impossible for him to continue to believe as he had before: "I did not fast. First of all, to please my father who had forbidden me to do so. And then, there was no longer any reason for me to fast. I no longer accepted God’s silence. As I swallowed my ration of soup, I turned that act into a symbol of rebellion, of protest against Him. And I nibbled on my crust of bread. Deep inside me, I felt a great void opening." The book’s message transcends religion and speaks to our faith in humanity: silence is unacceptable. We are each of us complicit when we do nothing when others are persecuted. This isn’t a pleasant book, and it shouldn’t be. I wasn’t even born when the Holocaust happened, but I nonetheless felt guilt reading this book. I think that we – all of us – ought to feel a collective guilt and shame that this was ever allowed to happen to even one person, let alone millions. For me this is what makes this book important and I’m glad that it is enjoying a resurgence in popularity nearly fifty years after it was first published. It’s dangerous for us to think of the Holocaust as something that happened in another time and place and could never happen again. Night contains a very important message that we must never let ourselves forget.
Date published: 2006-06-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Haunting I read this book in a day. I found it to be haunting in his tellings of his time there. Especially what happened with the babies, it is so hard to grasp how people can be so cruel. Even though it did portray so much there was more I wanted to know. It felt like their was something missing for me. Nonetheless it was a good read of one of the darkest times in human history.
Date published: 2006-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read for every generation, now and to come! This book should be mandatory reading for everyone, everywhere. If we forget and it seems some in the world have, things like this will keep happening and unfortunately still are. The way he explains what happened to him and his family, friends and neighbors tells a truth that is so fraught with human suffering that we must all applaud his courage and inner will to survive. This book teaches us that we can not be silent and we can not let fear rule us into submission and into being an accomplice.
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never Forget! "Night" by Elie Wiesel is not only a real account of what occurred at many of the horrific concentration camps, but the author and main character is dealing with his own questions about God, religion and human nature. I could not put this book down. The feelings and graphic imagery puts you right there in the middle of the action. This is the first book in his 3 part series. A must read in order for history not to repeat itself and for humanity NEVER TO FORGET!
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful book about an awful time The most poignant line for me, near the end of the book, was "I was sixteen." It reminded the reader that, although the story was written when Elie Wiesel was an adult, he experienced this horror as a child. This book is wonderful and awful at the same time. It's not to be missed.
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible I can't say that about many books, but there is no other word to describe it but "incredible". This is a heart wrenching story of survival, physical and mental, at the Auschowitz death camp in Poland. Elie's true life encounter of man's darkest hour. I recommend this book to everyone and can almost guarantee to be a life altering read. I can honestly say that this is one of the best books I have ever read in my life time, and I read alot.
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read! This was a truly dramatic representation of the hardship Elie went through. It was so sad, but you felt compelled to read on. I couldn't put this book down. It's a really short book, but it is packed with so much detail! Recommend this book!
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking I have read and watched many stories about the holocaust but this one was written through the eyes of a foutreen year old boy.I found it honest but not too graphic.I could picture every detail of this boys life prior and during this book.I even let my 12 year old son read the book as i felt it would truly make him appreciate life and understand the hardships and struggles of so many others.
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesone Best Oprah pick yet. Once I started reading it I could not put it down. I gave it to two of my friends and they felt the same.
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Chilling It was a great read, kept me very interested and I found it hard to put the book down. Amazing.
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotionally Enlightening I have never read a book that has made me want to scream out in anger with every page I turned. I cannot even imagine how these things could happen under the eyes of the world. I don't know how people can think that this was okay and acceptable to do, they riped families apart and destroyed peoples lives forever. This is a must-read for all humans, we need to ensure that this never happens again. This is a book that should be on reading lists in schools and all adults need to explain that this happened to their children so that they are educated on why it is important not to hate or have prejudices against others.
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Short but sweet One of the best books on the Holocaust, the Jewish experience and the ruthlessness of war. I literally couldn't put it down; read the entire book in two hours. Wiesel is a tremendous writer with the ability to really draw the reader into the emotions and feelings of his characters. Can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Darkness of "Night" Having just finished a university course dedicated to the holocaust, one of my tasks was to read Elie Wiesel's "Night." You can learn all the facts and history about the Holocaust that are out there, but nothing enlightens you to the actual horror that took place than memoirs like Night. Disturbingly honest, Wiesel's youth enables a unique perspective on the events that took place inside Auschwitz. For a different but just as rich memoir from the Holocaust, I recommend Primo Levi's "Survival in Auschwitz."
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from reality check I will never think about Auschwitz the same again, nor should I. Elie Wiesel brings the reality of this human tragedy to a new level of comprehension. Never have I felt what horror these people endured to the extent I did while reading this book. This biography makes me feel so ashamed of the human race, of which I am a part of. How a group of people, no different than I could inflict such violence and terror on an entire race is uncomprehensible to me. The book made me feel an urgency for the world to move more quicky to stop any such activity going on in our present day and believe me we know this form of brutality and inhumane treatment is still being carried out in many countries and we as a society are still ignoring it. How these people ,in need of rescuing, felt ignored by the world is so descripitve by this nobel peace prize author, it brings to light many aspects of the holocost that I had never considered before reading Night. I can't wait to read it again.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chilling! This book made me understand the effects the Halocaust had on many lives, and it makes me appreciate what I have and how my life has been so much more.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Definate Must Read This book by Elie Wiesel is one of the most pure books i have read on one of the most terrible times in our world. He magnifies to me why this book is so important for young people to read today. For the young people are our future. I had to stop several times while reading because i really couldn't believe that evil existed then, and does now. We must embrace this book with both hands and our hearts and souls. We must tell others about it, like i have. The book that i purchased has already passed through 2 other hands to read. I asked my 12 year old son to sit and watch OPRAH when she had Elie Wiesel on and all those children who wrote essays. This is a definate read for anyone who believes evil exists; who feels the presence of wrong in their lives. We have to stop the evil from happening, and whether you believe in God or some other power, we must all pray that our words will reach at least one soul....and so on....and so on.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You Owe It To Humanity Not only have I read this book for my own purposes, but I have also been teaching it to my tenth grade students for the last four years. Students and adults will respond in disbelief, horror, and awe when reading Elie Weisel's personal account of his experiences during the Holocaust. A compelling tale that must be told and retold so that all realise that the time for change never ends. It is amazing to see what the human spirit can endure in order to survive.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read! I read this book as a school requirement, and it was the first time I'd read one of Wiesel's books. "Night" recaps the events of the Holocaust and tells the story of how Wiesel himself was affected by these horrible events. I was amazed by the amount of absolutely heart-wrenching detail. Wiesel truly makes the reader a part of the events. The people that suffered from and were involved in the holocaust deserve something to be remembered by, and this memoir does just that. This is a must read! This is a fantastic read - I felt the pain of the victims in my stomach as I read "Night". Anyone looking for a gripping, touching memoir of a never-to-be-forgotten event should read this book - I can't tell you how glad I am that I have read it - it is a page turner that will make you cry your heart out. Superb!
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grippingly Sad Night is as dark as its title portrays, a recounting of Elie Wiesel's first hand account of life and death in a Nazi concentration camp. Documented with descriptive language, Wiesel's writing brings the experience to life and readers will feel the tension of death in the air. The heartbreaking reality of human beings at their worst is unimaginable but this book brings it to the forefront of remembrance. As we are encouraged not to forget the war heroes and veterans from past wars, this book also makes readers aware of the importance of never forgetting the innocent victims resulting when hate meets war.
Date published: 2006-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read!!!! Haunting, mesmerizing and downright chilling, Elie Wiesel's personal account of the Holocoust is downright pulsating. His mesmerizing, stylized writing allows the reader to see his story unfold as if you were looking in through his very own eyes. His strengths and his fortitude along with the love and loyalty for his father are awe-inspiring. Though at times I found it hard to put this book down, the true horror of what he and his father's fight for survival-among millions, was sometimes hard to take- though worth every single page. I highly recommend this book which is in my mind not only a piece of history but a work of art.
Date published: 2006-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from disturbing and beautiful This book is a disturbing portrayal of a time in history when some men decided to turn earth into a graveyard. The true story through the eyes of one of the victims of the gravediggers. I couldn't put this book down even though it scared me beyond belief. The horrors that are typically hidden behind our mother's masks to make life seem a little more like a fairy tale. That's what this book is.
Date published: 2006-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing In this stunning book, Wiesel captures the holocaust in such a powerful way. After reading this short book I began to realise the anguish of the Jewish people. Before, I thought I knew what it must have felt like, but now realise my naïveté. This book, along with The Diary of Anne Frank should be constant reminders of what greed can do to such a Pacifistic world.
Date published: 2006-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Disturbing Awakening I've read several books about the holocaust and seen movies and documentaries but no other source really awoke me to the horror portrayed in this book. It is magnificently written with cold honesty and bluntness that pierces through humanity's soul. I honestly have to say that after reading this book, it stuck with me for some time, and really made me question what I would do in the same situation. Elie Wisel truly acheived a masterful piece of literature, and he deserves every bit of credit due to him. Sometimes when I hear a bell ring, the first thought that comes to me is 'selection'.
Date published: 2006-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Moving and utterly horrific I first encountered this autobiography in 9th grade, in English class. I found it a fascinating and painful account of the miseries of war and discrimmination. It progresses through Wiesel's innocent childhood to his losses and suffering of adolescence within the walls of concentration camps. It is a terrifying reminder of bigotry and hatred, that unfortunately, is still present today. A must-read! Elie Wiesel didn't win a Nobel Peace Prize for nothing! Pass this book on.
Date published: 2006-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Captivating Night This profound little book took no longer than a few hours to read but has left a lasting impact on me. The vividness and reality of such horror that was allowed to exist is captured in Mr. Wiesel's words. Humanity can be so shocking at times. This event in History should never, ever be forgotten. Because of this book I know I will never forget it. This is the definition of a must read .
Date published: 2006-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shocking I sat and read this book in a few hours. What a stunning, true story of someone who survived the horrid concentration camps of WWII. The complete and utter pain of the soul he endures is written so perfectly that I wept at many points. This should be required reading in all schools. Absolutely excellent read.
Date published: 2006-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Night I was completely blown away by this book. They're not kidding when they say it should be required reading for everyone on the planet. At age 28, the Holocaust for me is simply a terrible thing to read about in the history books. Elie Wiesel puts a face on it. It is human, and real, and honest. It doesn't take very long to read and I think that everyone should invest a few hours to learn something about a time in history that should never be forgotten, to be remembered long after the last survivor has passed away. There are huge lessons to be learned from history and reading this memoir is a good place to start.
Date published: 2006-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking This book should be read by every human being.
Date published: 2006-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book As a historian, I found this book phenomenal. I spent the better part of a full year reading first hand account of the Nazi extermination of the Jews and this was one of the best I have read. Unfortunately though, in this new translation there are several parts that were omitted; the details in the death of his father being the prime omission. Nonetheless, this book is still a fantastically tragic and inspirational read. The boy who lost God finds his voice and his purpose in condemning others who would commit genocide. I recommend this book for anyone interested in the second world war or the Holocaust and for those who want to delve into the dark side of humanity and how capable we truly are of evil and how a small boy lived through it all to tell the world.
Date published: 2006-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic This book is a classic. I had to read it for my high school English class nearly a decade ago and to this day I can vividly remember the discussions our class had with regards to Elie's experience during- and post-Holocaust period. Mr. Wiesel's writing is so moving that it made the event real in my mind and the time gap between WWII and now irrelevant. I highly recommend Night to anyone with or without an interest in the Holocaust.
Date published: 2006-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Night It scared me enough to never be indifferent again. I grew through this book, I have grown to be more compassionate because of it. It is a gift for everyone, thank you Mr. Wiesel.
Date published: 2006-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best it was a very emotinal book full of suspense and action it was a very mouving book and so sad
Date published: 2005-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful Throughout my 14 years of life, i have always strived to learn more about what had happened during the world wars and the genocide created by Hitler. I have watched historical films, read fiction and non-fiction books on the holocaust, and searched the internet for every bit of information i could get my hands on. However, last night my cousin lent me this book Night after dinner, i started reading it and didnt stop until it was 1:30 where i could no longer read anymore for I had school. Today i finished the book, it bought tears to my eyes. I have never seen or read a book of such a real account. I could almost feel like I was Elie himself. Although it is short, that few 100 pages has caused me to feel that I should share this information with the world. I am starting with my grade 8 class, i am hoping i can get a novel study done on this book.
Date published: 2005-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Night Review A powerful, emotional and amazing novel. Wiesel really captures the horror and evil of the German death camps. Something like this should never happen again. A must read novel!
Date published: 2004-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I feel sorrowed Poor Wiesel and his family, I could not believe such tragedic event actually took place on this very own planet earth. This book touches a person's heart. During the time I read this book, it brought tears to my eyes many times. I hope the world does not treat the Jewish people that way anymore because they are humans too and they should be treated equally and so should other races people. I first thought this book would be boring when my history teacher told me about it, but when I started to read it, I figured it was very interesting. A book that all people should read because it brings excitment into history.
Date published: 2004-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truth Hurts This book was beautiful. We were to read it for a grade 11 English class, and it was a great read. I would say it was the best book yet, but the content was scary, and Im glad he wrote it that way. Just to let the world have half a clue into what he went through along with so many other Jewish peoples
Date published: 2003-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from an unfortunate novel I feel cheep giving this book a 5 star rating. Not that it is poorly written; Wiesel did an exceptional job of revealing all that was behind the gates of the concentration camps. I feel cheep giving it a 5 star rating because the book is not 'excellent' or 'fabulous,' but instead, it is unfortunate. It speaks very little of humanity that this book would be found in the 'biography' section and not the 'fiction' section. Even worse, it is sad that we (for the most part) have learned very little from such events, even after they have been illustrated in such detail by Wiesel and others. I do not regret reading Night, certainly not. It is unfortunate, however, that such a book had to have been written.
Date published: 2003-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the greatest novels this world ever had . I read this novel in high school, where my teacher read it to us as we read along. I have never in my life read a novel that touched me the way this novel did. Many times my teacher was so choked up that we read the novel for her. Just trying to imagine what Mr.Wiesel went through as well as all the others is the saddest thing I have ever heard of. Nothing in this world could count for all the pain and suffering they had to endure. I pray that the world will never have to go through all the things those poor people had too. Mr.Wiesel told us his story, but no matter how hard we tried we could never fully understand what it was really like. To have the strength to write this novel after what happened just makes Elie Wiesel a greater man then he may have ever thought. You are one of the greatest in my eyes Elie Wiesel.
Date published: 2003-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is the best I just finished reading this book because it is part of our ISU in my 10th grade english class. As soon as i started reading it, i couldnt put it down. It was such an inspirational book and it made me realize how truly lucky we are today. I recommend it to everyone. It brings the horror of the Holocaust alive and makes us better appreciate humanity and freedom.
Date published: 2002-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from night this was really good, it hits you like a slap in the face.
Date published: 2002-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Book You Will Never Put Down This book is amazing and it was extremely good. I am only in the seventh grade but I like dark novels that are somewhat true and about history. This book really took hold on me and i just couldn't put it down because i always wanted to know what would happen next. I am happy that Elie made it throught eventhough to this day none of his family has been found. I wonder if he ever did find that money his dad had buried in the basement of their home?
Date published: 2002-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It made me want to learn more I read Night in my 10th grade english class (i attended a french high school),we were reading the book together in classe with the teacher so she could explain certain things as we went along ,but i was so interested in the book that i begged my teacher to let me bring it home and i finished it in just 2 nights,This book opened my eyes to what happend in our society not to long ago... Before i had always thought the Holocaust had happend in the 1800's but that book pushed me to learn more about this tragedy . I read numerous books on the same topic ,i have watched Schindlers List 4 times but i have not yet to find anything close to what that book did for me.I encourage parents to let their children read this book if they do not read it in school because i am very glad i got the chance to be educated on this very important topic that can not be hidden from our lives.
Date published: 2002-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Explain this...WHY?" "Why did this happen? Why do so many say it never happened? Why are our children not reading about this in their school history books? Why 6 million precious lives? In God's name, WHY?"
Date published: 2001-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Real Life Look Like Night, by Eliezer Wiesel, is a short novel with 110 pages. In 1941, Eliezer Wiesel, the narrator, a twelve boy living in Sighet, explains his real life in the Concertration Camps during World War II. His story is terrifying, shocking and touched. It is hard to read through the novel without feeling into Eliezer and his family's situation. Eliezer gets used to these vivid pictures of the death people. Wiesel has described a painful journey through this darkness until there are hints that tiny shafts of light can pierce the seemingly unending nights. No matter it is day or night, the life Eliezer lived in only can describe like night. I really enjoy into the reading. There are so many messages for me to learn and go through. As I read this novel, Eliezer's language and description is making me keep turning the pages on. Toward the end of the story, Wiesel begins to expedite his life style. I am freely recommend this novel to whomever the intellectual is who picks it up and wants to gain a more realistic view of the holocaust.
Date published: 2001-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic!!! This autobiography of one man's experience in nazi concentration camps, brings a living face to this tragedy. After reading this account, one is compelled to never let this kind of autrocity occurr again. This book puts an end to any doubt one might have in relation to the reality of the holocaust. I thank Mr. Wiesel for his brave work, Lest we forget.
Date published: 2001-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Horrifying but so real I read this book in one night. It kept me up all night, barely being able to read the pages. The horror that was described in this book is so real that I do not think I will ever look at things the same again. This true story was beautiful and disturbing, you will be too shocked to cry.
Date published: 2001-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The book of the dead This book is one of the best books I have ever read. The way this book is written and told allows you to step back into time to visit the darkest period of our past (The Holocaust). The way in which he describes the horrific deeds done to him and his countrymen by his captures chisels a mental picture crisp and clear into your mind permanently. For a book that is only 110 pages long it packs a lot of bite for its small size. If you read this book you will not be able to put it down.
Date published: 2001-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply the best I myself am not one for reading books, but the in depth look into the horror of the holocaust brings you deeper and deeper into this non-fiction storyline. I have read the book twice and liked it both times and am now on my third. If you are looking for a book to read, this is definately one to look into.
Date published: 2001-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Chilling View of the Past An excellent book. Elie Wiesel shows the horror of life inside a concentration camp. One of the most powerful, intense, and best books I have ever read.
Date published: 2000-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Horrors of the Holocaust This novel thoroughly explains the horror in detail of the Holocaust from a Jewish boy. This true story explains the life of Elie Wiesel in the Nazi death camps, and how he coped with the terror and death which faced him every day. If you are the type who wants to understand the horror of the Holocaust, this novel is by far the best to read. Elie Wiesel is the founder of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and has published many books on the Holocaust, though this is his autobiography of his life in the Nazi camps, and the horror which he witnessed throughout World War II.
Date published: 1999-12-11

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Night: Oprah Selection #55

by Elie Wiesel
Translated by Marion Wiesel
Preface by Elie Wiesel

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 144 pages, 8.2 × 5.43 × 0.44 in

Published: January 16, 2006

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0374500010

ISBN - 13: 9780374500016

About the Book

A New Translation From The French By Marion Wiesel
"Night is Elie Wiesel's masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie's wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author's original intent. And in a substantive new preface, Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man's capacity for inhumanity to man.
""Night offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald; it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be.

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Night T HEY CALLED HIM Moishe the Beadle, as if his entire life he had never had a surname. He was the jack-of-all-trades in a Hasidic house of prayer, a shtibl . The Jews of Sighet--the little town in Transylvania where I spent my childhood--were fond of him. He was poor and lived in utter penury. As a rule, our townspeople, while they did help the needy, did not particularly like them. Moishe the Beadle was the exception. He stayed out of people''s way. His presence bothered no one. He had mastered the art of rendering himself insignificant, invisible. Physically, he was as awkward as a clown. His waiflike shyness made people smile. As for me, I liked his wide, dreamy eyes, gazing off into the distance. He spoke little. He sang, or rather he chanted, and the few snatches I caught here and there spoke of divine suffering, of the Shekhinah in Exile, where, according to Kabbalah, it awaits its redemption linked to that of man. I met him in 1941. I was almost thirteen and deeply observant. By day I studied Talmud and by night I would run to the synagogue to weep over the destruction of the Temple. One day I asked my father to find me a master who could guide me in my studies of Kabbalah."You are too young for that. Maimonides tells us that one must be thirty before venturing into the world of mysticism, a world fraught with peril. First you must study the basic subjects, those you are able to comprehend." My father was a cultured man, rather unsentimental. He rarely displayed h
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A New Translation From The French By Marion Wiesel

Night is Elie Wiesel''s masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie''s wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author''s original intent. And in a substantive new preface, Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man''s capacity for inhumanity to man.

Night offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald; it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be.

About the Author

Elie Wiesel is the author of more than fifty books, including Night, his harrowing account of his experiences in Nazi concentration camps. The book, first published in 1955, was selected for Oprah’s Book Club in 2006. Wiesel is Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and lives with his family in New York City. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.

Editorial Reviews

“A slim volume of terrifying power.”—The New York Times

"Required reading for all of humanity." —Oprah

“Wiesel has taken his own anguish and imaginatively metamorphosed it into art.” —Curt Leviant, Saturday Review

"To the best of my knowledge no one has left behind him so moving a record."—Alfred Kazin

"What makes this book so chilling is not the pretense of what happened but a very real description of every thought, fear and the apathetic attitude demonstrated as a response . . . Night, Wiesel''s autobiographical masterpiece, is a heartbreaking memoir. Wiesel has taken his painful memories and channeled them into an amazing document which chronicles his most intense emotions every step along the way."—Jose Del Real, Anchorage Daily News

"As a human document, Night is almost unbearably painful, and certainly beyond criticism."—A. Alvarez, Commentary

Bookclub Guide

The questions and discussion topics that follow are designed to enhance your reading of Elie Wiesel’s Night. We hope they will enrich your experience as you explore this poignant and fiercely honest remembrance of the Holocaust.
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