Book Review: Night

 

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In Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel’s memoir Night, a scholarly, Orthodox teenager is wracked with guilt at having survived the horror of the Holocaust & the genocidal campaign that consumed his family. His memories of the nightmare worlds of Auschwitz-Birkenau & Buchenwald present him with an intolerable question: how can the god he once so fervently believed in have allowed these monstrous events to occur? There are no easy answers in this harrowing book, which probes life’s essential riddles with the lucid anguish only great literature achieves. It marks the crucial first step in Wiesel’s lifelong project to bear witness for those who died.

So, it normally doesn’t take me four days to read a 109 page book. This was a really good book however, there were quite a few spots that I had to just stop because some of the things are horrifying. I would definitely recommend this to anyone interested in the Holocaust but be prepared for the sick feeling in your stomach.

I don’t have the book with me now and I read it about four years ago so I can’t give quotes on this one. I can just give you my word on how horrifying some of the events are described. It’s appalling that human-beings can lack so much decency.

This book is definitely not for the weak-hearted, the descriptions of even the dead is enough to give me nightmares, I can’t imagine how Elie could even sleep at night  with the memories of what had happened so long ago when he was just a child.

“For the survivor who chooses to testify, it is clear: his duty is to bear witness for the dead and for the living. He has no right to deprive future generations of a past that belongs to our collective memory. To forget would be not only dangerous but offensive; to forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.”

If you can get past the events that should be appalling to you, this is a really, really good book about what happened in Aushwitz. It’s a book that will likely stay with you after you read it, and there are two other books that go with this one. I just haven’t been able to bring myself to read them.

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