I read this for the first time at the age of 15 as a sophmore in high school. I thought it was going to be just another boring required reading assignment that i was just going to want to get over with. Well.. I was wrong. This was a difficult read for me, because it is truly heart breaking. This story is powerful and horrible, and made me question.. well.. everything. It is difficult to believe, and wrap your mind around what people went through during the holocaust. And with imagery as vivid as that of this book's, it's easy to find yourself feeling uncomfortable, and maybe even considering putting the book down. But don't. I think it is vitally important that people read this book, because it does something that no history class ever could. It put's you in the mind of someone who survived some of the most horrible things a human being can be put through, and really makes a personal connection to that suffering for the reader. I think that if we are ever to avoid something like the holocause happening again, it is crucial that people make that connection. It's a powerful thing when you feel your heart breaking for another person, let alone a complete stranger. Some will tell you it's not for the faint of heart, but honestly? It is the kind of story that NEEDS to be heard and received by all kinds of people, from all walks of life. You may cry, you may even feel ill at time (as i did), but ultimately i think everyone would be a better person for having read this book.
This may not be a book you necessarily like, but it is one that should be read and reread, shared with friends and family, and talked about. I believe it is common to high school curricula but Elie Wiesel's holocaust narrative should be reread by choice once people are more ready to handle it. Besides simply having an amazing story of strength and survival, Wiesel's book is well-written and cohesive. It is the story of a boy (the author chooses to give him … more
Night, written by Ellie Wiesel had an affect on me that I would have imagined: it I actually FELT the main character. When I was first assigned to read this book in 9th grade, I wasn't looking forward to it, but as I opened the book and turned the pages, I felt myself becoming more and more engrossed in the book. When the main character lost his family, I felt sadness. When the main character did not eat, I felt hunger. It almost as though me and the main character had become one. … more
I can honestly say that this book changed my life. I first read it in a junior high school English class, and it inspired me to study German history, language and culture as part of my high school and college education . I have recommended this book to countless people. I hope that it is still being taught to new generations. It is an important story about the Holocaust and a powerful first-hand account of the experience of deportations and life and death in concentration camps. … more
This is a book written about the holocaust. Elie Wiesel covers this topic very well. I believe it is a true story. I enjoyed it very much and recommend it to anyone interested in this heavy subject matter. The characterizations are very well illustrated. I recommend it to be read by anyone who like his books as well as the subject matter.
Wow. This novel does speak of night--the darkness we cannot escape. Wiesel gives us a firsthand look at the horrors this life can throw at us. Imagining what he and others went through in some of man's darkest hours--the holocaust--is undeniably soul scorching.
Night is a work by Elie Wiesel based on his experience as a young Orthodox Jew of being sent with his family to the German concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald during the Second World War. Wiesel deploys a sparse and fragmented narrative style, with frequent shifts in point of view. Night is the first book in a trilogy — Night, Dawn, and Day — reflecting Wiesel's state of mind during and after the Holocaust.