Number of Pages: 120
Publisher: Hill and Wang
Release Date: 1955
“Night A terrifying account of the Nazi death camp horror that turns a young Jewish boy into an agonized witness to the death of his family…the death of his innocence…and the death of his God. Penetrating and powerful, as personal as The Diary Of Anne Frank, Night awakens the shocking memory of evil at its absolute and carries with it the unforgettable message that this horror must never be allowed to happen again.”
I read this as an extension of the dehumanization unit that my English class is currently doing. The Holocaust has always intrigued me because it seems like something so devastatingly awful that it could never have happened. But the terrible thing is that this tragic, horrific event did occur, and it is important that we learn as much as we can about it so we can learn from our past mistakes as a society.
Elie Wiesel’s writing style is easy to read and follow, yet it is also very moving. He brings you write into Aushwitz with this descriptions and dialogue, and he makes you feel the hopelessness that they felt. Although he doesn’t talk a lot about his own feelings and emotions, he does describe those of his father as well as other people surrounding him. There were moments in this book when literally yelled out loud, “NOOOO!” because his family had been so close to escape, yet they were captured all the same. Sometimes I questioned why Elie did certain things, but my teacher kept reminding the class that “hindsight is 20/20,” meaning that events are clearer when looking back than when you are actually in the moment. The only thing that I did not like about this book is that it ended sort of abruptly. I expected more of a closing or an explanation of how he adjusted and went back to life outside of the camps, but there wasn’t one.
Overall, this is a great book. It is extremely sad and sometimes disturbing, but it is well worth reading. It will give you a new perspective on the Holocaust that you never knew existed.
My Rating: :0) :0) :0) :0) 4 out of 5 smileys.
Would I recommend it to a friend?: Yes!