Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Night - Elie Wiesel

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. [Goodreads]

I've been reading some World War II related books recently, (see The Book Thief by Markus Zusak) and they never fail to astound me. There's just something about WWII that draws me in, and keeps me interested. We all know that the Holocaust was horrible and we know the facts, from school and whatnot, but what we don't know is each personal retelling. We don't know exactly what each person faced, be it Jewish, Gypsy, German, etc. That's why I love these books so much. Yes, some of them are fictional, but these things could have happened to someone who wasn't able to write their own story. Night, however, is not a fictional retelling. Ellie Wiesel was a Jewish child in a Nazi containment camp, and he faced many many absolutely horrible struggles.

Night is beautifully written. It is filled with both symbolism and anguish, and words cannot express how much I loved this book. Not only does the writing keep you interested, but it puts a face to the figures. Everyone should read a book about the Holocaust at one point in your life, these books open both your eyes and your mind.

I give this book a 5/5. 

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