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I don't understand why this is called a trilogy. His memoir is mainly about the struggle with his faith, which I can understand, but that didn't appeal to me as much as other holocaust memoirs. It's about a young holocaust-survivor who joins a Jewish underground movement in Palestine an I don't understand why this is called a trilogy. It's about a young holocaust-survivor who joins a Jewish underground movement in Palestine and is commanded to execute a British officer who has been taken hostage. Sounds promising, but it really wasn't. It was all about the inner struggle to fulfill the command to execute the officer.
Too much philosophizing and mystic rhetoric, in the most pejorative sense possible. In fact, he was whining about it so much that I wished he would put a bullet through his own head. Because let's not forget, all his whining doesn't change the fact he's a terrorist. No Stockholm Syndrome for me, thank you very much.
It has put me off reading 'Day', for sure. View all 4 comments. Oct 24, Pamela rated it it was amazing. One of the frightening things about the Holocaust was the fact that in spite of what we wish to believe it was predominantly perpetrated by ordinary people. We like to think that only monsters do monstrous things. I think it is a comfort to us and a way of assuring ourselves that we could never do anything so heinous. The truth of human nature is a lot more complicated, however. I first read Night a while ago and what struck me was Wiesel's guilt over wishing at one point that his father would j One of the frightening things about the Holocaust was the fact that in spite of what we wish to believe it was predominantly perpetrated by ordinary people.
I first read Night a while ago and what struck me was Wiesel's guilt over wishing at one point that his father would just die. The survival instinct can take over us all, no one is immune and no one can truly know what they would do if confronted with the horrors Wiesel and others who have experienced such deprivation would face. This is the first time I have ready Dawn and Day The Accident and the truly remarkable aspect of Wiesel's writing is how simple, in a way, he is able to present the dilemma that survivors face. Throughout Dawn I really began to think that Elisha would not be able to execute the British officer.
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The fact that he went through with this horrible act and yet I felt for him as much as the soldier is chilling in what it says. Not about bad people, but about the bad acts that good people can end up committing. And in Day The Accident , the question of whether one can truly leave behind a past that is made up of such tremendous tragedy to go on and live a normal life is a difficult one.
After all, the past is responsible in so many ways of making us who were are in the present that fully discarding it is impossible. Wiesel should be required reading. Dawn and Day I find much better than Night - but that is just my personal opinion. The short stories are an exercise in imagination on the part of Wiesel, who envisions situations in which he places a character veru much like himself.
Because his character is always his age and a Holocaust survivor, he seems real, human, tangible, never fake or drawn out.
He was born and lived here before bei Dawn and Day I find much better than Night - but that is just my personal opinion. He was born and lived here before being deported to Auschwitz. His story and house were fascinating. Tomorrow I'm also visiting Auschwitz - I'm writing this here so I can remember over years - and I hope his books will come in good use whilst witnessing said place.
An odd little trilogy, comprising of one seminal work of non-fiction, and two fictional follow ups. I really have no idea how to review this book, honestly. All I know is that Night should be required reading. That humans are capable of so much depravity shouldn't really surprise me, as it isn't the first time I've read about the Holocaust, nor have I not heard of other similar atrocities, but it does.
Night is very simply written, it is shocking in its starkness. It is also a very devout boy's An odd little trilogy, comprising of one seminal work of non-fiction, and two fictional follow ups. It is also a very devout boy's understanding and acceptance of the fact that if there is a God, he's not kind or merciful nor is he a particularly vigilant one.
The other two books Dawn, and the Accident are follow ups to Night. They're fictional post-holocaust books, catching the protagonist at odd moments of his life after the war. Dawn deals with Elisha contemplating the murder of an army captain for political purposes in Palestine, and the Accident has him pondering the idea of suicide as the past is too much to bear. I did not like these to the extent of Night, but they are great books in their own right. The writing in these two books is simple as well and its emotions honest.
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Great stuff. Oddly enough, in reading Night I thought of it as a coming of age story, a Bildungsroman set in a concentration camp. By this, I sense that what Oddly enough, in reading Night I thought of it as a coming of age story, a Bildungsroman set in a concentration camp. By this, I sense that what Wiesel must have had to tolerate in order to survive was much more horrible than anyone can manage to frame in words.
For this reason, he held off telling his story for many years. The tale begins with some interesting boyish memories of life in Sighet in Transylvania, including a struggle to understand God's role in his life, countering what Elie has been told with curiosity about the mystical realm of Judaism. The young Wiesel is told by an itinerant rabbi: Man raises himself toward God by the questions he asks Him. That is the true dialogue. Man questions God and God answers. But we can't understand His answers.
We can't understand them because they come from the depths of the soul, and they stay there until death. You will find the true answers Eliezer, only within yourself. Elie Wiesel was forced to constantly say Kaddish for fellow inmates of the concentration camp who were detained with him but also for his family and eventually for his own lost faith in God. On a particular day in Auschwitz, Elie Wiesel heard a fellow inmate declaring, "Blessed be the name of the Eternal" and reflected: Why should I bless Him?
In every fiber I rebelled. This day I had ceased to plead. I was no longer capable of lamentation. On the contrary, I felt very strong. I was the accuser, God was the accused. Without love or mercy. I had ceased to be anything but ashes, yet I felt stronger than the Almighty, to whom my life had been tied for so long. I stood amidst those praying, observing it like a stranger. We continue to ask how such things were possible. Simon Wiesenthal suggested that "God must have been on leave during the Holocaust. The same question has been posed to many since the Holocaust but Rabbi Heschel's response seems the most satisfactory.
This is to distinguish this edition from the version that has Day as the 3rd book of the trilogy. Apparently, Wiesel felt that these the first three books he authored constituted in some way a unified tale. View all 16 comments. Apr 30, Karen rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction. I knew The Night was about the Holocaust, but didn't know much about the other two books.
I thought about how I would have reacted if put in that situation, as a victim. I'm not sure I would have acted differently. He comments a few times on situations where, looking back, they could have avoided trauma. They could have escaped it. But, instead, because of fear or naivety, or trust in human decency, they continued to be herded and killed. I think I would have continued to hope for the best in ot I knew The Night was about the Holocaust, but didn't know much about the other two books. I think I would have continued to hope for the best in others as well, which would have led to my demise, unfortunately.
There was not an ounce of human decency or morality in those events. The other books describe post-Holocaust emotions, the first as the survivor is required to execute a man, and the second as he tries to love and be loved. One would never be the same after seeing such evil, but I was struck by his inner narrative. So bleak and honest. So empty and hopeless. It's ironic that he spent so much energy avoiding death in the moment, but when removed from the danger, wishes for it.
To escape from the emptiness that is left behind. It really made the horror of that time in our history and it's after effects on the generation of survivors, real for me. This is a must-read to keep those memories alive. Nov 02, Jennifer rated it really liked it. These books are hard to read, as it is a true first-person portrayal of the horrors of concentration camps Night and then the permanent mental and emotional after-effects Dawn and The Accident in the survivor.
Even though it is not happy reading, it is necessary that we all get a graphic and honest portrayal of the atrocities to ensure that it will never happen again. Growing up as a studious, faithful, and devoted Jewish scholar, he completely loses his faith in God and becomes angry at Him. His constant question of "why" has no answer and he cannot accept that.
Dawn is a sort of revenge- previously the victim, he now is placed in the role of executioner. The Accident struggles even more with the post-trauma in a mental capacity- along with the loss of grace, he deals with suicidal tendencies and we see how his inner struggles affect those who love him in the present. I do recommend reading them all together, as they are so closely related. Jan 06, em rated it really liked it Shelves: classics , memoir , nonfiction , historical-fiction , ww2 , recommended-by , personal-library , i-m-an-emotional-wreck.
I read Night close to two years ago. I finished it in one sitting with tears rolling down my face. I think everyone should read this once in their life. I can't really add anything that has already been said before, so this will be short and sweet with more quotes that moved me instead. Spoilers ahead for anyone who will read.
Reader beware. A boy who faced thee insurmountable of insurmountable-s of circumstances is left to try and start himself again. But he can't. His faith is sh I read Night close to two years ago. His faith is shattered. Just how does one do it? I mean, just how? Wiesel is brilliant in using the darker-road-taken by survivors of the Holocaust a path the world quickly forgot and misunderstood. Don't get me wrong, a terrorist is a fucking terrorist. The ghosts of his loved ones haunt him during his moral quandary to move forward with going from victim of heinous crimes to committing them.
So powerful. The group consoles his self-doubts. Use violence because there's always violence, and people listen when violence is involved most times. It makes me branch off to think about national security and government operatives in The States I better not divulge. Here's the quotes: "You mustn't be afraid of the dark," he said, gently grasping my arm and making me shudder. At night everything is more intense, more true. The echo of words that have been spoken during the day takes on a new and deeper meaning.
The tragedy of man is that he doesn't know how to distinguish between day and night. He says things at night that should only be said by day. We can rely only on ourselves. If we must become unjust and inhumane to us, than we shall do so. We don't like to be bearers of death; heretofore we've chosen to be victims rather than executioners. The commandment Thou shalt not kill was given from the summit of one of the mountains here in Palestine, and we were the only ones to obey it.
But that's all over; we must be like everybody else. Murder will be not our profession but our duty. In the days pose: to kill those who have made us killers. We shall kill in order that one more we may be men Death has no hair; it has only eyes. God, on the other hand, has no eyes at all. Judge God. He created the universe and made justice stem from injustices.
He brought it about that a people should attain happiness through tears, that the freedom of a nation, like that of a man, should be a monument built upon a pile, a foundation of dead bodies Were you his only enemy? I wanted to hate him. I cannot imagine how it must be to lose faith in your God and accept Death as your salvation. I'm not religious; I am agnostic, but I have many friends, family, and community members that do believe in God. I imagine God getting stripped from them from ultimate suffering and I think this is it. I do not understand and I sincerely want to as to why he wants to be hated.
That he amounts his entire past as grabbing him, swallowing him, and spitting him out on hate. Stockholm Syndrome residue? I was starting to feel frustrated toward the end.
The contingency of time starts getting harder to follow. Oh, the painter The segment with the MC and the painter Profound and hard to stomach. Honestly, I added a star because of my strong emotions to this installation. Dawn didn't really do a whole lot for me in this regard as Night and The Accident did. Let be, and let live. She liked to relate everything to us. We were always the center of her universe. For her, other mortals lived only to be used as comparisons. I don't look at you," I answered, slightly annoyed. There was a silence. I was biting my tongue. You know that. You can love God, but you can't look at Him.
I would have to practice lying. I felt alone, abandoned. Deep inside I discovered a regret: I would have preferred to die. After the war, when I arrived in Paris, I had often, very often, been urged to tell. I refused. I told myself that the dead didn't need us to be heard. They are less bashful than I. Shame has no hold on them, while I was bashful and ashamed. That's the way it is: shame tortures not the executioners but their victims. The greatest shame is to have been chosen by destiny. Man prefers to blame himself for all possible sins and crimes rather than come to the conclusion that God is capable of the most flagrant injustice.
I still blush every time I think of the way God makes fun of human beings, his favorite toys. Not alone, and not at night. You are beautiful. You have all of the qualities to conquer the living. But here you are fighting the dead. You cannot conquer the dead! Maybe God is dead, but man is alive. The proof: he is capable of friendship. The others, Gyula? Those who died? What about them? Besides me, they have no friends. You must chase them from your memory.
With a whip if necessary. Night: The language used here is so haunting and beautiful that I often felt myself on the verge of tears. Dawn: I really found this piece quite interesting and I quite enjoyed it. I did like the way the story was presented non-chronologically, it really fits for the character and the story.
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The writing itself was still excellent, but I think I had a little trouble engaging with the character. Overall this is an excellent and important collection. Feb 24, Bucket rated it it was amazing Shelves: literary , culture , reviewed , history , life-and-death , world-lit , read-all-editions , bio-auto-bio , tragedy , identity. I am glad to have read all three of Wiesel's stories at once. The first, Night, is the one everyone has read and now me too, finally! The night is an important theme that weaves through the stories.
In Night, night refers to the actual first night that Elie is in a concentration camp but it also means what hi I am glad to have read all three of Wiesel's stories at once. In Night, night refers to the actual first night that Elie is in a concentration camp but it also means what his life has become: "Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed.
The morning star was shining in the sky. I too had become a completely different person. The student of the Talmud, the child that I was, had been consumed in flames. There remained only a shape that looked like me. A dark flame had entered into my soul and devoured it. In Night, Elie feels he is nothing more than a body: "I was a body.
Perhaps less than that even: a starved stomach. The stomach alone was aware of the passage of time. Elie deals with the loss of his humanity in an unusual way as he contemplates what it will mean for him to become a murderer. He struggles, not because of his own morality or human-feeling, but because of the judgment he feels from all those who he lost during the Holocaust literally, everyone he knew. Throughout Dawn, Elie is surrounded by the familiar dead, and trying to understand what their presence means.
Dawn takes place entirely during the night, with its culminating scene occurring at dawn. It covers everything. They cannot forget and do not want to , they feel guilt and shame, both at having experienced what they did and at having survived. The images are there in front of our eyes. Even if our eyes were no longer there, the images would remain. I think if I were able to forget I would hate myself.
Our stay there planted time bombs within us.
From time to time one of them explodes. And then we are nothing but suffering, shame and guilt. He has to lie about loving his girlfriend Kathleen and he has to lie about wanting to live. As he sees the suffering his memories put Kathleen through, Elie realizes: "I knew that our suffering changes us. Aug 13, Gremrien rated it liked it. I gave three stars to the trilogy only because I would give stars to the first book and to the second and third ones. It's difficult to talk about the trilogy as a whole, because the three books are very different.
Wiesel was sent to Buna Werke labor camp, a sub-camp of Auschwitz III-Monowitz, with his father where they were forced to work under deplorable, inhumane conditions. They were transferred to other Nazi camps and force marched to Buchenwald where his father died after being beaten by a German soldier, just three months before the camp was liberated. Elie was freed from Buchenwald in Of his relatives, only he and his older sisters Beatrice and Hilda survived. Wiesel went on to study at the Sorbonne in France from and took up journalism, writing for French and Israeli publications. The book was shortened and published in France as La Nuit , and as Night for English readers in The memoir eventually became an acclaimed bestseller, translated into many languages, and is considered a seminal work on the terrors of the Holocaust.
Wiesel wrote hauntingly of his experience. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky. Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever. Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live long as God himself.
Wiesel moved to New York in and became a U. Wiesel also became a revered international activist, orator and figure of peace over the years, speaking out against injustices perpetrated in an array of countries, including South Africa, Bosnia, Cambodia and Rwanda. He was honored across the world with a number of awards, including the U. Teaching was another of Wiesel's passions, and he was appointed in the mids as Boston University's Andrew W.
Mellon Professor in the Humanities. Wiesel won the Nobel Peace Prize in His message is one of peace, atonement and human dignity.