Night by Elie Wiesel

nightNight by Elie Wiesel (originally published in 1958; translation by Marion Wiesel published 2006, with a new preface by the author), 120 pages

Night describes Wiesel’s experience during the Holocaust and being imprisoned in several concentration camps. The book opens Wiesel’s hometown of Sighet, Transylvania.

A very quick read.

This book had been on my shelf for months and months. I knew I wanted to read it, but I had delayed digging in.

It was not as bad as I expected, somehow.

Although I hadn’t read Night before, I was certainly familiar with what it contained. I toured the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC in 1999. I remember the 2006 Oprah episode showing Wiesel revising Auschwitz. I’ve read other books about the war and its atrocities.

While it is not a fun book, it is an essential read.

Night is the first in a trilogy, and now I want to read Dawn and Day.

I was at least in part prompted to read this book because it appears on the Image Journal list, which I’m still intent on completing, some day.

Wiesel is prolific; he’s written 57 books. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.

Other reviews:
Trish’s Reading Nook
Grasping for the Wind
Things Mean a Lot
Semicolon
Book Addiction
The Written World
Bogormen
ReadingAdventures
Book Nook Club
Embejo Etc.

If you’ve reviewed this book, let me know and I’ll add your link here.

What’s your — favorite I hesitate to call it favorite, but I’m not coming up with a better word choice and anyway, hopefully you know what I mean — Holocaust book?

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15 responses to “Night by Elie Wiesel

  1. This is high on my to-read list. Our Book Nook Club reviewed it:

    http://booknookclub.blogspot.com/2008/06/night-by-elie-wiesel.html

  2. I read this book in middle school. It was the first book that ever made me cry.

  3. Night is by far my favorite (yeah, for lack of a better word) Holocaust book. Wiesel’s imagery, especially towards the end of the book, punched me in the guts when I first read it.

  4. My son read this in high school and has told me several times that I need to read it. I haven’t done it yet, though – it really sounds like I should.

  5. Lily, I have to say that I’m surprised you’d not read this yet (in fact, I’m surprised to hear of anyone over the age of 14 who’s not read it yet). I agree; it’s not a FUN read, but it is essential.

    I’ve done a lot of Holocaust-themed reading (“Gee, Chili, really?!). I was absolutely enamored of The Book Thief – a novel aimed at young adults – and A Scrap of Time – an anthology of short stories – holds some real gems.

    • Yeah, I know you’ve done a ton of Holocaust-themed reading, Mrs. Chili. I really want to read The Book Thief; I started it during the June read-a-thon last year, but it wasn’t great middle-of-the-night reading for me and I haven’t gone back to it yet.

      And yes, it’s a bit embarrassed to admit having not read this until now, but I’m OK with that. I have read it now, and I’m clearly not the only reader who hasn’t read it yet.

  6. My “favorite(s)” would be Art Spiegelman’s Maus-books. I haven’t read Night yet, but it’s definitely in the TBR-pile!

  7. I’m with Eva – Maus.

  8. I’ve been avoiding this, too. It sounds so powerful, I really should.

    Thanks for the great review; and the encouragement to move NIGHT from “maybe someday” to wish list!

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  10. I read this book before my blogging days and it was amazing. Like you, I’ve always intended to read the other two books as well. It’s been years and I still haven’t gotten to them yet.

  11. I just re-read this one a couple of weeks back. I want to read the other two books in the trilogy, too. I hope it’s okay that I linked to your review on War Through the Generations.

    –Anna

  12. I recently read and reveiwed this book. Here’s my post: http://embejoetc.wordpress.com/2010/06/27/night-elie-wiesel/

    Another favourite Holocaust book is The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. Her family were captured and sent to Ravensbruk camp for hiding Jews in their home in Holland. It’s less explicit making it suitable for younger readers, and includes a lot about her faith in God, and subsequent forgiveness after the war.

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