This is the next installment of my Books that Transcend Age series. Nobel Peace Prize winner, Elie Wiesel’s memoir Night.
The first time I read this book was years ago when I was in high school. There wasn’t a person in my class that wasn’t moved by this book. I truly believe that everyone should at one point in their life read this book. If you are going through changes in your life, if you are going through your own crucible or troubles, you should read this book. If you have ever felt alone, troubled, hopeless, YOU should read this book.
Here is an important quote from the book:
"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.
"Never shall I forget that smoke. 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 that 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 as long as God Himself. Never."
Now from the quote alone, one is able to gather that this book deals with serious subject matter. This book is told by Elie Wiesel and his experiences during World War II in the Jewish ghettos and later Auschwitz, one of the most infamous concentration camps.
Though the subject matter is dark it leaves the reader with hope. Hope that hardships will pass, that you can survive the difficulties that everyone faces in life.
Here is the summary the amazon provides:
Night is Elie Wiesel’s masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie’s wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author’s original intent. And in a substantive new preface, Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man’s capacity for inhumanity to man.
Night offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald; it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be.
The book is 120 pages long and has been reviewed by many:
“A slim volume of terrifying power.”—The New York Times
"Required reading for all of humanity." —Oprah
“Wiesel has taken his own anguish and imaginatively metamorphosed it into art.” —Curt Leviant, Saturday Review
"To the best of my knowledge no one has left behind him so moving a record."—Alfred Kazin
"What makes this book so chilling is not the pretense of what happened but a very real description of every thought, fear and the apathetic attitude demonstrated as a response … Night, Wiesel’s autobiographical masterpiece, is a heartbreaking memoir. Wiesel has taken his painful memories and channeled them into an amazing document which chronicles his most intense emotions every step along the way."—Jose Del Real, Anchorage Daily News
"As a human document, Night is almost unbearably painful, and certainly beyond criticism."—A. Alvarez, Commentary
I highly recommend that you read this book. Highly.
-The Book Marauders