Night by Elie Wiesel

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36 Critic Reviews

As the events of the 1940s slip ever further away, they become harder to comprehend and imagine. In his foreword, Wiesel explains why he felt compelled to write Night, saying his "duty is to bear witness for the dead and for the living". He has done more than most to keep alive their memory.
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Synopsis

A New Translation From The French By Marion Wiesel

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.

 

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Elie Wiesel is the author of more than forty books, including his unforgettable international bestsellers Night and A Beggar in Jerusalem, winner of the Prix Médicis. He has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States Congressional Gold Medal, and the French Legion of Honor with the rank of Grand Cross. In 1986, he received the Nobel Peace Prize. He is Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and University Professor at Boston University.
 
Published February 7, 2012 by Hill and Wang. 148 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality, Travel, Literature & Fiction, War, Education & Reference, Children's Books. Non-fiction
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All: 36 | Positive: 34 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Below average
on Oct 07 2011

The author's youthfulness helps to assure the inevitable comparison with the Anne Frank diary although over and above the sphere of suffering shared, and in this case extended to the death march itself, there is no spiritual or emotional legacy here to offset any reader reluctance.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Phil Mongredien on Dec 19 2009

As the events of the 1940s slip ever further away, they become harder to comprehend and imagine. In his foreword, Wiesel explains why he felt compelled to write Night, saying his "duty is to bear witness for the dead and for the living". He has done more than most to keep alive their memory.

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Deseret News

Good
Reviewed by Dennis Lythgoe on Feb 26 2006

As one describing his own experiences with simple power and only occasional editorial comment, he has produced a monumental work that everyone should read.

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About.com Bestsellers

Good
Reviewed by Erin Collazo Miller on Jun 10 2014

The subject matter is difficult to think about, but it is important to deal with and remember nonetheless. Night is well written, and a good resource for teenagers and adults who are reading about the Holocaust for the first time or studying the subject in depth.

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Biographile

Good
Reviewed by Christine Spines on Jan 04 2013

"Night" remains Wiesel’s defining work and will forever inform his legacy as a writer and Nobel Prize-winning humanitarian.

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UTexas

Good
Reviewed by Amanda Henderson on Jun 16 2014

Critics have praised Wiesel's book for its honesty, powerful language, and for its ability to remind us that this must never happen again.

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Teen Ink

Excellent
Reviewed by thepokelolo on Sep 04 2014

Elie Wiesel simply did not write his testimonies in Night, he brought the reader into the world of his unforgettable nightmare.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Bailey M. on Sep 02 2014

I recommend this book because, for me, it answers questions about World War 2 that I wanted to know. It tells you what it was like on the inside and how one teenager felt when he had to survive in it.

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Teen Ink

Excellent
Reviewed by angela.wong20 on Sep 02 2014

Wiesel did an amazing job at describing his experiences for us. Each act of cruelty becomes etched in your mind, breaking your heart when you imagine real people dying as described in the story.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Lucy(: on Sep 02 2014

I am speechless at the thought of people living through that torture because each person is entirely innocent. After reading this story I cherish my life even more.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Akunna I. on Sep 02 2014

Thank you for taking the time to write this novel, which must have been very difficult to do. To face the past and to acknowledge one's lowest points is never a simple task. The Nobel Peace Prize that you earned was well-deserved, because Night was a large step forward for the efforts of peace.

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Teen Ink

Excellent
Reviewed by livelovedance4life on Sep 02 2014

Night is not only a literary gem, but a wealth of historical knowledge as well, and I highly recommend it for all teen and adult readers.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Jenn K. on Sep 02 2014

This book is important because people around the world need to know and remember what happened during the Holocaust.

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Teen Ink

Above average
Reviewed by Michael S. on Sep 02 2014

This book is very hard to push through at times, but is very deserving of a 3 out of 5 and is a thoughtful autobiography that allows you to glimpse into the human mind.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by shaolinstyle on Sep 02 2014

This book has been a personal favorite of mine for years. This book contains tales of death, starvation, faith, and the will to survive.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by vavalos on Sep 02 2014

...anyone who loves a great story from the past should read “Night”. Even more so if you are interested in the tragedies of the holocaust from such a great author. Also, those who enjoy stories that are non-fiction, and bibliographies. I absolutely loved this book, and hope others enjoy as I did.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Vy T. on Sep 02 2014

This book provokes me to profound thinking about human's behavior and made me realize how lucky I am to live in a relatively safe and just place along family members and the people that I love.

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Teen Ink

Good
on Jun 16 2014

This book draws you in and repels you, while teaching and warning you. Night was made to be read, so read it, because it's up to you make sure that the past doesn't repeat itself.

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Teen Ink

Good
on Jun 16 2014

Night taught me to cherish everyone around me and not to take them for granted, even if I see them every day. I learned to smile as much as possible to make up for the not-so-great moments in life.

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Teen Ink

Good
on Jun 16 2014

The emotions I gathered from this writing, my opinion on Elie Wiesel, my thoughts on the Holocaust, and my knowledge on the human ability to survive have taken a great effect on me.

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Yahoo! Voices

Good
Reviewed by Gregory Wallis on Nov 26 2008

The value of the book "Night" to historians is priceless. Many years have passed between the time of the Holocaust and our present day. Few are the survivors that are left and they continue to dwindle away.

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Things Mean a Lot

Excellent
Reviewed by Ana S. on Mar 25 2008

The book ends on a very bleak note, but there is some comfort to be found in the knowledge that Elie Wiesel went on to become such a prolific writer, and a Nobel Prize for Peace winning activist. Read Night. It’s an important book

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Book Journey

Good
Reviewed by Sheila on Sep 20 2011

While Night may not seem to be for everyone, I have to disagree...I have read several books regarding the Nazi Concentration Camps and each time I am slammed with the reality of what a confusing and painful world we live in.

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Rebecca Reads

Good
Reviewed by Rebecca Reid on Jul 09 2012

Although other stories of German concentration camps may be more hopeful about humanity (The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom, for example), Night is an important and classic memoir that should be read.

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Book Addiction

Excellent
on Jan 27 2009

So for me, this is a no-brainer: read Night, that’s really all I can say on the subject. You should just read it if you haven’t already.

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Reading on a Rainy Day

Above average
Reviewed by Athira on Oct 10 2013

This is not my first experience with Wiesel. His eloquent phrases and thought-provoking stream-of-consciousness will make any reader think.

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Bookmunch

Excellent
on Feb 25 2009

It would be impossible to say anything critical about a book such as this, a memoir of a survivor from Auschwitz, even if there were anything critical to say.

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Hope Chest Reviews

Excellent
on Sep 02 2014

I would characterize this book as a must read for everyone from mature teens on up. It is my fervent belief that in order to not repeat the horrific events of the past, we must never forget them, and one way to keep these memories alive is to explore the stories of those who prevailed against this oppressive evil.

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You've GOTTA Read This

Good
Reviewed by Sandy Nawrot on Apr 22 2009

Did I like this book? Yes I did. I can't ditch my Miss Merry Sunshine badge quite yet...this would not be a good place to start with a critical attitude. But neither would I be anxious to re-read it anytime soon. I know this is an overused word, but it is downright haunting.

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Diary of an Eccentric

Excellent
Reviewed by Anna on Jan 01 2010

Night is a book that stays with you long after you turn the last page with a heavy heart. If you only read one Holocaust memoir in your lifetime, let it be this one.

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Lovely Treez Reads

Excellent
on Nov 11 2010

Without melodrama, without oversentimentality, stating what happened in a straightforward narrative, Elie conveys the full horror of these events. This novella deserves to be ranked among the must-reads in Holocaust Literature...

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Literary Musings

Good
Reviewed by B on Feb 13 2012

This is a hard book to review because of its sheer power and emotional impact it had on me. When it comes to non-fiction that is this harrowing, I question how justified I am in critiquing it at all.

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The Story Girl

Good
on Mar 31 2014

Night was by no means an enjoyable book to read. It sits heavy in your mind and heart and I have a feeling that heaviness will continue even though I've now read through it. However, it is worthwhile -- worthwhile to remember those that suffered in the Holocaust...

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Hungry like the Woolf

Excellent
on Dec 28 2010

This is a book of humbling power. Reading it changes a person. Like Cynthia Ozick’s short story The Shawl, Night feels like a portal into the abyss.

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Inspire

Excellent
Reviewed by BOLTACH on Oct 19 2012

While not an enjoyable read, it definitely needs to be read widely. This book had caused great inner turmoil within me due to the silence of God.

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WordLily

Good
on Jun 09 2009

While it is not a fun book, it is an essential read...Wiesel is prolific; he’s written 57 books. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.

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