Night (The Night Trilogy #1) by Elie Wiesel
Synopsis: Born into a Jewish ghetto in Hungary, as a child, Elie Wiesel was sent to the Nazi concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald. This is his account of that atrocity: the ever-increasing horrors he endured, the loss of his family and his struggle to survive in a world that stripped him of humanity, dignity and faith. Describing in simple terms the tragic murder of a people from a survivor’s perspective, Night is among the most personal, intimate and poignant of all accounts of the Holocaust. A compelling consideration of the darkest side of human nature and the enduring power of hope, it remains one of the most important works of the twentieth century.
New translation by Marion Wiesel, with a new introduction by Elie Wiesel.
Review: I have read Night several times, and every time I read it I am reminded of why it is such a great book. I picked up some 9th grade English classes this school year and it was on the required reading list. I really looked forward to re-reading it with the students. It was amazing to watch them get drawn in to his story. They were shocked at the atrocities that were committed, were able to understand and follow Elie’s journey and I had a few say they loved the book or that it was a good read.
It is such a powerful, well-written, and eloquent account of what Elie and so many other Jews went through during the Holocaust. If you haven’t read it, it is definitely one that needs to be added to your TBR Bucket List. His use of internal dialogue, first person narrative, and reflection throughout the story pulls the reader in and keeps their attention. You become a witness to what happened. Beautiful. Powerful. Memorable. And one of my absolute favorite books of all time.