Thursday, June 27, 2013

Book Club: Night – Elie Wiesel

Night  (The Night Trilogy, #1)
Born in the town of Sighet, Transylvania.  Elie Wiesel was a teenager when he and his family were taken from their home in 1944 to the Auschwitz concentration camp, and then to Buchenwald.  Night is the terrifying record of Elie Wiesel’s memories of the death of his family, the death of his own innocence, and his despair as a deeply observant Jew confronting the absolute evil of man.  This new translation by his wife and most frequent translator, Marion Wiesel, corrects important details and presents the most accurate rendering in English of Elie Wiesel’s testimony to what happened in the camps of his unforgettable message that this horror must never be allowed to happen again.

3/5 stars (liked it)
This was a very sad book as well as should be expected when writing about a concentration camp.  It still shocks me to think of how people were treated and what they had to endure.  Anyone that has survived that kind of brutality deserves to be heard and live out the rest of his or her lives in comfort.  The only thing I would have liked about this book was an epilogue of sorts to see what happened to Elie after the concentration camps.

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