Thursday, August 14, 2008
Night by Elie Wiesel
Born in the town of Sighet, Transylvania, Elie Weisel 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 innocence, and his despair as a deeply observant Jew confronting the absolute evil of man. This version of Night presents the most accurate rendering in English of Elie Wiesel’s testimony to what happened in the camps and of his unforgettable message that this horror must never be allowed to happen again.
It’s hard to find the words to review a book like this. Night takes you on a harrowing journey into the darkness of the human soul. An Amazon reviewer stated it perfectly when he said, “This is the longest short book I've ever read. It is one that has stayed with me from the first page, and I've never been able to shake the images brought forward, the misery and suffering, the existence of evil and brutality, the sadness and desolation.” A true classic, Night should be read by all.