Night / Dawn / Day

by Elie Wiesel

Book, 1985



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New York : [New York] : Distributed by Scribner, c1985.


Three works deal with a concentration camp survivor, a hostage holder in Palestine, and a recovering accident victim.

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LibraryThing member wiremonkey
Night- the horrifying story of a young man in a concentration camp Dawn-concentration camp survivor becomes executionist in israeli freedom army- The accident- debunks Simone Weil's asssertion (and for that matter the catholic church's contention that suffering leads to saintliness-idea that many
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who survived only survived in body only..One of those books that you don't want to read anymore but you feel like it would be an act of cowardice not to finish.
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LibraryThing member jwhenderson
A moving exploration, through memoir and fiction, of some of the most significant questions human beings can face. What is the meaning of life? Of love? Of death? Is there a God who allows lives of such pain and suffering? Simply told, Wiesel raises these issues and others and engages the reader in
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a conversation that will last the rest of his life.
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LibraryThing member tjsjohanna
I've never read any of Mr. Wiesel's works before, though I've read many Holocaust and post-Holocaust works. Maybe it's my growing age, but I find myself trying to imagine facing the horrors of Jews in WW II and failing. I can't even attempt to imagine what I would have done anymore. I wonder, could
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I have lived through such inhumanity and not lost faith in individual good? Could I have found meaning in my life as a survivor? More and more I have to wonder. Mr. Wiesel's testimony (Night) is stark, moving, and honest. "Dawn" asks the question "can such a life experience translate to a changed worldview, or are we doomed to also be inhuman in our turn?" "The Accident" makes me wonder what I would need to live again after such horrors. Very moving.
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LibraryThing member grheault
Part 1. Concentration camp,
Part 2. Liberation & terrorism
Part 3. Numbness, and loss of desire to live.
LibraryThing member libmhleigh
This was one bound volume of Wiesel’s first three books, which concern the Holocaust, survival, and humanity. Night is Wiesel’s personal memoir, which relates his personal story before and during World War II, as he and his father are separated from his mother and sister and interned in a
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series of concentration camps. Dawn is the story of a member of the movement to free Palestine from British occupation and Day concerns how one could move from a past that consumes one’s every thought (or even if one should).

Quote: “Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never.€?

I read Night in high school, and always think of it as being a particularly long book, which it is not. Wiesel manages to pack more than I would think possible into a little over a hundred pages, which relates the story of himself and his family during the Holocaust. It is a beautifully written work that relates a terrible story. I found the story of Wiesel’s loss of faith and the relationship he had with his father particularly memorable. If you somehow missed this in high school, pick it up, if you didn’t, find it again. It’s worth it.
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LibraryThing member Anagarika
Wow! What else can I say? The trilogy is truly moving, but really sad.
LibraryThing member Venqat65
Heartbreaking but true, Night is a book that touches your very soul. The author is right when he explains that mere words do not carry enough weight to describe the events which occurred during WWII. Words take on new meaning when heard in this story. It is truly a time that we should never
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forget--for so many reasons!
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LibraryThing member Cecilturtle
The first book made me cry; the second book made me think; the third book had me soul-searching. Each is so different yet communicates a range of emotions, thoughts and insights that are incredibly different. (I thought) I was prepared for Night - but was caught unawares at the depth of the human
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pain; I was drawn into the inner turmoil of Dawn and the deep religious and moral implications; The Accident was less compelling to me at first, but the final - so unexpected to me - scene helped completely reframe the story.

These are truly classics. Wiesel is a talented writer, but this is definitely his most raw and intense work.
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LibraryThing member PhoenixTerran
I can't really say this is a "good" book, due to the content matter, but it certainly is an important book. It's an autobiographical account of Elie Wiesel's internment in the concentration camps of World War II. Most people have probably already read this book, but I never had to. But, like I
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said, it is definitely an important book of Shoah literature.

A young survivor of the Buchenwald concentration camp is enlisted in a Israeli terrorist group. The book follows his struggle with himself after being ordered to kill a British officer being held hostage by his organization.

The Accident
This semi-autobiographical account was originally entitled Day. The Accident is the story of a man who struggles to lead a life after surviving the concentration camps. One night, he is hit by a speeding taxi and almost killed. But, was it really an accident?

Experiments in Reading
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LibraryThing member Juva
Night - A chilling relation of the author's experiences in both Auschwitz and Buchenwald. It begins with the deportation of his family from Transylvania and ends with the death of his father and the liberation of the camp. A truly grisly and unflinching look into the heart of evil and man's ability
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to survive inhumane circumstances.

Dawn - This story finds our narrator at eighteen and in Palestine working in a terrorist organization. One of their number is about to be executed by the English occupiers. In retaliation, an English captain has been caught and will be executed simultaneously. Elisha has been chosen to execute this man. As the group waits for dawn, Elisha struggles with his orders and the prospect of becoming a murderer.

The Accident - This story recounts a brutal car accident that the narrator suffers and the aftermath. This close brush with death leaves the narrator disappointed. He is consumed with thoughts of his loved ones who have died and longs to be with him. Meanwhile his friends launch a campaign to convince him to give up his past and rejoin the world of the living.
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LibraryThing member dsha67
I finished Elie Wiesel’s Night.

Dark is a poignant memoir of the personal trials and tribulations of Elie Wiesel, his family and other Jews of Hungary in late World War II.

It is a personal journey and at the same time a shared experience of many others who suffered at the hands of the
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Wiesel describes the period when the Jews of Hungary are placed into ghettos and later the trips through many different concentration camps where his sister and mother are separated from him and his father.

It describes the journey where both his faith in god and empathy towards others including his father ebbs as each day is a struggle to survive and keep his self from being selected for death.

A dark book that we need to read so that we are reminded of our inner strength and never forget the evil of the Nazi’s.

There are 5 star books and then there is this, which is important for us all to read. Never forget.
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LibraryThing member amerynth
I first read Elie Wiesel's "Night" in high school and planned to give it a reread after he passed away. I was surprised to learn there was a trilogy so I picked up this book, which has fictional works "Dawn" and "Day" too. While the latter two are certainly heavy with the absolute turmoil that
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surviving the Holocaust caused, I didn't love the pairing of both fiction and nonfiction in one big work.

"Night," of course," tells the story of some of Wiesel's acutal experiences in Auschwitz and Buchenwald. It was probably the first book about the Holocaust I ever read -- and even upon rereading, it's heart-wrenching, painful and moving to hear about the horrors from those who lived them.

"Dawn" takes a look at what might have happened had a survivor who had Wiesel's Holocaust experiences, moved to Palestine and become involved in the push to get Great Britain out of the country. What does it take to turn someone who was victimized into a killer himself? What role does God play the life of someone who witnessed what Wiesel witnessed? It's an interesting meditation, though I felt it wasn't as strong as the other stories.

"Day" was another fictional piece, (though it had an autobiographical vibe to it,) in which a Holocaust survivor struggles with an indifference toward the concept of death and a survivors' tactic of keeping his thoughts and feelings closed off as a sort of protective measure. While this short novel started off a little slowly, it gained momentum as it unfolded and I found it made me rather thoughtful about its themes.
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Original publication date

1961, 1962, 1990, 2006 Day
1960, 1961, 2006 Dawn
1958, 2006 Night
1972, 1985, 2008 (Omnibus)


0876688970 / 9780876688977

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