Biographies / Autobiorgaphies

Night by Elie Wiesel

“They’re dead! They will never wake up! Never! Do you understand?” 

Elie survived his existence in the concentration camps when he was about sixteen. Night is the first book of a trilogy and details Elie’s existence during World War 2 when he was imprisoned in a concentration camp, as was his father.

i got this book cheaply off Amazon, but was a bit put off by the spew of bad reviews on goodreads. I completely understand that reviews are objective but it still made me a bit puzzled. Don’t let the numerous cries of ‘FAKE!’ put you off reading the book. The book is slightly over 100 pages long, so its very short and can be read in a short time. It is part of a trilogy, but I don’t really have any interest in reading the other two books. This book, however, did break my heart although it is just one of many books about the Holocaust.

Wiesel’s writing doesn’t drown you. It burns you. The chapters are more like vignettes, but that doesn’t spare you from their true horror. Giving this book 5* may sully the true horror of what happened all those years ago, to so many innocent people. A quick google search shows that there is a school of thought which would indicate people think Wiesel to be a liar. My question is ‘why?’ – why lie that you were in the midst of such horrific human tragedy? What did he hope to achieve? I only hope the speculation is false after all.

MY RATING: *** / *****

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