The Bottom Line
- Effectively transmits an understanding of what Holocaust victims experienced.
- Via the first person voice, Wiesel takes the reader with him into the darkness.
- Wiesel's honest descriptions help the reader open up and grasp the unimagineable.
- The book is short and the writing is simple, which makes it easier digest the difficult content.
- As this is a Holocaust book, it is not pleasurable reading.
- As this is a Holocaust book, there is no happy ending
- The reader physically accompanies Wiesel through many inhumane and near-death experiences.
- The reader emotionally accompanies Wiesel as he loses his home, community, family, personal dignity.
- The reader spiritually accompanies Wiesel as he loses his faith in God.
- Powerful, unforgetable, and educational book about the Holocaust, human beings and faith in God.
Guide Review - Night by Elie Wiesel
Before long, I felt swept along with the 15-year-old Wiesel as he was forced into the Ghetto and then onto the transport which arrived at Auschwitz. At this point in the book, I realized for the first time how helpless the Jews were in the face of the Nazi's well-oiled death machine.
When Wiesel described his first contact with horrors such as Selection, Gas Chambers, and Crematoria, I felt as if I was also seeing the babies in the mass graves. When Wiesel described the hunger, beatings, hangings, and inhumanity of the Nazi's at the Buna concentration camp, I felt physically sick. And when Wiesel described the Death March, I felt awed by his courage, strength and ability to survive.
Wiesel's struggles with his own increasing callousness and his loss of faith in God add spiritual depth to the book.
I believe that everyone should take 3-4 hours to read Wiesel's Night. The book provides an inside, honest look into one of mankind's most inhumane hours, and thus gives one a realistic vision of what mankind is capable of again today and in the future.