Author- Elie Wiesel / Rating – 9/10
Now if you’re the type that likes the “feel good, I like to escape to a better place” kind of novel, read no further. This book will definitely not take you there. Where it takes you is into the heart of darkness, madness and the terrifying reality of human suffering.Have you ever watched a movie with a scene that made you wince? That made you actually turn away because it was too gruesome and realistic? “Night,” by the widely acclaimed author Elie Wiesel is a book that will cause the same reaction.It is a short book about some long years that Elie Wiesel spent in a Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. He went there as a pious boy and left there a man filled with doubt, self-loathing, and a multitude of other emotions.
One of the most cataclysmic events of the twentieth century was the Holocaust in which approximately six million or two-thirds of Europe’s Jewish population were murdered. As the years passed on the survivors slowly passed away and talk of the heartbreaking events that took place were not being mentioned. For this reason, Elie Wiesel, who spent the last year of the Holocaust in Auschwitz, which was a death camp where the largest numbers of Jewish people were exterminated, wrote this book ,which is a powerful memoir of his experience. It was the authors’ goal to make the reader gain an emotional connection with the victims so that this may never be allowed to be forgotten. It is the authors fear that if this is forgotten that another event of this magnitude may take place in the future.
He encountered misery after misery yet still survived physically. But even though he survived physically, he lost something very valuable in the Holocaust. More than just his family members, his father, mother, and sister. He lost his hope for a just world in which everyone could be safe. There really were no survivors of the Holocaust, or any other genocide for that matter. Because when a human mind goes through so much horror, something dies in them all. Though this book was very short, along with its paragraphs and sentences, I found its description very well written and almost gripping. I will read this story again after a few years,probably when I’m particularly down about my own lackluster life. His story will make me appreciate what I have. Though it may not be much, things could always be far far worse.
Thank You @Donawyn for recommending this one 🙂