Monday 17 March 2014


Finished March 17
Night by Elie Wiesel, translated by Marion Wiesel

This is another classic that I had never got around to reading. This is the memoir of Elie Wiesel of his experience in the concentration camps in World War II. Wiesel was born in Transylvania, a part of Europe that was one of the last to succumb to the rounding up of the Jews. He and his family were taken from their home in 1944, and this book tells their experience as Elie loses the members of his family, questions his own faith, and realizes the horrors that man is capable of.
The book reads as a very present experience as Elie captures the stream of events as they happen, including his inner thoughts and feelings.


  1. I always am drawn to these stories, the horror is always what simply makes it unbelievable. Thank you for your review.

  2. I read Night ages ago with my book club and thought it was extremely well written. I have also read quite a few other books on the same subject (to which I relate in my review). As Irene mentiones, we are drawn to these stories and even after so many books still cannot believe that sometihng like that was possible but I personally keep on reading because I don't want their catastrophes to be forgotten. Please, feel free to visit my page and have a look. I would love to talk about it.

    Marianne from Let's Read

  3. It's been years since I read this but it's stayed with me. It's very powerful.

  4. I think that this particular book is such a classic in terms of Holocaust books that it gets some readers expecting more than any book could deliver. It is well written and makes a very personal story into something that also speaks to the larger historical narrative.