Good. Also recommended- The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski, Times Arrow and Zone of Interest by Martin Amis, Mother Night, Bluebeard, Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. Just a few off the top of my head. Although one will find the books I've recommended in the fiction section I believe this to be categorized under autobiographies like the Diary of Anne Frank. It's interesting that subject categorization is often not mentioned. How does one even find the book on a shelf if they are searching in the wrong section? As in; the college student who said I must read this wasn't aware this wasn't a work of fiction. More of a memoir. Or it's a translation from Yiddish to French to English and that this is its second translation. Or how about the fact that this is the first book in a trilogy, Night, Dawn, Day. I'm not a fan of translations or nonfiction so this is definitely an exception of a book. Plus it's easily read in three or four hours. I will never pay a 'Professor' of any academic institution to 'teach' me. But some will never read but what others they've paid to require them to read in order to gain the requirements for their academic certification but will only learn what they are taught and nothing else. This is why people with an expensive education are the most boring especially if they have a degree in art, philosophy, or English because the think they are superior for institutionalized dogma.
A short book, but a book so full of imagery that turned my stomach and gave me new insight into the horrors of the holocaust. Until I read this book, I did not know how strong the human body could be and how much it could withstand. Until I read this book, I also did not know how strong the power of the human spirit could be.
This story is a story that has humbled me and has helped me to re-evaluate the things that important to me, in my life.
One of the best books I have ever read! This book was a defining book in my life. I read it while I was in high school, and I've read it again as an adult--and I never re-read books!
Wiesel incorporates elements of the 'madman' and the 'beggar' from Hasidic legend in this and many of his later novels. But this is the book that deals directly with his own experience in the Holocaust and its impact on the relationship with his father. This is told in the most tender and senstive terms making Wiesel the most important writer on Holocaust experience.
If you like this I cannot recommend highly enough his later novels particularly 'A beggar in Jerusalem', 'The Town beyond the Wall', 'Gates of the Forest', 'the Fifth Son' and'Twilight'. His novels on Hasidic legend 'Souls on fire', 'Legends of our Time', 'Messengers of God' and 'Four Hasidic Masters' are well worth reading as an examination of Hasidic masters and legends in Eastern Europe before Hitler wiped this people and culture out of existence.
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