Night

by Elie Wiesel

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Night invigorates the soul and will make the reader ponder about their way of life. How and why did the holocaust happen? See what happened as you read the short memoir of a young boy who came of age through a dark, depressing, and evil time.

Night resembles the darkness that the boy had experienced through the worst of times

"Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed....Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never." Chapter 3, pg. 32

Coming of Age

Night gives us a look at the horrors behind the mass murdering during World War Two. Throughout the book, Eliezer believes that his God had disbanded him and his people. He had lost hope and had accepted death. But he had the will to keep going and stay alive. He would have never have been able to live through it all if he had stayed the 15 year old that he was. Saying that he was 18 let him live at the time when they were separating everyone. And that got him with the men in Auschwitz. That group of men molded him into the adult that he would become at the end of the book.

Reading this book will open your eyes, you'll have a new outlook on life!

Summary

The book Night closely follows the normal life of a 15 year old Jewish scholar named Elie Wiesel. Set in 1940's Jewish Transylvania, people should have been worried about the Nazi force taking them away to concentration camps. That eventually happened and Elie and his family were packed into cattle cars and shipped to an unknown location. After a few long days on the cars with little food and sleep they had finally come to a stop, at Auschwitz. Family's start to separate and amid all the confusion. For awhile, they stay at the camp then they have to move camps during the cold wintertime while malnourished and weak. Will Elie be able to withstand these harsh conditions?

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