Thursday, October 10, 2013
Night by Elie Wiesel
Night A terrifying account of the Nazi death camp horror that turns a young Jewish boy into an agonized witness to the death of his family...the death of his innocence...and the death of his God. Penetrating and powerful, as personal as The Diary Of Anne Frank, Night awakens the shocking memory of evil at its absolute and carries with it the unforgettable message that this horror must never be allowed to happen again
What a powerful book. Short, sharp and to the point. No over-dramatisation, no made for movie dramatic storyline, just one boys account of his time in Auschwitz and Buchenwald.
The author won the Nobel Peace prize (not sure what for yet) and this book is one of the best I have read about the concentration camps of World War II.
He does not try to make a hero of himself, in fact, he choses to point out the times when he was a coward and did not stand up for his father and fellow man.
He does not waste a single word on unnecessary scene setting or descriptions. 115 pages that you read in one go barely taking a breath.