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The Night Trilogy: Night, Dawn, Day

The Night Trilogy: Night, Dawn, Day

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by Elie Wiesel

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Night is one of the masterpieces of Holocaust literature. First published in 1958, it is the autobiographical account of an adolescent boy and his father in Auschwitz. Elie Wiesel writes of their battle for survival and of his battle with God for a way to understand the wanton cruelty he witnesses each day. In the short novel Dawn (1960)


Night is one of the masterpieces of Holocaust literature. First published in 1958, it is the autobiographical account of an adolescent boy and his father in Auschwitz. Elie Wiesel writes of their battle for survival and of his battle with God for a way to understand the wanton cruelty he witnesses each day. In the short novel Dawn (1960), a young man who has survived World War II and settled in Palestine joins a Jewish underground movement and is commanded to execute a British officer who has been taken hostage. In Day (previously titled The Accident, 1961), Wiesel questions the limits of conscience: Can Holocaust survivors forge a new life despite their memories? Wiesel's trilogy offers insights on mankind's attraction to violence and on the temptation of self-destruction.

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“A slim volume of terrifying power.” —The New York Times

“Required reading for all humanity.” —Oprah Winfrey

“Wiesel has taken his own anguish and imaginatively metamorphosed it into art.” —Curt Leviant, Saturday Review

“To the best of my knowledge no one . . . has left behind him so moving a record.” —Alfred Kazin, The Reporter

“What makes this book so chilling is not the pretense of what happened but a very real description of every thought, fear and the apathetic attitude demonstrated as a response . . . Night, Wiesel's autobiographical masterpiece, is a heartbreaking memoir. Wiesel has taken his painful memories and channeled them into an amazing document which chronicles his most intense emotions every step along the way.” —Jose Del Real, Anchorage Daily News

“As a human document, Night is almost unbearably painful, and certainly beyond criticism.” —A. Alvarez, Commentary

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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5.49(w) x 8.17(h) x 0.94(d)
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14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Elie Wiesel (1928-2016) is the author of more than fifty books, including Night, his harrowing account of his experiences in Nazi concentration camps. The book, first published in 1955, was selected for Oprah's Book Club in 2006, and continues to be an important reminder of man's capacity for inhumanity. Wiesel was Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and lived with his family in New York City. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.

Brief Biography

New York, New York
Date of Birth:
September 30, 1928
Place of Birth:
Sighet, Romania
La Sorbonne

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Night Trilogy 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing.  I loved all the detail and heart put into it. This is a must-read. I recently read all three stories for school. Beautiful story. You feel the emotion with the characters. Night was overall my favorite book. Dawn was okay. Day was good but a bit confusing with all the flash backs. Overall an amazing 3 books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read!
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These books, in my opinion, were very intriguing, had great detail, and always left me thinking. I think that Elie Wiesel really takes the reader on a journey through his childhood and later life. What made the books more interesting was that you could see him changing from the beginning with his house, being moved in the ghetto, to when he arrives at the camp, even after he is already liberated from the concentration camp. These short novels definitely made me think in a different, deep and more personal, perspective of the Holocaust. Night, by Elie Wiesel, was a very honest book and not very sugar coated. In all honesty, I enjoyed Night more than Day because it was less confusing and had more direct experiences in the concentration camps. In the case of this book, I thought that was good because it truly showed the feelings and emotions. Some would say that these books are “powerful, unforgettable, and educational book about the Holocaust, human beings and faith in God” which I completely agree with. One thing that I did like about these stories was that there were two separate books because it gave me a short break in between reading and it was a little bit of a change. There are not many cons that I can really find in these books. One thing that wasn’t pleasing about these books were that they were very sad although it is inevitable—being a Holocaust story. The only other con that I found was that by the end of “Day”, there is really no complete ending since Elie Wiesel, the author, is still alive. This left an unsatisfying feeling. Overall, these two novels were great and I would recommend them to anyone and everyone. They are great to help one’s understanding of the Holocaust and the importance of it in our history. They also talk about the struggle that these victims had with their life, loves, and even the doubt in their religion. These books were very well written and I very much enjoyed them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books are a heart wrenching true story, and they really get the reader sucked in and involved. I would recommend these books to absolutely anyone. I've read these books when I was in 6th grade. At that time, my English teacher snatched the book away from me and told me the Holocaust was a myth. We must always remember and never forget the awful tragedies that happened. I was young but smart enough to ignore my teacher with his ignorance. These books are a great start for anyone wanting to learn about the Holocaust.
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casual More than 1 year ago
If you are going to only read one book this year, read this. I read it in one sitting. Three of the best short books ever written.
Tikarahmawati More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading Night and Day by Elie Wiesel. Honestly, I like Night more than the other because the way Elie writes is so vivid I can picture everything he went through in my head. Night was filled with suspense and foreshadowing, he’s almost teasing you every chapter. You will not want to put the book down after reading the first few pages. His book gives you this curiosity that forces you to read everything; this book definitely does not have any boring parts. It will literally take you through an emotional roller coaster, first you’re sad then you’re surprised then you’re disturbed then you’re sad again then you’ll cry, then when you get to end you feel numb because it’s so heartbreaking that someone so innocent has to go through all that. You get a sense of shock also, that halfway around the world no one knew what Hitler was doing until the Americans came to liberate Germany. Day on the other hand, was a little bit more boring. It was more like a daily journal than a book to me. I personally didn’t like those types of books, it got more interesting as you read on, but it was very hard to get into. The curiosity kicks in, so you can’t help but find out what happens to Elie in the end. Overall, I’m satisfied with these two books and do not regret reading them for my report. I would recommended this book to someone who loves reading or learning about the Holocaust, its shows a very different point of view of what happened. Even if Elie was only twelve when he first experienced the nightmare, I still recommend this book to a High School student because students can relate by age and teach them to never lose hope. That hope and sanity never leave, even if you think your life is in ruins, time will heal everything and it will get better.
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The three condemned prisoners together stepped onto the chairs. In unison the nooses were placed around their necks. "Long live liberty!" Shouted the two men. But the boy was silent. "Where is merciful God, where is He?" Someone behind me was asking. At the signal, the three chairs were tipped over. Total silence in the camp, on the horizon, the sun was setting. "Caps off!" Screamed the Lagerälteste. He's voice quivered. As for the rest of us, we were weeping. "Cover your heads!" Then came the march past the victims. The two men were no longer alive. Their tongues were hanging out, swollen and bluish. But the third rope was still moving: the child, too light was still breathing. Behind me, I heard the same man asking: "For God's sake, where is God?" And from within me, I heard a voice answer: "Where He is? This is where - hanging here from this gallows;." (The Night Trilogy - 'Night' page 83.) The first book in The Night Trilogy - 'Night' published in 1958 recalls the first hand story of the author, Elie Wiesel, depicting his experience as a Jew during the Holocaust. As you can see this book is definitely not for the faint of heart, but for the one who seeks a real, factual based novel that will make your emotions sway as if you were to relive the suffering. It all starts off with the author a young child living in a regular Jewish community, studying the bible, and having a father very involved in the church. As time progresses this small town hears rumors of the Nazi invasion, but they never believe that anything would happen to them, of course, until the real thing actually comes. At first they are just moved from ghetto to ghetto and come to face the fact that relocating is the new way of life, but when the good and simple lifestyle ends and struggle, separation, neglect, conflict, heartache, and abuse take precedence the once young boy is forced to grow way beyond his age. He discovers the cruelty and hatred side of life and is ultimately forced to choose between life, faith, and love. In reading this book you will discover the truth of the Holocaust through the eyes of a young boy who saw it as reality. In the end will young Elie give up hope or will he be strong enough to survive? Does love really matter or will he get pushed to the choice? What would you do?
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This piece of literature may be a harsh reminder to some of the struggles in the Hollacaust. However, this book is written so detailed, descriptively, and positively. Through this young boys struggle, he and others still find hope. Beautiful.
Cougar_H More than 1 year ago
How much genocide did you witness this year? How many factories of death did you see yesterday? Elie Wiesel's life is riddled with these horrors. He went through the worst worldwide genocide of the Jews in world history, the Holocaust. Through this he became an author and his first book, Night, describes his experiences of the Holocaust. Night is a beautiful representation of poetic history describing the horrid experiences of his in 1944-1945. Imagine yourself in Palestine. Your name is Elizer and you came from the German concentration camps. You are trying to overthrow the British rule and establish the state of Israel. Your friend is captured and he is to be killed at dawn. The leader commands you to execute a British officer at dawn. Welcome to Dawn, Elie Wiesel's second book. He could have been Elizer, but of course, this is a fictional work showing the amazing strength of Elie Wiesel's writing and passion for this period in history. If you were Elizer, what would you do? Here's a query: Was Elie Wiesel in an accident. Well, of course he was! He was in a car accident in New York when he was run over by a cab. This is why the first version of his book, Day, was titled in French, The Accident. This book represents a portion of his life where he was in-between life and death and having trouble deciding whether he wanted to live or die. With themes of suicide, life and death Mr. Wiesel takes the reader through events one can experience that makes you what you are today. The Trilogy of Night, Dawn and Day has many messages surrounding, 'Life or death', 'to care or not', and 'the meaning of life'. I believe that the most prevalent message is what to believe in after there is distress in your life. I don't recommend this book for those people to pick off the shelf one day and read it because they want a casual read, but to those who want to navigate the meanings of life, and anyone who is interested about the Holocaust.
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I've always been intersted in the Holocaust. Since he lived through it and documented his actual experiences, I learned things I have never read or heard before. Since I am jewish and have family members who perished during the Holocaust, this book allowed me to realize things that actually happened to them that movies and other fictional novels can't tell you. I have read this book three times and will continue reading it throughout my life. Excellent Book!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was beautifully written and so chilling at the same time. I cried, as I have never before because I was so moved by his story and the atrocities he suffered. I strongly reccommend it.