Night, by Elie Wiesel, 9/10 stars

     Religion, morality, and human emotion are all called into question as the novel Night unfolds creating a succession of tragedies too captivating to turn from. Night, by Elie Wiesel, is the captivating narrative of a young man’s journey through Auschwitz and how this experience shaped who he became as an adult. Over the course of this novel, as the main character grows from a boy to a man, his environment causes him to question all of his belief systems, including his morals, relationships, and religion. Throughout the book Wiesel is able to provide an exhausting torrent of emotion by constantly portraying the changes in his state of mind through bitter irony or metaphor. Night provides a chilling insight into the individualized impact the holocaust had on so many souls. This horrifying part of history is commonly studied in schools but this book adds a new gravity to those events by putting relatable faces to cold numbers. This novel was unlike anything I have read in the past, and for that reason I would rate it as a nine out of ten.  However, due to its mature subject matter, I would only recommend this novel to those that are old enough to appreciate it, those that are at least in seventh or eighth grade. For all of those who are old enough to read it, I would strongly recommend this book as a source of information about the holocaust, as well as universal philosophy.

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