Nigh by Elie Wiesel 9/10

Night by Elie Wiesel is a terrific autobiography that recounts Wiesel horrific times inside concentration camps during World War II. This book is not like any other Holocaust autobiography written before, Wiesel provides more in depth looks at the mental toll the concentration had on the prisoners. He centers the book primarily on the death of his God and how the Nazi’s stripped away his ability to ever see good in the world. Wiesel is taken away with his father in the Spring of 1944. He spends part of the book in a train car being transported across the German countryside until he reaches Auschwitz. Wiesel quickly learns that life will change rapidly for himself and his father as they enter the gates of the concentration camp. He is then transferred to Buchenwald where he is ultimately liberated in the end of the novel. Throughout the book Wiesel continuously shows the deterioration of humanity in himself and others as he recounts his time at these concentration camps. Wiesel studies the dramatic changes that occur in the parent-child relationship inside of concentration camps. I recommend this book to anyone who wishes to see a new and scarier look at life inside of concentration camps. Wiesel’s novel will leave you pandering different life long questions for weeks to come. I suggest to anyone who reads this to read it twice, you will discover different connections in the book that will open new doors to different thoughts. With a combination of his amazing choice of words and the incredible metaphors, this book is one you will never forget.


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