Sunday, August 26, 2012

Book Club Review: Night

                                              Mrs Readalots bloggy Bookclub

Today is book club day.  

I have found that I am a fast reader and reading too quickly for one book club. So, I have linked up to be a part of Mrs. Readalots Bloggy Book Club.

Mrs. Readalot's Bloggy Book Club is online. Different bloggers host book club each month. The host blogger makes a book selection and participants can read that selection or any other selection. Then bloggers link up their review of the books they read.

This month's bloggy book club is hosted by Dear Future Me. Her theme is books that inspire you to travel or preserve history, so her selection is Night by Elie Wiesel.

I just finished reading Night by Elie Wiesel.

I have read several books about the Holocaust. I have watched many movies about The Holocaust.  I have even been to the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington DC.  It does not get any easier.

Night is an autobiography. The story is the author's account of his time in concentrations camps. He entered with his entire family and by chance was the sole survivor. It is not a long book. But I understand it is part one of a trilogy. Wiesel was honest, painfully so. Yes, described his eviction from his home, riding the cattle trains to the camps, his first time in the camp, the hunger, the deprivation, the Selections, the showers, the furnaces  and the loss. But he was also honest about his loss of faith and for turning his back on God. He is honest about how callous he became to the death and dying around him. But he is also honest about the never ending guilt he has for letting his father die calling out to him and letting those calls go unanswered.

Wiesel was quoted as saying, "To forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time." I shall never forget.  Thank you, Stacey for the selection.


  1. I've just ordered the trilogy from the library and look forward to reading them.thanks for your review - and for linking up

  2. Hi Pamela, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  3. I have read that book. The kids had to read it in high school. Very good and very sad too.