The Bottom Line
- Honest, firsthand account
- Accessible - A short volume with clear writing
- Important - A story the world needs to remember
- Heavy content - Not beach reading
- A teenage boy ripped from his home by Nazis
- A faithful Jew whose God dies in a Nazi death camp
- A true story that we would rather not think about, but need to hear and remember
Guide Review - Night by Elie Wiesel
Night is not, however, primarily about making the reader sad or dwelling on the past. It is about remembering. Wiesel wrote his memoir so that we would remember what happened and remember what civilized humans are capable of.
Part of me wants this book to do more than remember. I am disturbed by the fact that Wiesel never returns to hope or faith. He raises big questions about humanity and suffering, but the book never points toward a meaningful answer. I want redemption, or at least some hint of light.
But Wiesel did not experience light, and Night will not let the reader pretend the Holocaust was anything other than what it was. Wiesel tells the complete truth about his experience, and the reader is left with hard questions.
Remembering, however, is not a fruitless task. We remember so that we can tackle the big questions honestly and so we can change. We remember because Rwanda and Darfur prove the lessons of the Holocaust still need to be learned. We may not want to remember, but we should. So, read.