Monday, 22 August 2016

"Night" by Elie Weisel

   Elie Weisel (1928-2016) was  a survivor from the holocaust, who wrote 57 books during his life.  He wrote in order to come to terms with his horrendous life experiences. He also was working to promote peace.  He was a professor at Boston University and won the Nobel Prize in 1986.
  This book is his best known and most powerful.

   As with many memoirs, there is concern about the truth of the novel.   However, the book has been through many translations and there may be some errors in translation.  That makes no difference to me.   I read memoirs for the emotions more than the small details.  And it appears that his experience was similar to many other Jews in that time period.  And we need to learn from those experiences.
  I bought this book ten years ago when Oprah chose it for her book club. It has been sitting in a bin of books  that I hope to read some day.....
  Here is a picture of Elie with U.S. President Obama.
   And this book is on the list of the best 75 book of the last 75 years.

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