Teen Review: Night / by Elie Wiesel PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 February 2013 00:00

alt Night is an enticing book about a boy called Elie who is 12 years old. Having grown up in a little town called Sighet in Transylvania, Elie is a studious, deeply religious boy with a loving family consisting of his parents and three sisters. After a year, the Germans begin setting up ghettos around the area. They are sent in horrifying train cars with 8 people in each. He is separated from his mom and sister. After arriving at the camp and seeing the horrible things that were happening, his nightmares start. The German soldiers take Elie and the others through the concentration camp processing. He is given the number A-7713. His dad is beaten to weakness over a loaf of bread and after a while, Elie starts to only care about his own survival. At the end of camp, out of 100, only a dozen survive. Finally, the American tanks arrive, ruining Hitler's plan to exterminate all Jews. After all Elie has been through he survives. As Elie recuperates in a hospital, he looks into a mirror and sees a corpse gazing back at him.

Not only is this book very interesting, it is memorable. You will never forget what poor Elie has been through and seen. I thought the author did his very best painting a picture in my head. Night has made me realize the horrors of what humans, like Hitler, can do to other humans. Night is a brilliant book because it gave me a full look on what has happened not so many years ago. Word by word the book kept on bringing me deeper and deeper into what happens to Elie. This book is so important because it explains something that happened once, but could happen again.
Almost reaching the end of the story, the author finishes with Elie's reaction to himself by writing, "I wanted to see myself in the mirror hanging on the opposite wall. I had not seen myself since the ghetto. From the depths of the mirror, a corpse gazed back at me. The look in his eyes, as they stared into mine, has never left me."
By saying this it left me in a state of disbelief. I have never read a more powerful ending.

(Isabelle, ETHS) 

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