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Dawn [Paperback]

Elie Wiesel , F. Frenaye
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  • Paperback: 81 pages
  • Publisher: Hill & Wang Inc.,U.S.; Pbk. Ed edition (21 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809037726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809037728
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 14.2 x 0.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 250,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Deals with the conflicts and thoughts of a young Jewish concentration-camp veteran as he prepares to assassinate a British hostage in occupied Palestine.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Nightmares and Nowhere 20 Mar 2011
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Rarely has a such a short novel made me think as much as this one, usually its the 500 page sledgehammer that creeps into your dreams as you absorb it over a few weeks, in barely 80 pages Elie Wiesel burrows into the subconcious,into the darkest part of the soul.

The setting is Palestine, 1947ish, the brits are still running the mandate. Palestine is home to thousands of holocaust survivors from all over Europe,desperate people who have seen death and the lowest points of the human experience. Cultured souls from the Jewish disapora, who have seen their pre-war world shattered, they fight for what they believe. A young fighter has been asked to execute a british soldier.....he will have to kill him at dawn...

Wiesel looks hard at the mindset of the group of young Jewish fighters against british occupation gathered in a house near Tel Aviv, their motivations for the violence they are inflicting on the occupiers.

Try to picture these young,idealistic ruthless fighters, then compare them to the Palestinians of today, the idealistic,ruthless Hamas fighters in Gaza....there isnt much difference at all.

This is certainly a bleak novel. Wiesel survived the death camps as a teenager, he saw hell on earth, this novel is set far from Europe but the hell of the camps is in every sentence....unspoken.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 21 Dec 2013
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What can I say that others have not, please read this book, it is simply a great read, and it is brilliantly written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent thinking book & totally different from Night 30 April 2008
By Shi-doh! - Published on Amazon.com
First off, this is not Night 2. I naively expected that when publisher's try to frame them as part of a 'trilogy'. Night is absolutely and without bar one of the most fantastic books I have read in my life.

This is not just another chapter of that. And it is not a sequel. It is an incredibly profound, and beautifully written meditation on the journey of many Holocaust survivors -- but not his. This is a work of complete fiction. Many survivors went to Palestine, and fought the British (not the Arabs) to kick them out and thus be able to establish a free Jewish state.

It is the story of a fictional Elishah (who has remarkably similar childhood and Holocaust experiences to those of Wiesel) who becomes one of these freedom fighters, and is ordered to execute a British officer in retaliation for their hanging one of the rebels. It is an account of the night that Elishah passes, knowing he has to become a murderer in the morning, and all of his internal struggles with that. In a particularly powerful lead up to the end, he realizes the power of hatred, how without hatred, terrorist groups like theirs, and indeed any violence against others is almost impossible. He notes how nations are so adept at teaching their people to hate, and even comes to the point of trying to make himself hate this stranger in order to be able to follow his orders.

EXTREMELY powerful and evocative.

One word of caution -- there is almost no action here. This is a thinking book. If you are not up to the mental effort to think and feel along with him, you will not like it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Angsty and intense 18 Dec 2011
By Ash Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
Very well written...almost Dostoevskian, with a similar sort of religious existentialism. Wiesel makes the best argument I've ever heard for the so-called "cycle of violence"---but unfortunately, it's equivocal. The plot involves a distinction between cold-blooded acts of violence and those committed in the heat of the moment, but the theme depends on ignoring not only this distinction but any distinctions among any uses of force whatsoever (most significantly between an aggressor's initiation of force and the victim's retaliatory use of force in self-defense). Still, the story is very suspenseful and makes an excellent read. Three and a half stars.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dawn by Elie Wiesel 10 July 2009
By Burdett Wantland - Published on Amazon.com
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I tried to use this book in a philosophy of religion course I taught years ago. The students and professor became so emotional at times that we had difficulty making any headway. The lesson we learned: weep.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, but still has it's moments 20 Sep 2007
By Paul A. - Published on Amazon.com
This book would have been better served as short story in an anthology. I thought there was too much padding in order to make this a "short novel". Even as a short novel, "Dawn" barely exceeds 80 pages.

To address the content of the story, the main theme is the futility of the cycle of violence and reprisal. The narrator is assigned to execute a hostage in a nationalistic conflict. The story illustrates the narrator's internal moral stuggle in carrying out his task. There are some flashbacks to the narrator's youth, which I thought used some mixed metaphors and didn't contribute much to the story. But nevertheless, these are largely interpretive to the reader.

Certainly not as good as Night, and probably some of Wiesel's other works. But someone interested in reading more Wiesel might find some value in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Profoundly Inisghtful Work on the Jewish Experience 16 Oct 2011
By Parallax - Published on Amazon.com
Dawn is one of the most profound novels I've ever read. In its 80 pages, Wiesel explains the transformation of the Jewish people as a result of the tragedy of the Holocaust. The main character, Elijah, is a deeply sensitive young man, a death camp survivor, completely alone in the world, his entire universe having been snuffed out. Drifting aimlessly and alone after the War, a man shows up at his door one evening at dusk and speaks to him all through the night, asking him not only to give up his life for a cause, but to offer up his soul as well. This man asks him to sacrifice everything he's ever known, every value he's ever held dear, every spiritual teaching he's ever received. The boy was exposed to profound Talmudic teachings in his Eastern European village. He was grounded in a deeply ethical world view. He was taught, for instance, that it's far better to die than to kill unjustly. Now his rabbi, his teachers and all his relatives are gone. This man tells him that such thinking led directly to the destruction of Europe's Jews. He says that the Jews, like every other people, must take a homeland for themselves -- even if doing so victimizes others; otherwise their children will forever be weak and persecuted. By dawn, Elijah pledges everything he still has, his life and his soul, for the cause of Zionism.

Throughout the book, Wiesel offers up the main character's inner struggle. His experience of killing unjustly, of becoming a killer, of giving up his ideals. Ultimately, he must look directly into the eyes of his victim and dispatch not only his "enemy," a man for whom he feels sincere but unwanted empathy, but also (in carrying out the sentence) the deepest parts of himself.
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