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  • Paperback: 109 pages
  • Publisher: Hill & Wang Inc.,U.S.; Tra edition (21 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809023091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809023097
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.8 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A man seriously injured when hit by a car is taken to the hospital where a doctor, the woman who loves him, and his artist friend lead him to yearn for life rather than death.

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A book written from imagination and "make believe" to deceive the reader. "Common sense" alone and casual consideration of many of the of depicted incidents do not square with reality. I think it should be read like "Jack and the bean stork" .. well not quite! ... because such a serious subject should not be trivialised by people who want to exaggerate and create a REQUIRED image by taking advantage of a tragic event of war ... a war that was declared against Germany by the international Jewry in New York on the 23 March 1933 ... and then got someone else to fight the war!
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By Liz Murphy on 7 Dec. 2014
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An excellent follow up to Wiesel's Night.
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Great Contrast to Night 14 Sept. 2010
By Miami Bob - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book was originally entitled "The Accident" because it involves its main character's 10-week ordeal of attempting to recover after being hit by a taxi cab in New York City. The protagonist, Eliezer, battles death and life for 10 weeks.

Elie Wiesel describes the protagonist of this novel as the survivor who endured the world's worst war to be so emotionally scarred that he thinks "wouldn't suicide be as great a temptation as love or faith?" In the preface, he mentions how children of WW II were discovered in holes and other hiding places, and whose emancipation was not a moment of magnificence. Rather, their freedom from hiding ensued into a forced starvation and eventual death - as their minds or bodies cared not to live, although offered the opportunity for such.

Pessimism about life abounds. "Maybe God is dead, but man is alive . . . " his friend lectures him. But, he also understands that God must be alive as his grandmother sagely told him "God needs love, not understanding." And, so he tries to believe.

But, such beliefs are accompanied by torments. Like an LSD-plagued person of the 1970's, he is reminded too often of what he endured in the Holocaust to feel free and alive. When recovering, the doctor wants him to fight death - usually something which can be conjured by fear. This survivor, the doctor learns, is afraid of nothing. He has seen too much. A survivor has witnessed more than he wants others to know. Like a military veteran, Wiesel for years said nothing of the hardships - then he began to write about the same. Thank God.

And, while alive the protagonist must ask why fate has delivered him to life and survival while parents and millions received much less. He surmises that "fate offered him life and maybe happiness." But, the memories continue to haunt him. He glares out almost devoid of connection to present day mind. He does not feel happy. He wants to be lucid. But, "lucidity is fate's victory, not man's."

And, despite his haunting past, others had it worse. One is named Sarah - a girl who also survived the Holocaust, but unlike he, she was deprived all concepts of decency and her childhood with one action - sending her into prostitution of the German soldiers who liked 12-year old girls. As a boy of similar age, the protagonist assumingly starved and survived the horror. As a girl, Sarah starved and survived a most despicable horror. He calls her a saint - to which she retorts with disdain.

Although this novel does not deal directly with the Holocaust, it touches upon how the Holocaust affects lives years, even decades later.

As the healing progresses, he realizes that his life is full of pain. But, "suffering is given to the living, not the dead." Hence, suffering is not a bad thing, it is just something which comes with the gift of life.

Full of great metaphors, esteemed witticisms, and almost-prophetic sayings akin to Asia's Confucius, this book delivers much in its 128 pages.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
One Wrong Step 5 Jan. 2011
By Eric Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Wiesel's "Night" was a searing and honest account of enduring the concentration camps of World War II. It told of a young boy's will to survive, and the shame that came with that loss of innocence. "Dawn" was the next step, with a young man fighting for the survival of the Jews in Palestine, in the Holocaust's aftermath. It chronicled his ethical struggles in using violence to purchase freedom and life.

"Day" is the third step in this trilogy, and once again Wiesel writes with stark yet evocative sentences. This time, the young man is a little older and he is struggling with the acceptance of love with a wonderful woman. His struggle is accentuated by his time in a hospital bed, after taking a step onto a New York City street and being struck by a taxi. He thinks back through his sufferings, his relationships, his guilt, and his questions. This is the perfect time for us to see Wiesel's character come to grips with life, not glossing over the horrific things but moving beyond himself into a deeper care for others.

But that is not the case. Wiesel's character takes another wrong step, blaming God for every ill done by mankind, projecting man's weaknesses upon the God he had grown up learning about. What about the good he sees in others, though? What about the innocence and self-sacrifice? Should these, by the same measure, be credited to the Devil from the same Bible?

Wiesel's characters are rooted in the realities of the world, among the good and evil deeds done by people of all ages. He shows great care and compassion for his fellow human beings, and deservedly has won a Nobel Peace Prize for his writing. Sadly, though, I see no maturation in this chronology of storytelling. The characters are still wallowing in their shame, their past. Still blinded by despair. Still imprisoned by self-centeredness masquerading as survival instinct. Even when our main character makes a final selfless decision, it's only based on lies. I had hoped for something transcendent from one who has faced such suffering. Many other Holocaust survivors have come to terms with the world around them and given us examples of how to move beyond--people such as Corrie Ten Boom, in "The Hiding Place," and even Death, as a fictional character, in "The Book Thief. I only wish Wiesel could have better applied his great empathy and experience.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Deeply meditative, thought-provoking book 8 Feb. 2012
By AdamC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I had decided to read "Day" as its own entity and firstly, it accomplishes the fact that it can stand as its own and not just a continuation of a series. "Day" tells the story of a Holocaust survivor who is struck by a car and is sent to the hospital. The book narrates from the hospital bed through reflection, memory, and in the present. What works for me in this novel is that it's immediately challenging. Wiesel doesn't shy from making readers uncomfortable, rather he utilizes the remaining emotions from his experience in the Holocaust to ask prodding questions about life, death, humanity, suffering, and so on.

The overall message I took from "Day" was rather a question of whether or not someone can regain their humanity, their sense in the world, after going through such a tragedy. I think Wiesel is hopeful. I won't spoil the ending that lends to this idea but I believe he thinks life should be lived in the present. In other words, one can't live through the dead, nor through the past, because the dead are dead and the past is the past. Lamenting can help with the grieving, but life can move forward.

This isn't a plot-driven novel. If you're a reader who searches for that, than you may not appreciate "Day". And that's fine. I don't believe Wiesel is focused on pure entertainment. "Day" is a great book and provides excellent food-for-thought on the discussion of humanity.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Work sets you free 9 April 2013
By E. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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This novel demonstrates the depth of depravity that the human mind can achieve, when all laws of humanity are removed.If a person has ever traveled to Auswich, or Duachau, you can still see the foundations of the barracks, and the crematoriums, and wonder how the local populace could live there and not know what was happening.
Gut-Punching Emotion 30 Aug. 2014
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Wow. Though I hadn't read the previous books in this trilogy, it didn't seem to hurt the story, and I enjoyed it a lot.

Well, I don't know if <b>enjoy</b> is the right word. This book caused me great pain. Each time I saw the cover, a feeling of dread came over me, and my mind came up with ten other things I could be doing just then. I binged on it, then pushed it away, forcing starvation. I fretted and groaned over it. In the end, though, I couldn't stop reading it, and I come away feeling glad I picked it up.

The emotions in this story are so raw, and the experiences of the narrator are heart-breaking. I felt as if I was in the body cast with him; with him, I watched the horrors of that concentration camp and had my family, too, torn apart by war and time. All at once, I hated and loved the narrator.

I definitely recommend this book, and will be reading the previous two in the trilogy as soon as I can make time for them.
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