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If you're expecting a historical account of the holocaust, which is what is being sold to you, you'll be disappointed.
on 3 February 2017
I was really excited about reading this following reviews that called this the most important literary work of the 20th century. The foreward almost had me in tears, and then I read the book. Nothing. The back of the book says this
"Born into a Jewish ghetto in Hungary, as a child, Elie Wiesel was sent to the Nazi concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald. This is his account of that atrocity: the ever-increasing horrors he endured, the loss of his family and his struggle to survive in a world that stripped him of humanity, dignity and faith. Describing in simple terms the tragic murder of a people from a survivor’s perspective, Night is among the most personal, intimate and poignant of all accounts of the Holocaust. "
The key elements of this paragraph for those thinking about buying this book would be...."This is HIS account" , "the most PERSONAL, intimate and poignant of all ACCOUNTS"
However, some people are saying it's written as a work of fiction. Well, it's not presented that way before you buy it! It's certainly written as a novel and in so doing Wiesel has had to embellish the language to include his thoughts and the thoughts of others as well as things he couldn't have known. Written in this way it took away any power that it might have had to move me. When I'm reading history I prefer not to read it in novel form. That's just me. So my review really is based on the fact that this book is being mis-sold. Either it is his account or it isn't or it's based on his account. Whichever it is, needs to be clearly defined not just to help people when buying it but also so that you don't spend the first half of the book wondering how a 15 year old boy could know so much, be so insightful and remember his every thought while in the camp. Going to look at a few of the books others have recommended as being a more straight forward biographical account of the holocaust.