The Night Trilogy

The Night Trilogy

Book - 1988
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Baker & Taylor
Three novels deal with a concentration camp survivor, a hostage holder in Palestine, and a recovering accident victim

McMillan Palgrave
Night is one of the masterpieces of Holocaust literature. First published in 1960, it is the autobiographical account of an adolescent boy and his father in Auschwitz. Wiesel writes of their battle for survival, and of his battle with God for a way to understand the wanton cruelty he witnesses each day.

In the short novel Dawn (1961), a young man who has survived the Second World War and settled in Palestine is apprenticed to a Jewish terrorist gang. Command to execute a British officer who has been taken hostage, the former victim becomes an executioner.

In The Accident, (1962), Wiesel again turns to fiction to question the limits of the spirit and the self: Can Holocaust survivors forge a new life without the memories of the old? As the author writes in his introduction, "In Night it is the 'I' who speaks; in the other two [narratives], it is the 'I' who listens and questions."

Wiesel's trilogy offers meditations on mankind's attraction to violence and on temptation of self-destruction.

A Hill & Wang Teacher's Guide is available for this title.


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Night is one of the masterpieces of Holocaust literature. First published in 1960, it is the autobiographical account of an adolescent boy and his father in Auschwitz. Wiesel writes of their battle for survival, and of his battle with God for a way to understand the wanton cruelty he witnesses each day.

In the short novel Dawn (1961), a young man who has survived the Second World War and settled in Palestine is apprenticed to a Jewish terrorist gang. Command to execute a British officer who has been taken hostage, the former victim becomes an executioner.

In The Accident, (1962), Wiesel again turns to fiction to question the limits of the spirit and the self: Can Holocaust survivors forge a new life without the memories of the old? As the author writes in his introduction, "In Night it is the 'I' who speaks; in the other two [narratives], it is the 'I' who listens and questions."

Wiesel's trilogy offers meditations on mankind's attraction to violence and on temptation of self-destruction.

A Hill & Wang Teacher's Guide is available for this title.
Night is one of the masterpieces of Holocaust literature. First published in 1960, it is the autobiographical account of an adolescent boy and his father in Auschwitz. Wiesel writes of their battle for survival, and of his battle with God for a way to understand the wanton cruelty he witnesses each day.

In the short novel Dawn (1961), a young man who has survived the Second World War and settled in Palestine is apprenticed to a Jewish terrorist gang. Command to execute a British officer who has been taken hostage, the former victim becomes an executioner.

In The Accident, (1962), Wiesel again turns to fiction to question the limits of the spirit and the self: Can Holocaust survivors forge a new life without the memories of the old? As the author writes in his introduction, "In Night it is the 'I' who speaks; in the other two [narratives], it is the 'I' who listens and questions."

Wiesel's trilogy offers meditations on mankind's attraction to violence and on temptation of self-destruction.

A Hill & Wang Teacher's Guide is available for this title.


Publisher: New York : Noonday Press, 1988, c1985
ISBN: 9780374521400
0374521409
Characteristics: 317 p. ; 21 cm

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csrestall
Dec 06, 2017

Sexual Content: minor sex scene

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Dec 06, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Execution/murder/holocaust

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Violence: Holocaust

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csrestall
Dec 06, 2017

This novel is a trilogy published in one edition. It contains Night, a story of a young Jewish boy during the Holocaust. His family is killed in the concentration camps and he himself barely makes it. It is a terribly sad story and the author's most famous work, for which he won the Nobel Prize. The second story is Dawn, which deals with the same young man who has now moved to Palestine after the war to support the formation of the country of Israel. He is charged with the assassination of a British soldier at dawn, in retaliation for the assassination of a Jewish man in England. It details his crisis of concience before carrying out the deed. It was quite interesting. The third story I found the least engaging deals with the boy who has now become a man, and his crisis of self after he has been hit by a car and almost dies. It is the most drawn out and least exciting of the three. Over all it was enjoyable and definitely worth the read.

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Jul 08, 2017

Really good. Highly recommended for the continuation of the Night memoir. Dawn and Day are total fiction. They are people in extreme situations. Murdering political hostages and getting in car accidents from the point of view of someone who's been among the worst suffering in human existence. Wiesel often is sentimental but likes to flip things on their head and had me laughing out loud while reading

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Dec 06, 2017

Night
A boy and his family are caught up in the holocaust and are taken by train to a concentration camp. The boys and girls are split. The boy Elizer never sees his mother or sister again. He remains with his father as they suffer many horror at the hands of the Nazis. His father eventually succumbs to dysentary before being liberated. Elizer almost succumbs but is saved due to having an injured foot and being deserted before being liberated.
Dawn
The same boy is older and the war has ended. He is unsure what to do with his life so he moves to Palestine to support the creation of Israel. He gets caught up in the fighting and is nominated to execute a British soldier who is a hostage, in retaliation for the assassination of a Jewish man. The story deals with his crisis of concious before commiting murder.
Day.
The boy now a grown man lives in NY city. He is out with his girlfriend when he is hit by a taxi. He almost dies and comes back from the brink of death. The story deals once again with his crisis of concience and losing the will to fight for life. It is finally revealed at the end that he saw the taxi coming and did not bother to get out of the way.

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