Yesterday I read the famous book Night by Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. I found it to be profoundly disturbing and just about as sad as any book I have ever read. Mr. Wiesel tells the story of his imprisonment in the concentration camp Auschwitz during 1944-1945. The situation this 15 year old boy found himself in was cruel and horrendous. He shows the numbness caused by such hatred and cruelty and the hopelessness of a world without love. The only thread of hope they clung to was the love they, (Elie and his father) had for one another.
My heart broke when I read lines like these...
"men to the left, women to the right." Eight words spoken quietly, indifferently, without emotion. Eight short, simple words. Yet that was the moment when I parted from my mother."
"Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed....Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never."
It is extremely well written. I was riveted to the pages and finished the 120 page book in 2 hours. I give the book 5 stars out 5 and would probably include it into my top 10 favorite books of all time.