Listen, I’m going to teach you the art of distinguishing between day and night. Always look at your window, and failing that look into the eyes of a man. If you see a face, any face then you can be sure that night has succeeded day. For, believe me, night has a face.
Elie Wiesel, hailed as one of the most important jew in history, a holocaust survivor and an author of numerous books. In light of his recent death and a recommendation from Mayim Bailik, i decided to purchase a particular trilogy of his. I just finished reading this short novel (81 pages). I had previously read his book Night, but will not go into detail on that in this post, this post will be about Dawn. This is the second in the trilogy (Night, Dawn & Day).
First and foremost, i dont completely get why its a trilogy. The first book Night was actually a memoir or a deposition, according to Wiesel, while the rest were actually fiction novels. Yes, they do have the same theme regarding different facets on the aftermath of the holocaust. I guess its just not your conventional trilogy types. SO, about the book…
SUMMARY: Elisha, a holocaust survivor, was recruited by the resistance to fight the good fight of driving the english, their enemy, out of palestine. When a fellow Jewish combatant is marked for execution at dawn, Elisha is tasked with the execution of an english man in retaliation. The book thoroughly explores Elisha’s thoughts leading up to the collateral deaths.
NOTE: This book wasn’t so much a story but almost kinda like a person making an entry in his diary about what happened today and how he felt about it.
I found it extremely riveting, Wiesel did a fantastic job of painting very vividly and uniquely of one’s emotions and thought process leading up to the execution. I can see why he wanted to write this book, cause like all storytellers, he wanted to explore deeper & further, but instead of a fictional character, he used himself instead, Elie Wiesel.
I am so glad he did too, the tragedy that he has seen and faced, is not one that people would consider relatable. In fact only a handful ever lived to tell the tale. Spawning from one of the most significant events in history, NO FICTIONAL CHARACTER COULD BE BETTER and it would be a huge waste if he hadn’t extended his thoughts, and thought about the different direction his morality and humanity could have gone.
In the book, leading up to the death of the british captive, it was horrifying how Elisha did not even let a dying man finish his words before shooting him dead. Poor boy, indeed.