"Not since Albert Camus has there been such an eloquent spokesman for man." --The New York Times Book ReviewThe publication of Day restores Elie...more
"Not since Albert Camus has there been such an eloquent spokesman for man." --The New York Times Book ReviewThe publication of Day restores Elie Wiesel’s original title to the novel initially published in English as The Accident and clearly establishes it as the powerful conclusion to the author’s classic trilogy of Holocaust literature, which includes his memoir Night and novel Dawn. “In Night it is the ‘I’ who speaks,” writes Wiesel. “In the other two, it is the ‘I’ who listens and questions.”In its opening paragraphs, a successful journalist and Holocaust survivor steps off a New York City curb and into the path of an oncoming taxi. Consequently, most of Wiesel’s masterful portrayal of one man’s exploration of the historical tragedy that befell him, his family, and his people transpires in the thoughts, daydreams, and memories of the novel’s narrator. Torn between choosing life or death, Day again and again returns to the guiding questions that inform Wiesel’s trilogy: the meaning and worth of surviving the annihilation of a race, the effects of the Holocaust upon the modern character of the Jewish people, and the loss of one’s religious faith in the face of mass murder and human extermination. less
It feels in each page he curses God for the world's and his own pain and injustice wroth. What breaks my heart is not just his utter loss of faith, but that with his gift of words, he is able to build such a beautuful melancholy house on a foundation of despair.
Despite being a standalone book, a person should really read the memoir Night and the novel Dawn before reading this. Without them you won't fully appreciate the emotions that the author is trying to portray.