Dawn

Elie Wiesel Frances Frenaye

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Dawn Elisha is a young Jewish man a Holocaust survivor and an Israeli freedom fighter in British controlled Palestine John Dawson is the captured English officer he will murder at dawn in retribution for

  • Title: Dawn
  • Author: Elie Wiesel Frances Frenaye
  • ISBN: 9780809037728
  • Page: 360
  • Format: Paperback
  • Elisha is a young Jewish man, a Holocaust survivor, and an Israeli freedom fighter in British controlled Palestine John Dawson is the captured English officer he will murder at dawn in retribution for the British execution of a fellow freedom fighter The night long wait for morning and death provides Dawn, Elie Wiesel s ever timely novel, with its harrowingly taut,Elisha is a young Jewish man, a Holocaust survivor, and an Israeli freedom fighter in British controlled Palestine John Dawson is the captured English officer he will murder at dawn in retribution for the British execution of a fellow freedom fighter The night long wait for morning and death provides Dawn, Elie Wiesel s ever timely novel, with its harrowingly taut, hour by hour narrative Caught between the manifold horrors of the past and the troubling dilemmas of the present, Elisha wrestles with guilt, ghosts, and ultimately God as he waits for the appointed hour and his act of assassination Dawn is an eloquent meditation on the compromises, justifications, and sacrifices that human beings make when they murder other human beings.

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    1. Ted on said:

      Elie Wiesel, a world famous, highly honored (and sometimes-criticized) Jewish writer and political activist, was born in Romania in 1928. The novella Dawn was his first work of fiction, published in 1960. Together with his famous memoir Night (1958, of the time he spent in Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps in 1944-5) and his next fictional work, Day (1961) it appears in The Night Trilogy. Wiesel died in 2016.The Night Trilogy edition of Dawn (which I read) has a preface, dating to 200 [...]

    2. Orsodimondo on said:

      L’UOMO ASSOMIGLIA A DIO SOLO NELLA CRUDELTÀ Sono 80 paginette scarse, e scarne, che però pesano come secoli e millenni, anche se il racconto è racchiuso nel giro di pochi anni (il protagonista ne ha diciotto).Un ebreo, in rappresentanza della sua gente, per sopravvivere deve imparare a odiare, e uccidere: dalla sera all’alba rivede la sua vita, la gente che ha conosciuto, le persone che hanno inciso la sua esistenza, prende la sua decisione e la porta a termine.Pulizia etnica: l’esodo d [...]

    3. Chris Horsefield on said:

      I am a huge fan of Elie Wiesel so was very happy with this book, since I read "Night" and saw his interview with Oprah Winfrey, I was hooked.Rarely has a such a short novel made me think as much as this one, usually its the 500 page sledgehammer that creeps into your dreams as you absorb it over a few weeks, in barely 80 pages Elie Wiesel burrows into the subconcious,into the darkest part of the soul.The setting is Palestine, 1947ish, the brits are still running the mandate. Palestine is home to [...]

    4. Lubinka Dimitrova on said:

      I'm sorry, this book pushed all the wrong buttons for me. It only evoked the resentment I feel for the modern state of Israel and its policies, and I simply couldn't shake off the feeling. Wiesel's point is that we are the sum total of everything that has ever happened to us and everyone who has ever loved us or given us their time. An interesting point, to be sure. But all the reasoning behind Elisha's acts couldn't convince me that trying to justify your monstrosity by blaming your enemies for [...]

    5. Zahra M on said:

      Perhaps it's my fault for assuming that 'Dawn' was a follow up to Wiesel's brilliant memoir 'Night'. Or perhaps the book was just boring. Well written, but boring.In my view, 'Dawn' should not be packaged as the second part of a trilogy, because I did not get any sense of continuation; there was a lot of philosophising but no real sense of transition from the night that was Wiesel's life in a concentration camp to dawn in the Promised Land. I felt that there were a number of gaps. It has certain [...]

    6. Teresa on said:

      3 and 1/2 starsThough this is a novella, it's sometimes marketed as part of a trilogy with the nonfictional Night. I can see the relevance, as Wiesel himself says in this book's introduction that he imagined what might've happened if he'd been recruited after his Holocaust experiences to become a terrorist in Palestine. And while I didn't find this as affecting as the memoir Night, it is still relevant, imagining the kind of young person that might become a murderer for a cause and the toll that [...]

    7. Negin on said:

      This is a follow-up to "Night", which I found to be a bit odd. It’s not that I didn’t like “Dawn”, I did and it definitely affected me emotionally, but “Night” is much better. It’s the only book in the trilogy that’s a memoir, so obviously the styles are different. I wonder what “Day” will be like. I plan on reading that soon.

    8. John Walters on said:

      This book came to me by accident. I was visiting the library at Anatolia High School in Thessaloniki one day and, as is occasionally the case, there was a pile of books on a table outside the door - books that had been purged from the collection, free for the taking. I am wary of such books, as they are often not worth the trouble, either because they are falling apart, or because they are lousy books. But this one caught my eye because I had heard of one of Elie Wiesel's other books, "Night", d [...]

    9. Mandi on said:

      This book is very different from anything else I've read. It's the follow up to Elie Wiesel's memoir Night, but this time the story is fictional. Because it's fictional, right off the bat it's easier to digest than Night. It revolves around a Holocaust survivor's morals and way of thinking after he becomes part of the Jewish Resistance in Palestine and is ordered to execute a British soldier. Can the victim ever become the murderer? Do the crimes of others make it okay for you to commit the same [...]

    10. Skylar Burris on said:

      Dawn is a beautifully written but disturbing novel about an Israeli terrorist waiting to assassinate a British officer in retaliation for the hanging of an Israeli. This novel evokes a great deal of thought about stopping violence with violence and hate with hate. Reflecting on the persecution the Jews have suffered, the young assassin Elisha says: "Now our only chance lies in hating you, in learning the necessity of the art of hate." However, the novel seems ultimately to say that hatred must b [...]

    11. Jenny on said:

      Every so often, I read a book that makes me wish I was back in grad school, so I could write a paper about it. This is one of those books. The only problem I have with it is that it's too short. I wanted to read more of Wiesel's beautiful and moving prose. I love his style of writing and was caught up by the characters and their stories. The plot is about a young Jewish man named Elisha who is chosen to kill an English soldier named John Dawson. Elisha is part of the resistance movement in Pales [...]

    12. Sarah on said:

      Incredibly relevant. While a historical novel, in our post-9/11 world that's cluttered with arrogance and self-righteous politics, this should be required reading. Dawn is unnerving; it shakes you to the core. The lines between "us" and "them" are blurred and the reader cannot possibly walk away viewing the world through the same narrow lens they came in with. Read it.

    13. Orlanda Machado on said:

      Original Blog Review: myescapebookscoffeetea.wordpr Bookstagram: instagram/booksofsalemBuy this book on The Book Depository: bookdepository/Dawn-EDon’t judge me, don’t kill me, don’t even atempt to murder me… BUT, I liked this book more than I liked the first one, and that’s the truth.The first book “Night” is a non fiction book ok ? So it basically tells us what happened to Elie Wiesel while WWII, and when I started reading this second book somehow I thought it was going to be the [...]

    14. RØB on said:

      DAWN is an interesting companion piece to NIGHT even if it wasn't necessarily intended to be (but given their titles, you have to think there is some correlation). Elie Wiesel again provides a stark and direct style and his incorporation of supernatural elements, imagined or real, while at times confusing, is especially powerful. It is indeed not a frequently-seen literary phenomenon to see Jews "on the other side of the gun," as it were. A coming-of-age story of a slightly different sort that m [...]

    15. Albert on said:

      Dawn was different from Night. Dawn was fiction and Night was a memoir. Dawn made me think about life's choices and implications from a moral and philosophic perspective. Night was a highly emotional journey. On the surface they are so different it is hard to think of them as related, as one following the other. But as one evolving from the other, Dawn evolves from Night.

    16. Nick on said:

      I am very sorry, this is not a literary production worth my time. I took this book full of hope, after reading "Night" (which was a four stars in my books, I think) . Unlike Night, though, this new novel an invention, a clever mind building a situation and offering an ending. This writing(?) does not contribute to the historical account of WWII, the way Night does, nor does it provide any literary achievement (i.e. the literary means employed in this book are mediocre at best). So no hisorical v [...]

    17. Greta on said:

      Dawn' was a real drag to read. It's about a young holocaust-survivor who joins a Jewish underground movement in Palestine and is commanded to execute a British officer who has been taken hostage. Sounds promising, but it really wasn't. It was all about the inner struggle to fulfill the command to execute the officer. Too much philosophizing and mystic rhetoric, in the most pejorative sense possible. In fact, the boy was whining about it so much that I wished he would put a bullet through his own [...]

    18. Nicole on said:

      As usual, Wiesel writes of darkness with beauty, humanity encompassed by inhumane actions. As usual it is sad, tragic, beautiful, and quieting.

    19. Melanti on said:

      This is attributed as being a sequel to the autobiographical Night which I think is a bit misleading, as that implies that this is autobiographical too. Instead, Wiesel is musing what he might have been capable of, had he made some different life choices after WWII. So, basically, you have someone who won the Nobel Peace Prize musing about what would have induced him to murder someone. It's a bit of a strange book, but it does indicate just how many huge gaps I have in my knowledge of modern Mid [...]

    20. J.M. on said:

      Read a book by this author already and enjoyed it so much I'd like to read another. Unfortunately, I didn't realize this one was fiction. I don't know why it is, but I don't enjoy fictional accounts about the Holocaust or its survivors. The true story is horrific enough.Anyway, while this is well written but I just couldn't get into it.

    21. Hanna on said:

      I read Dawn along with Night and Day. Night is autobiographical and Dawn and Day are fiction based on his experiences. Read as a trilogy, Wiesel invites you in as a house invites the breeze to sweep through and breathe in every corner of its four walls.

    22. Jen on said:

      I wouldn't have enjoyed this as much without reading Night first - even though it's not a sequel.

    23. Holly on said:

      Wow! I did not know this was a fictional story until I picked it up, but I loved what he did. He asked some very BIG "what if" questions! It is still relevant all over the world, sadly enough. He is an amazing writer, a genius who makes us think of things we could never imagine. He shares with us his experience in Night and then says, what if it got worse with Dawn. I can not imagine what the Day will bring.

    24. Alyssa Nelson on said:

      I was confused when I started reading Dawn, because it’s listed as being a sequel to Wiesel’s Night, which is more of a nonfiction memoir piece. While in theme, Dawn can certainly be seen as a sequel to Night given the subject matter, it is a fictional piece of work where Wiesel explores thoughts about killing and death, most notably, can killing a person ever be justifiable? This novel is a short but comprehensive into the life of Elisha, a young Jewish man who now fights for freedom for hi [...]

    25. Nancy on said:

      A captivating look at the way humans justify hate. I didn't enjoy it as much as "Night" but it was a beautifully written book that gave me a lot to think about. I'm anxious to finish the trilogy but after reading this I can't jump right into "Day". At times the passages were repetitive and the dialogue a bit stilted. Overall, a decent read but not one of my favorites.

    26. Kelly on said:

      Dawn: A Novel (Night Trilogy, Book 2) by Eli Wiesel1961,2006"Dawn is purely a work of fiction, but I wrote it to look at myself in a new way. Obviously I did not live this tale, but I was implicated in its ethical dilemma from the moment that I assumed my character's place.""So I wrote this novel in order to explore distant memories and buried doubts: What would have become of me if I had spent not just one year in the camps, but two or four? If I had been appointed kapo? Could I have struck a f [...]

    27. Colleen Browne on said:

      I didn't notice as I chose the version of the book that I did that it included only Night. The cover looks the same but my book includes the entire trilogy so I will write about all three. If I could give ten stars, that would still seem inadequate for this book. It is beautifully written but more to the point it unveils the depth of despair that those who suffered through the holocaust experienced. But Weisel doesn't leave it there. In three very short volumes, he explains through the voices o [...]

    28. Jimbo Pantas on said:

      Entirely different from Night except it has the same narrator, Elisha; but this time this Elisha (although based on Elie Wiesel himself) is fictional and so are the events in this novel. All the same, Dawn is surprisingly wonderful for a first novel. The prose is so breathtaking it literally takes your breath away for a few seconds and linger on a beautiful line and try to digest its beauty. Compared to Night, Dawn is quite superior when it comes to the writing department. The sentences have mor [...]

    29. Eric on said:

      "So many questions obsessed me. Where is God to be found? In suffering or in rebellion? When is a man most truly a man? When he submits or when he refuses? Where does suffering lead him? To purification or bestiality?"Such questions young people ask themselves, and some, in the search for passion and purpose, find answers upon paths that, inevitably, lead to destruction. Dawn is a book that has a very relevant place in today's society. One could argue if it ever hasn't had a relevant place consi [...]

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