Saturday, February 25, 2012

ReView of NIGHT by Elie Wiesel Winner of the NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

"A slim volume of terrifying power." - The New York Times

This is a book that is concise, thorough, simple, yet effective.

"I belive it is important to emphasize how strongly I feel that books, just like people, have a destiny.  Some invite sorrow, others joy, some both."  There is a lot of beautiful things about this book in its sorrows, sadness, perils, tragedies, and even in the spiritual demoralization of the victims.

Religion and faith play an important part of the narrator's life, from childhood into adulthood.  He first ponders on being asked of him 'why do you pray?'  Why do any of us pray?  This is an important question to our spirituality and faith in God and the divine forces.  I don't know if I can answer this question clearly, myself.  Can anybody?  If you know the precise answer to this question share it with us.  It's possible I don't know the answer to this question; however, this book nudged me in the direction to possibility find it, or know it.

Something I thought about extensively throughout the book was the question of 'where is God?'  There comes a point in life where we may believe God has abadoned us.  He is no longer with us.  He says in the book, "In those days, I fully believed that the salvation of the world depended on every one of my deeds, on every one of my prayers.  But now, I no longer pleaded for anything.  I was no longer able to lament.  On the contrary, I felt very strong.  I was the accuser, God the accused.  My eyes had opened and I was alone, terribly along in a world without God, without man.  Without love or mercy."  How do we come back from such a place?  Do we every recover if we feel God has given up on us, and how?  Can we afford to loose faith in God? There is another part in the book that resonated so well with me, because I believe none of us on Earth can afford to loose faith in God, but know it so much more through struggles and endurance.  "God is testing us.  He wants to see whether we are capable of overcoming our base instincts, of killing the Satan within ourselves.  We have no right to despair.  And if He punishes us mercilessly, it is a sign that He loves us that much more..."

If you don't have God, then who do you live for? How do you go on when even food and water are scarcely available to that you are constantly starving, fatigued, and thirsty? It's the thought of you family: father, mother, sisters, brothers.  That keeps you going through the "cold and hunger, stronger than the guns and desire to die, doomed and rootless, nothing but numbers, we were the only men on earth." You survive and go on with the hope of being with the ones you love.


I find spiritual strength in this book.  It is part of our 'collective memory.' It is a human soul manifested in words on paper.  This book awakes and emporwers something dormant within you. It is a MUST-READ.






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