Summary: Night by Elie Wiesel is a memoir about his experience in the Nazi German concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald in 1944–1945, toward the end of the Second World War. Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.
~ Night is on the ACLU's list of bannned and challenged books for the year 2001-2002
~It was challenged in Texas for profanity, violance and horror.
~As a result of challenge:, use of the book in the curriculum was restricted to select students.
Review: Allow me to indulge in some profanity of my own. Although this is also a prayer.
Oh. My. God. This is one of the most simply and gracefully written punches in the gut I've ever read. And it rings completely true. Yes there is some profanity and violence. Yes, it's horrifying. But we're talking about the HOLOCAUST here, one of the most horrifying events in human history.
People need to know about this. They need to know what humans are capable of, what can happen when fear and ignorance and injustice rule a society.
My take: I call shenanigans on banning this book. There is nothing gratuitous or inappropriate about it, only heartbreaking, difficult truth.
Have you read it? What's your take?