Wednesday, May 14, 2008


I figured that as long as I average about one book a week (I don't know how with school and everything, but I do) I decided I might as well write something about what I'm reading. Recently I have been trying to expand my reading from the typical Fantasy Fiction that I so love and read all the time. So recently (i.e. over the past few months) I've purchased some new books to expand my library. The first one after finishing the last Drizzt book is a book entitled Night by Elie Wiesel. This one was recommended to me by my brother-in-law Chris Maloy. Basic synopsis is that Elie Wiesel is a Holocaust survivor and this book is about that experience. Elie Wiesel won the Nobel Peace Prize for this novel in 1986. The New York Times said that it is "a slim volume of terrifying power." So here is an excerpt from the novel:
"Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, that turned my life into one long night seven times sealed.
"Never shall I forget that smoke.
"Never shall I forget the small faces of the children whose bodies I saw transformed into smoke under a silent sky.
"Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith forever.
"Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence that deprived me for all eternity of the desire to live.
"Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes.
"Never shall I forget those things, even were I condemned to live as long as God Himself.
It really is a powerful book and I recommend that we all should read from it and learn what he has to teach us about compassion.
Now that I have finished that small volume (just over 100 pages) I've just started Bram Stoker's Dracula and it is pretty good so far.


Nicole Shelby said...

I've heard Chris talk about Night, but I haven't read it yet.
i've read Stoker several times...and enjoy it very much. I'd much rather read it than watch a lame-o movie version. I hope you enjoy it.

Jodi Jean said...

ooooh i think i read that book in high school .... maybe? if you want another interesting WW2 book i love "the hiding place" by corrie ten boom

and i totally wanna borrow dracula. that might be better than the stupid book i just finished for book club ... "the painting on the pond" what a waste of paper. UGH! and i can't even give my actual thoughts on the book b/c the author will be there. yuck!