Night

In September 2013, I joined several other avid readers and we initiated a book club at the Redemptorist Renewal Center in Picture Rocks, Arizona.  We call it “Seeds of the Word, a Book Club for the Soul.”  Our first book was Par Lagerkvist’s Barabbas; our most recent discussion in April 2014 was Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer.  I love books.  As one of my spiritual mentors Fra Alexei is known to say, “When we talk about books, we talk about ourselves.”  So true …

Elie WieselIn May 2014, we will discuss Night by 1986 Nobel Peace Prize winner and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel.  The book is a mere 120 pages.  First published in 1958, it gained little notoriety.  By 1997, the book was selling 300,000 copies each year and had been published in 30 languages.

I’ve lost track on how many books Mr. Wiesel has written, but I am certain it exceeds 40.  With forty books to his credit, here is how Mr. Wiesel presents his latest edition, translated by his wife Marion Wiesel in 2006.  The very first sentence reads — and this by a man who has written more than 40 books …

“If in my lifetime I was to write only one book, this would be the one ….”

If you’ve not read Night by Elie Wiesel, I think it is time.

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