|Night Plot Summary|
This was a very intense read. For my first memoir read I was surprised at how short it was, then I realized that was due to the fact that it spanned only a few horrific years in a teenage boy's life. Upon reading this book I watched some biographies from the holocaust with real video and photos. I know that you are supposed to use your imagination in books, but putting actual footage with the tale of what happened next to each other is almost enough to make you cry. If books do that sort of thing to you that is...while I'm not a crier this book certainly tested my limits. To know that everyone around you is just letting you, your family, children, and neighbors suffer in such agony is ridiculous. After hearing that they burned bodies in the middle of the town there is no way someone could not have an idea of what is going on. Burning flesh has a very specific smell. Not to mention the constant gunfire and sight of the deathly skinny inhabitants. I also found it amazing, what us as humans, can become accustomed too over long periods of time and exposure. This book goes into the past, and shows what a person can and will do to survive or to avoid pain. I will say that, this memoir will not be scoring a decent re-read score. That is not because the book was bad; it was good just sad and i'll have to burn some of the well described images out of my brain.