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Dalton Trumbo’s posthumous work, this novel tells the story of an old unrepentant Nazi official named Grieben. Former chief of the Auschwitz concentration camp, the protagonist is motivated by a boundless desire for power & by what seems to be an inability to receive love. In autobiographical form, Grieben ensnares us in the sadism of his youth, the cruelty of his relaDalton Trumbo’s posthumous work, this novel tells the story of an old unrepentant Nazi official named Grieben. Former chief of the Auschwitz concentration camp, the protagonist is motivated by a boundless desire for power & by what seems to be an inability to receive love. In autobiographical form, Grieben ensnares us in the sadism of his youth, the cruelty of his relationship with a woman who was half-Jewish & the indescribable horror of the Holocaust....

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ISBN : 9780670514120
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 218 Pages
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Night of the Aurochs Reviews

  • Hudson
    2018-11-20 08:19

    This book was a chilling story about a Nazi officer in WWII told from his point of view. I read this book after learning about it in the forward of "Carrion Comfort" by Dan Simmons. He had stated that Night of the Aurochs provided much of the inspiration for his book and you can definitely see a lot of similarities between some of the characters. It was incredible the callous disregard that the main character had for the lives of the Jews and his off hand remarks about mass slaughter are terrifying. This book had a lot of underlying messages, the author had stated that it was an essay on evil and absolute power and justification. Very powerful read. (Interesting to note that the author Dalton Trumbo also wrote the book "Johnny Got His Gun" as well as the screenplay for "Papillon" among many more.)

  • Allison
    2018-11-13 08:17

    First of all, I’m not quite sure how to assess this book because- unfortunately- it was never entirely finished. It’s a shame Trumbo was never able to complete the novel as he intended, but would this finished version really have been any better? It’s difficult to really say, but I’m inclined to think no.Night of the Aurochs is Dalton Trumbo’s second and final novel. It is an autobiography of Ludwig Grieben, the fictional commandant of Auschwitz. Very similar territory has been explored in books like The Kindly Ones (which I have not read and don’t intend to) and the Kommandant’s Mistress. I can’t speak for the former, but the latter did an excellent job of it.Grieben is extremely hypocritical, but given his status as a Nazi mass murderer; he’s obviously supposed to be. He constantly waxes poetic about what a good and virtuous man he is while murdering innocent women and children in cold blood and exterminating hundreds of thousands at Auschwitz. It makes him all the easier to hate, not that he was ever a likable or sympathetic character to begin with. As Trumbo states, Grieben is incapable of love. Every time he tries to love someone or something- whether it is a human or a pet rabbit- he brutally murders it. It is abundantly clear that Grieben cannot even understand love- perhaps the ultimate example of what TV Tropes calls Evil Cannot Comprehend Good. Trumbo makes it painstakingly clear to us that Grieben is sexually abnormal from a very early age. He kills his pet rabbit while trying to have sex with it. He and his best friend Gunther molest a neighbor girl. You get the idea. While I see the point Trumbo is trying to make, these scenes are gratuitous and described in a pornographic manner when they don’t need to be. Sometimes the prose is genuinely beautiful (ironic given the context), but most of the time it is ponderous and rambling. Trumbo spends far too much time describing things we don’t care about and don’t need to know about. These details are pointless and detract from the main story. I often had to look up various words and terms to understand their meaning. Trumbo also has Grieben make numerous references to German history and classical mythology, which are extremely pretentious and add nothing to the story. Perhaps the strangest element of the book is the fantasies an older Grieben has about falling in love with the ghost of Anne Frank. This is simply bizarre and I can’t even begin to make sense of it. I’m ultimately not quite sure what Trumbo was trying to accomplish here. He claimed he was trying to write a study of the ultimate evil, and that much is certainly obvious. But I don’t think I understand what he tried to do with Grieben’s character arc. He feels no remorse for his atrocities and claims he was ‘just following orders’. And yet he is moved by Anne Frank’s diary and begins fantasizing about her. Why? Grieben never goes through any major changes or character development. He’s a static character. He starts life as a sadist and sexual deviant and ends it as a sadist and sexual deviant. He certainly doesn’t learn to love because, again, it’s something he’s incapable of. In short; he’s an unrepentant nazi from start to finish.This book could have been something either very brilliant or very terrible, but most likely the latter.

  • John Gillis
    2018-11-04 01:24

    This was a difficult psychological read, as it was written from the point of view of a high ranking Nazi who administered concentration camps. As bad as that sounds, it was a very thought- provoking and insightful read. It covers the whole life of the protagonist, from his German youth to his life after the war. Dalton Trumbo was famous for his book "Johnny Got His Gun," which won the National Book Award. An anecdote on that book states that Trumbo "never takes the easy way out." That is surely true of this book also. Trumbo was blacklisted during the Red Scare, because he refused to testify before the House In-American Activities Committee. Trumbo died before actually finishing "Night of the Aurochs," but the book deserves to live.

  • Louise
    2018-11-22 02:30


  • Matt
    2018-11-22 06:31

    An unfinished novel. I thought it was very good.

  • J. Dolan
    2018-11-08 06:37

    A master writer and world-class humanist explores one individual's progression from ordinary citizen to Nazi mass murderer. Though Trumbo died before he could finish the book, its incompleteness is offset by the inclusion in this edition of the author's notes, correspondence, various drafts, and commentary he set down during the writing of it.In addition to this giving it somewhat of a completed feel, it offers intriguing insights into not only the creative process but the emotional highs and lows every writer encounters in the course of that process. One might claim as a result that reading Aurochs allows one to pick its author's brain as much as its anti-hero's-- wondering all the while, rather disconcertingly, how much of the former is revealed in the latter.The ten finished chapters and their addenda comprise a shocking indictment of the human animal, and in many ways the apotheosis of Trumbo's lifelong disenchantment with his kind.

  • Shibbie
    2018-10-29 02:13

    Trumbo is a marvelous writer, anti-war and political and all that jazz during World War I when people didn't take too kindly to that kind of thing. Trumbo set about writing about the exact opposite of himself, a man who through childhood experiences etc, becomes a violent man, a nazi in fact. Trumbo is such an excellent writer that you are both appalled and yet you can almost sympathize with him or justify all his cruelty.This book is mindblowing and loses a star merely because the poor bloke died 10 chapters in and it's unfinished, very unfinished. The version I read offered up Trumbo's notes as to how the book would end, but still it builds up and just as you are about to get into the real meat of the novel, the man's adulthood, the book abruptly ends. Not Trumbo's fault, of course, but still the most frustrating thing I've ever come across, even knowing it would happen.

  • Ben
    2018-10-29 02:18

    Who would have guessed that a book told from the point of view of a Nazi concentration camp commander would be a wee bit disturbing?The blurb from Ring Lardner, Jr. on the back cover nails it nicely:"Completed, Night of the Aurochs would have been a major event in American fiction. In its present form, it combines a look into the darkest recesses of the human spirit with superlative prose and one of the most fascinating revelations of a writer's mind ever published."Added bonus: the book includes several letters from Trumbo to friends about the work. As usual, Trumbo's correspondence is amazing stuff.

  • Kate
    2018-11-09 08:19

    Classic World War II novel which was shocking when it was published, probably one of the first novels dealing with the a character whose psychopathy was delineated. Much referred to in WWII writings by authors who were trying to figure out how civilized man could commit the horrors this war embodied. It would be written better today in a more open society that has more information on how ordinary men can be turned into monsters.

  • George
    2018-10-31 06:25

    Step into the mind of a Nazi in the making. The justification and understanding and pride in the nightmare that is to come. It is a true loss to the literary community that Dalton Trumbo is no longer with us and that he never had a chance to finish this masterpiece.

  • James Cowan
    2018-11-22 09:14

    Whoa, Grieben is a weird and sick mofo.