On what page does Chapter Five begin in the book Night by Elie Wiesel?

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kipling2448 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Inquiring as to the page on which a chapter or particular discussion within a book resides has become more complicated over the past twenty years.  For many decades, there were essentially two versions of most books: the original hard-cover edition, and the subsequent paperback edition.  Depending upon the popularity of the book, it might have undergone a number of reissues, with minor variations depending upon, in the case of nonfiction works, changes to the content resulting from developments in history or, in the case of works of fiction that become classics, the addition of new introductions or prefaces.  The bottom line was that page numbers could change with subsequent printed editions of books.  In the modern era, with the introduction of electronic versions of books, the use of page numbers has become even more nebulous.  Kindle editions, for example, do not use page numbers and, in many instances, the content on a given “page” does not correlate to the hard-bound version. 

The reason for this discussion is that, when inquiring on which page a certain chapter of an old book begins, the answer may be very specific to a particular edition.  While prefaces and introductions that may be added to a subsequent edition of a book usually precede the numerical designations for pages of text, hence, the use of Roman numerals, the point is that page numbers are not set in stone.  With that in mind, Chapter Five – or, more precisely, Part or Segment Five, inasmuch as Wiesel did not use chapter numbers in Night – begins on page 66 of the 2006 edition the link to which is provided below.  Night was originally published, in French, in 1958, an edition of which would have had its own page numbers different than for subsequent English translations. 

taylorash eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As with almost any book in publishing history, there will be variants for page numbers of specific sections, chapters, quotes, etc. Many books have more than one edition, with each edition generally removing and/or adding text based on new information discovered since the previous edition had been published. In the case of Night by Elie Wiesel, there are over twenty editions, which means that the page that chapter five begins on will likely be different in each edition. 

In addition, the translation of the book into more than thirty languages has resulted in various page lengths for each translation. For example, when the book was published in French in 1958, it had 178 pages. In 1960, when it was translated and published in English, there were only 116 pages in the book. This makes it impossible to give a conclusive answer to this question. 

Marion Wiesel's 2006 translation has chapter 5 start on page 66.