Friday, February 27, 2009

Review: Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

book 3 of 5 for the War Through the Generations Challenge: WWII
book 2 of 5 for the Jewish Literature Challenge
genre: historical fiction

Let me start off by saying I could not put this book down. I must also say, that this book ripped my heart into tiny pieces and I'm not sure I'll ever be the same. Really. Maybe it's because I'm a mom or maybe I'm just an incredibly sensitive person. But I now have images in my brain that will never leave.

Sarah's Key takes place in France - switching between the modern day and the early days of World War II. I really like books like this, and I think the author did a fine job of transitioning us back and forth and filling in the blank spots. Sarah is a 10 year old girl living in Paris when her life is shattered by the French Police, who come into her home to arrest her parents and deport them, along with thousands of other French Jews. Her haunting story is intertwined with that of Julia, a journalist who stumbles upon Sarah's story as well as learning about the involvement of the French Police in the deportations.

Julia's fascination with the story leads her on a journey of not only self-discovery, but also a discovery of a her family's past, a country's past, and the consequences of a terrible secret.

7 comments:

Beth F said...

I've heard such good things about this one.

bermudaonion said...

I'm looking forward to reading this one. I'm glad to see it's so good.

Marg said...

I've just received this one in the post after having heard such good things about it!

Serena said...

I've heard a great deal of things about this novel and all of them have been good. I have it in my tbr pile...and I may just have to move it up!

Trish said...

Wow! Sounds like this book had quite the impact on you. I've heard really good things about it, but I love books that pull you in on an emotional level.

morninglight mama said...

A reviewer at 5M4B just posted a review of this book today, and I immediately thought of you. But before I emailed you, I thought that I should check here first, and lo and behold, I have nothing new to offer you. The reviewer said the same thing about not being able to put it down!

Anna said...

I added your review here on War Through the Generations.

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

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