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Fire in the Blood (Vintage International) Paperback – July 15, 2008
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While this story didn't engage my attention like "Suite Francaise" did,(a book that had me racing home to read it) it still stands as a testament to the late Nemirovsky's talent.
Focusing on the romantic follies and unintentionally murderous affairs of the residents of a small village in the French countryside, "Fire in the Blood" is an entertaining slice-of-life style soap opera told uniquely from the point of view of travel-worn aging bachelor who has returned reluctantly to his quiet hometown. Focusing more of the memories of love and youth than on the actual encounters, Nemirovsky avoids the typical trappings of the run-of-the-mill romance novel. There's an often cold, bitter, outsider's sense of detachment to the follies of the characters in the book that give it a sharp observer's edge and turns it into more of anthropological study than a melodrama. Many nuances of rural life and the social mores of the pre-WWII French are delivered spot-on by the Ukrainian born writer. Nemirovsky seduces the reader in the end, as secrets are revealed, and we get a brief flicker of the passion and the fire that had been elusive in the rest of the novel (hidden in gossip and observations after the fact) in the closing pages and haunting final lines. For Nemirovsky, true love dances across the whitewashed walls of our memories like shadows before the flame is snuffed out and we go to sleep for the rest of our lives in utter darkness.Read more ›
This book should be widely read. And if you are a sensitive soul, you'll enjoy it very much.
I cannot imagine a more beautifully written or narrated (Mark Bramhall) book. This is a masterpiece that engrosses the reader with the tastes, smells and textures of the French countryside in the early 1900's. Of course there's plenty of gossip and family scandal in this relatively short work of 3 CD's. You won't regret a minute spent in the company of Silvio, the character telling this quiet, but fascinating tale.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wow, I loved it! This novel was so...French. An underlying passion simmers in all of the characters. "Fire in the Blood" indeed! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Laura E.
This novel by Irène Némirovsky (IM; Kiev 1903-Auschwitz 1942) is set before WWII, but is also the last book she wrote. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Alfred J. Kwak
Another compelling story by Iréne Némirovsky. This story begins as innocent narrative then heart-breaking layers are revealed, laying bare the souls of the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jocelyn R. Chabot
“Ah, dear friend, when something happens in life, do you ever think about the moment that caused it, the seed from which it grew? Read morePublished 11 months ago by Irishgal
A good read tells a very interesting story. Has great characters that you can relate to.
Also, has a great background story on the making of this book that makes this book all... Read more
I started reading this short novel and found myself unable to put it down. Ran thru it in three days. It's riveting.
Irene Nemirovski was a genius. Read more