- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 58 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Macmillan Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: December 29, 2008
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001OO0ITE
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Based upon this seldom mentioned, little known piece of French history, author Tatiana de Rosnay has crafted a well-written novel that alternates between the past in 1942, and the present. The past centers around a 10 year old Jewish girl Sarah Strazynski who is forced to go to the Velodrome d'Hiver with her mother and father, innocently leaving behind a 4 year old brother Michel locked in a secret cupboard with the assurance that she would return to let him out when it was safe.
The present revolves around writer Julia Jarmond, a transplanted American who is married to a frenchman and finds herself being consumed by the story of the Vel d'Hiv incident. As she digs deeper, she uncovers dark secrets surrounding her husband's family which are connected to the deportations of Jews from France. As the truth emerges, the author deftly handles the question of guilt caused by supressed secrets and how the truth can sometimes not only bring about pain and disrupt the regularity of life, yet also have the ability to heal and move forwards into the future.
The method employed by the author, which alternates between the past  and the present is an effective tool for it ties both periods together and brings the story to a satisfying conclusion.Read more ›
Apart from this one coincidence that one has to grant for the sake of the novel, Tatiana de Rosnay mostly avoids melodrama, excessive sentiment, or plot surprises. Sarah's story may be merely a variant on the Holocaust narrative often told before, but its child's-eye viewpoint gives it a moving authenticity, and the short chapters keep it bearable. Especially touching are the glimpses of individual concern and kindness among the general indifference of the French people; the novel honors those unsung saints and heroes who put aside their fear to help in individual ways.Read more ›
The second half of the book made me mad. I only kept reading because of Julia's relationship with her father-in-law. It was predictable, Hollywood schlock.
I wish the author would rewrite the book from page 160 without the superfluous characters, destinations... and without Julia's incessant, repetitious thought process. Unfortunately, De Rosnay dilutes a powerful story and loses her reader's respect; respect that I think was well earned in the first half of the book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved it although the subject matter was dark. Well written and sure held my interest!Published 1 day ago by Sheila Bell
It was a horrible time in history and should never be forgotton. It is not taught in schools anymore but "NEVER AGAIN"Published 1 day ago by Joan Jimerson
Wow. Real. Heart tugging. Historic and real in its story. I have been moved beyond explanation. An unforgettable read. And did I say 'wow'? I want to know more.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
I read this book as part of a book club. Although a sad subject, I felt the book was well written and I enjoyed more than I thought I would.Published 3 days ago by Susan McKie
I enjoyed the book very much. Wish it had been more complete with the ending, but still enjoyed it.Published 3 days ago by JAY DUB
It was a good book, but sometimes I felt that the purpose of the novel was to teach me about France's involvement in the war; it did not allow me to learn from the experiences of... Read morePublished 6 days ago by heather h butterworth
The story is well written and the intertwining of plots is constructed well and believablePublished 8 days ago by Judy L.. Paukert