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- 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
Enjoyed the historical view. The running story with it was predictable and did not enhance the historical facts.Published 4 days ago by scsanders82
I bought this book for someone else, but decided to read it before giving it away. It caught me by surprise how immersed I got in this book. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Kimberly
agree with a lot of reviewers. the first half is good, the second half does not worth the time to finish.Published 12 days ago by Niceguy california
Such a great book. Reminding us of events that we should never forget. An easy read. Loved it!!!Published 12 days ago by Hollie Allison
Julia Jarmond, a middle-aged American journalist living in Paris lives between two worlds. Although she hs been in Paris for 25 years nd married to a Frenchman for 17 years, she is... Read morePublished 12 days ago by kris morgan
This is a very important story and should be told "so that we don't forget." The use of the two narrators was most effective.Published 12 days ago by M. L. Entzminger
The book was very interesting and effortless.
Anthony D. Woods
c/o Velvet Tears: Breaking the Silence
Meh... the beginning of the book was interesting, promising even , with the chapters written in Sarah's point of view. Read morePublished 15 days ago by JE