A young girl.
A fateful key.
A woman searching for the truth…
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Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten-year-old girl, is taken with her parents by the French police as they go door to door arresting Jewish families in the middle of the night. Desperate to protect her younger brother, Sarah locks him in a bedroom cupboard—their sec
First off, this is not something I would pick for myself. However, in the aftermath of a dinner featuring the best biscuits and gravy I've ever had,...more
In _Sarah's Key_ the chapters alternate between the war era and the time sixty years later. We watch as a reporter tries to find out more about what happened during the 1942 round-up of Jewish people in France (known as the "Vel' d’Hiv’ Roundup") (Vélodrome d'Hiver). We also watch the actual round-up as it is happening. The alternating views keep you reading as the suspense builds up.
This is a heartbreaking piece of fiction. It brings home the horror of those Holocaust days and war...more
By Sol Tetelbaum
Review: Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Almost a hundred readers published their reviews on Tatiana de Rosnay’s novel Sarah’s Key. Most of them rated the book in four or five stars, but some of them calling the novel “mediocre” showed a lower rating – three stars. It is necessary to admit that their opinions weren’t unfounded and most critical comments were fair. However, from my standpoint, despite the fair critical comments (I don’t think it is nec...more
This author grew up in France and was never taught at school about the French complicity in rounding up Jews for the Nazis. When she discovered information about the Vel' D'Hiv' roundup, she knew she had to write about it. The book is her tribute to the 4,000 children who were victims of that roundup.
I cried for these little people. They were robbed of their chance at life before it ever really got started. Bad enough that they were killed, but before that, they were left in the Fren...more
Not really in the mood to write a review, so I'll be brief and telegraphic.
The Good News:
**The story moves along at a wonderful pace.
**I liked the parallel storylines: over-used, but here it worked perfectly, and I liked the way that the par...more
I thought I’d be interested in the 1942 story but wasn’t sure how much I’d become involved with the 2002 story, but much to my relief I enjoyed both stories, although I did think Sarah’s 1942 story was slightly stronger than Julia’s 2002 story. However, I do think my favorite character might be Zoe from the 2002 story.
Reading this was chil...more
First off, as I said, it's a very interesting idea. The basic story of Sarah is intriguing and the story of the Vel' d'Hiv' children should be read. However, de Rosnay just doesn't pull it off. She simply is not a...more
Alas. I had far less objections concerning the actual story than I had with regard to the writing style. Especially the chapters written from Sarah's POV were something of a torture. Instead of reading a fictional story, I felt as if I kept being submitted to the author's opinion and j...more
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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...more
What I loved about the boo...more
The story of Sarah is compelling and powerful. The shameful Velodrome d'Hiver round-up, conducted by the French police of the Vichy government, was denied and hidden by the French for decades....more
The author did an excellent job of creating and sustaining suspense in the first part of the novel, when the reader wonders if Sarah will get back to free her brother in time.
The story of what happened to Sarah and her family during the Nazi occupation of Paris is compelling and heart-wrenching.
However, the story of Julia is a big yawn, in spite of all the melodrama the author throws into her life. It reads like a soap opera, or like chick lit (which I loathe), and is...more
Unfortunately, the parallel story was SO bad that it took away from the emotion. Specially the second part...more
Who can unlock the soul of Frenchmen who facilitated the emptying of Jewish homes, denied them food, water and sanitation in the Velodrome for days, drove the buses and trains that delivered them to a nearby internment camp, separated mot...more
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TATIANA DE ROSNAY was born in the suburbs of Paris and is of English, French and Russian descent. She is the author of 8...more