Released in 2010 as a major motion picture starring Kristin Scott Thomas.
Paris, July 1942. Sarah, a ten year-old Jewish girl, is arrested by the French police in the middle of the night, along with her mother and father. Desperate to protect her younger brother, she locks him in a cupboard and promises to come back for him as soon as she can.
Paris, May 2002. Julia Jarmond...more
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For teachers, I think it quite likely that many parents would object…moreAre you aware that there's a film of the same name? Try the book and the movie.
For teachers, I think it quite likely that many parents would object to the book for assigned reading in any of the middle grades. High schoolers, yes. Younger audiences, my opinion is this book is great but not for younger children. (less)
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.
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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
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
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
disclaimer: This is a review of the book, Sarah's Key, and not the Holocaust. (I give the Holocaust negative infinity stars, if you were wondering.)
Fuck you Sarah's Key, you manipulative sonofabitching asshole. How dare you make me feel like this at Christmas?! Dead baby brother in a cupboard?! Really?! Gassing the parents at Auschwitz wasn't enough? I don’t give a goddamn what you throw at me for the rest of the story. I WILL NOT CRY AFTER THAT BU ...more
I found the story extraordinary on several levels. First, I was unaware of this historic event and found it astounding that so little is ever mentioned of France's ...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
Julia's story is like chewing tough meat. Listening to this immature, superficial, self absorbed woman rattle on about her failing marriage, her unwanted pregnancy (by her husband), and life in general is enough to make you want to take a healthy dose of rat poison. It sounded much like ...more
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
There had been over four thousand Jewish children penned in the Vel' d'Hiv', aged between two and twelve. Most of the children were French, born in France. None of them came back from Auschwitz.
Sarah's story was shocking, it seems that no matter how much you read about the holocaust, there is always more horrible things still to be discovered. It also made me wonder about how much I would tell my children if a war started in my country, do you stay quiet and protect them, or do you prepare them ...more
"Sarah's Key unlocks the star-crossed, heart-thumping story of an American journalist in Paris and the sixty-year-old secret that could destroy her marriage."
Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and en ...more
In 1942, thousands of Jewish children, men and women were herded into a stadium in Paris the Vel' d'Hiv by the French police. Here people were given hardly any water or food for days as a result many died and some actually committed suicide.
So when the police come to take Sarah's family her four year old brother Michael hides in a secret cupboard. Sarah locks him in and tells him she promises she'll be back for him later.
I'm not really sure what to say about it, how to describe what a wonder it is. Like The Book Thief or Sophie's Choice, it leaves a mark on your brain, on your very soul. This is why books are read, why books are written. Just pure perfection.
A story that you cant put down, and stays in your mind long after finished. The story is very good.
Let me tell you a few facts, that I did not know before.
16 u. 17. Juli 1942
mass raids in Paris
-nearly 13000 Jewish
- about 5800 women
- over 4000 kids between 2 and 16 years old
They were interned in Velodrome dHiver. Then they would taken to a transit camp before Paris. There were isolated children from her mothers. As of August 17, 1942, the children were brought in a wretched condition to Auschwit ...more
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