I've spent the last day trying to decide if I loved this book because I'm sentimental. The author, Irene Nemirovsky, was a Russian Jew who wrote this while living in occupied France. A respected author, she had married Micheal Epstein who had also fled Russia when the Bolsheviks revolted. They had sincerely adopted France as their home country, converted to Catholicism and were the parents of two daughters. She began writing this novel while simultaneou...more
Ci sono libri che ricordano quei pomeriggi invernali in cui guardi la città piovosa, attraverso i vetri della finestra. Guardi le strade, e la gente ti sembra diversa. Uguale nella loro destinazione, ma diversa nel modo di sentire che le attribuisci. Il tutto mentre sorseggi il tuo caffè, con le gambe calde dal contatto col termosifone.
Irène Némirovsky ci regala uno spaccato di mondo eterogeneo e completo, attraverso le parole del suo romanzo, che noi beatame...more
Part II ("Dolce") - A German regiment settles in a small French town, and the villagers must learn to live with their new occupiers, for better or worse.
The descriptions in this novel were rich and beautiful; the author brilliantly wove striking metaphorical images into the scenes to illustrate the emotions of the characters and...more
*We later went to a book club meeting about this Suite Francaise and it was startling to hear such a broad array of reactions to this book. For example, some people thought that the book was written as a "get out of jail pass" to give to the Germans i...more
Suite Française debuted in English in 2006,and i was immediately drawn to the tragedy of the author's story: Irene Nemirovsky, a talented and prolific author, editor and mover/shaker of the Parisian literary world, was murdered at Auschwitz before finishing her magnum opus. I was so drawn by this tragedy, by the historical import, by the romance of the manuscript discovered in a trunk sixty years after the authors death that bears witness to her remarkable life, that I was sure that it couldn't...more
WWII is a somber subject, no way around it and so, of course, the book is somber. But even somber subjects can be compelling and I had a hard time finding a reason to be compelled...
There are two "books" within the cover and I feel like I need to review each quickly but separately. (perhaps this is part of my struggle - it felt almost lik...more
Nemirovsky actually intended to write this story in five parts, as in the five musical parts of a symphony. Tragically, the Russian Jewish author living in France at the time was seized and taken by the Nazis to a concentration camp where she eventu...more
There are only a few scenes of violence; the focus of the book is more on people--their emotions, their actions, what they do to s...more
Impossibile per me cercare di formulare un giudizio che riesca ad esprimere in minima parte quanto è stato espresso egregiamente nel commento di Ginny 1807 e nel commento di ScaP.
Condivido (quasi) tutto. Davvero una bella lettura: la scrittura è curata, a... tutto tondo, i pensieri si dipanano con chiarezza e ricchezza di similitudini e immagini. Si distingue dal piattume letterario cui oggi rischiamo di adeguarci e di cui Irène Némirovsky ci permette di dare una misura.
I loved the class breakdowns that occur. When the rules of society are no longer being enforced, having money or being a famous writer no longer make you more special than the next person. The descriptions of the characters prejudices, which were mos...more
The Germans are everywhere, it seems....more
The book also po...more
The author, Irene Nemirovsky, was a Russian Jew who fled the Bolsheviks in 1919 during the Russian Revolution. Her family emigrated to France when she was a teenager. Irene attended the Sorbonne, became a best-selling author, got married, and had two little girls. Irene, her husband, and children fled Paris during WWII during the G...more
Nemirov's lush prose brings the reader back to early 1940's when the French were invaded by...more
"Suite Francaise" was discovered 45 years after it was written. The last half was written in very tiny script to conserve paper during the war shortage. It has been a long time since I wanted to memorize passages from a novel: "To them it all began as a long breath, like...more
this is not my review, but a piece that appeared in the new republic about irene nemirovsky. turns out, her other novels are shockingly anti-semitic, viz., "Némirovsky's stories of corrupt Jews--some of them even have hooked noses, no less!--appeared in right-wing periodicals and won her the friendship of her editors, many of whom held positions of power in extreme-right political circles. When the racial laws in 1940 and 1...more
Irene Nemirovsky, a famous writer living in Paris, intended to write a novel containing five distinct sections about World War II. The first two novellas were written as the war evolved in the early 1940s. But, the rest she never finished.
Storms in June tells the amazing journey of men and women as they fled from Paris the night before the Germans occupied the city. The frenzied perspective of this historic...more
A friend, though, began reading it, and complained about the first section, the chaotic flight from Paris being full of sketchy characters, none of whom was developed in any depth. I don’t agree with that assessment but thought about what would prompt such a reaction. Nemirovsky answers the objec...more
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She stood silent. He looked at her and saw her eyes full of tears. He turned away.
At this moment she wasn't ashamed of loving him, because her physical desire had gone and all she felt towards him now was pity and a profound, almost maternal tenderness. She forced herself to smile. "Like the Chinese mother who sent her son off to war telling him to be careful 'because war has its dangers,' I'm asking you, if you have any feelings for me, to be as careful as possible with your life."
Because it is precious to you?" he asked nervously.
Yes. Because it is precious to me.”