This book was a beautiful, elegantly written and poetic. The entire story (a short novella) is written into tiny little poetics chapters. Almost like...moreThis book was a beautiful, elegantly written and poetic. The entire story (a short novella) is written into tiny little poetics chapters. Almost like a free style poetry, but written to tell a story. Alessandro Baricco, does a fantastic job at creating a lovely read and a forbidden love story. For the most part, the story isn’t what caused me to be unable to put the book down, it was the beautiful pose, poetic words that vibrated off the pages, which disallowed me to put it down for any period of time.
This isn’t a book that has some sort o exciting love forbidden love story, little information is interaction is seen between characters, it is a lot of metaphors descriptions and small poetic phrases that create the story. Overall, it was a beautiful and poetic novella pulling the reader in and to experience a forbidden story of love. If you’re looking for a good, poetic read and elegant writing, this is defiantly for you.(less)
This book was fantastic. Truly a remarkable read. Suite Francaise is split into two parts “The Strom in June” and “Dolce. Both of which t paints a ver...moreThis book was fantastic. Truly a remarkable read. Suite Francaise is split into two parts “The Strom in June” and “Dolce. Both of which t paints a very realistic picture of the peoples of France, during the Second World War.
"The Storm in June” follows the stories of those fleeing Paris. Nemirovsky was able to create haunting scenes while writing this, filled with the emotion of the characters as they left their homes in Paris. Her ability to show how theses times’ affects human nature was spectacular, and she was able to create the scene with beautiful and elegant descriptions and style of writing. To read how these characters felt, how they reacted to certain events, barriers and attempts to keep their “everyday life” was incredible. She was able to show human nature at its best and at its worst, and what people would do during desperate times, when access to food, petrol and shelter are limited. I won’t give anymore details, so I don’t ruin it, but it is both shocking and sad, yet it paints a very real picture, on how human nature reacts to this sort of situation and the desperate actions of people during trying times.
“Dolce” was the second part in this book, and again Nemirovksy is concentrating on the human nature, the emotions of the people and their lives and experiences. This time she takes us to a German occupied village, where the villagers are forced to live and interact with the enemy. Some are torn between duties of their hearts and duties to their peers and culture. But again, she is able to show the desperate lives, the emotion and how they attempted to have their everyday lives the same, even with the eyes of the enemy, so close. She explores exactly the desperate measures some take, the disapproving view others have, and the raw emotions mixed with it. The emotions of these characters pours out of the pages, making them seem very real, allowing the reader to almost feel, for a moment or two, what it might have been like in theses characters shoes. (Although some characters emotions, views and actions seem surprising, you can understand why they do it, even if it seems, unusual, cruel or immature).
I have to warn you, this book is unfinished. Dolce leaves off, and you know there is suppose to be more, but sadly, Nemirovsky was arrested and later died, before she could finish this masterpiece. In my edition (and likely most editions, but I’m not 100% sure on that) they’ve included two Appendixes. I recommend you read both. The first is her journal on her progress of the book, it is sad to see the amount of thought and work she was pouring into this book, but never got to finish it. Even reading the small glimpses of what she had planned had me wanting to be able to read the next parts in the story, although I felt sad, that she never had the chance to do so. The second appendix is her correspondents, her husbands and her daughter’s governances to several of people. Half of the correspondents occur after she is captured and it is terribly sad, to read the desperate emotions in his letters, as her husband tries to find her. Finally in the end of the book (in the preface to the French edition) there is a piece and it explains how this book eventually came to be published. Her daughters, as they went into hiding grabbed this unfinished manuscript, journals and saved correspondents, not realizing for years what it was. I think that’s what makes this so haunting, is over sixty years after this was written, it has come alive. Truly a remarkable and stunning read.(less)
I have to say, I didn’t like the sequel much. I am borderline on how exactly I feel, but for the most part, I disliked the book. I just liked, the fir...moreI have to say, I didn’t like the sequel much. I am borderline on how exactly I feel, but for the most part, I disliked the book. I just liked, the first book it was funny at times, having a little spark of magic, but the sequel either lost all that small spec of magic the first one had, that allowed me to enjoy it, or it was drowned out by the random fluff that filled the sequel. There can be such thing as having too many eccentric characters. I found that almost every character, save maybe Mark Darcy, are these extremely eccentric, slightly insane characters. It gets to the point, their wacky personalities; take away from what really matters in the story. Not to mention, I found there was a lot of random, out there ….. “crap” that filled the plot. There were parts of Magda’s children while she interacted with Bridget…. (the whole Potty fiasco, got very boring within seconds). There are a lot of other BIG events that occur in the book, that just don’t seem to mesh with the story as a whole, but I can’t really say too much without spoiling the book. To put it vaguely, the events happen to Bridget, just seemed to come so far out of left field, I’m led to believe it was more of a way to make a longer book, then to create a better story. Because it does nothing to improve the stories (both examples) it does nothing to help Bridget grow.
This brings me to Bridget. I found this in the first book, but it didn’t bug seem to bug me as much. But in this book, I found her to be a little too helpless and “must have man, to complete life, because she’s nothing without” idea was just bothersome combined with her total lack of self confidence. I just found that she played into two many stereotypes, for the story to be enjoyable in any way. Not to mention, nothing is really resolved at the end of the book. The reader is in the exact same place as they were on page one as they are on the last page.
For the most part, I didn't like the book. After all the hype about how amazing and wonderful it was, I was disappointed. I agree there is an amazing...moreFor the most part, I didn't like the book. After all the hype about how amazing and wonderful it was, I was disappointed. I agree there is an amazing and beautiful connection between the two sisters, one of which most will never experience. And they share that connection with the readers very well. But that's where it ends. I found there story to have a lot of pointless sub stories, and to be very morbid at times. Some parts seemed to not necessary for the story line, and just thrown it there. Without spoiling anyone, it's mainly things they witnessed they shouldn't have. I don't think they were necessary. It made me not want to carry on with the story. It was sad, learning of peoples reactions, and knowing with the situation they're in, they didn't have as much freedom as the majority of the world takes for granted, but that is often overshadowed by the un-needed sub stories and information that doesn't carry their story forward, it just appears to be stuck in there.(less)
Overall I enjoyed the short stories in the book. Some I liked, some I disliked, some I really enjoyed. Short stories are hard to stand out and show wh...moreOverall I enjoyed the short stories in the book. Some I liked, some I disliked, some I really enjoyed. Short stories are hard to stand out and show what the author really has to show, unless it's an entire collection of short stories by them. But I enjoyed them because they were all about different types of women facing issues of love, becoming of them selves, and other life "bumps". Two of the stories I liked the best were, Say Cheese and No Baggage. They had the best characters, and best ending. I think for some of the others, as to why I disliked some of them, was that some were very particular (Al and Christien's World of Leather, The Clutter Rut, are two that come to mind). These were very odd, and the ending for both made little since, the characters in it were also unbelievable. With that being said, for the most part, the stories and the book as a whole is a good read.(less)