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Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
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Oct 29, 11

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I had this book on my to-read list for a while. After my partner read it and liked it, I decided to go for it. I listened to audio-book version which was quite nice in terms of the French names and places as well as accents. The historical basis of this holocaust story was new to me, so de Rosnay captured my attention there. During the first half of the book, she weaves two stories together--one taking place in 1942 and the other in 2003. The weaving was nicely done, and I enjoyed this part of the book, but the second half of the book bogged down. I had trouble believing the narrator's motivation for her quest. I got annoyed by the writer's technique of having the two main characters ask questions as if they were thinking in this manner. I don't think anyone thinks in questions, and though it might be a quirk of one character to do so, the fact that two characters did it made it clearly the writer's style not a character trait. This is a first novel and the writer shows promise, but I don't think she has nailed it yet.

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message 1: by Ellen (new)

Ellen I agree that the concluding chapters in now time were far less effective. 1942, however, is a riveting time in history. Portraying the French people in general as far more culpable in the holocaust was illuminating. It wasn't just the Nazis who could think up horrible stuff to do to people.

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