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Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
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Oct 31, 2011

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Sarah’s Key takes place in Paris. For the first half of the book it jumps back and forth between Paris, 1942 and Paris, 2002. The story revolves around the round-up at the Velodrome d’Hiver (Vel’ d’Hiv) which occurred in July, 1942, and was organized by the Vichy government. As the book describes, French police, not Nazis, were responsible for rounding up thousands of Jews, including many thousands of children, who were then eventually sent to Auschwitz. The book jumps between story of a little girl who was caught up in the Vel’d'Hiv round-up with her parents and the story of Julia, an American journalist living in France, married to a boor of a Frenchman. As the book continues, the connection between the little girl and Julia’s in-laws unfolds. That there is a connection, and what the connection ends up being, is fairly predictable, but that didn’t spoil the story. I preferred the third person voice that carried the narrative of the little girl’s story to the first person voice used by Julia, but found the entire book enticing. I thought that the ending in particular was rather brave, considering that it doesn’t end as happily as it could of, but rather much more honestly. In general, I thought that the quality of the writing was not exceptional, but it was a pretty good read and provided an honest, brutal look into a rather shameful part of French history.

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