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Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky
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Jan 17, 2009

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The author's story is remarkable -- she was a Ukrainian-born Jew who was deported to Auschwitz just months after finishing the novel -- and that accounted for all the buzz the novel got a year or two ago. The book itself is good, though it sometimes reads a very extended feuilleton. It offers a thought-provoking portrait of the French under German occupation in the early 1940s, and a sometimes encouraging, sometimes dispiriting depiction of human nature in war.
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