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Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky
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Mar 04, 09

Read in February, 2009

This is a book about people. Stereotypes and what they did during the sudden evacuation of Paris when they were told the Germans were coming to occupy it. I loved Nemirovsky's style. She wrote the characters' thoughts so well I really enjoyed her ironic way of showing both foibles and strengths. Some of the stereotypes are poor, rich, educated, French, German, religious, etc. and I think she made the actions so very believable. She wrote this during the war itself and in the notes in the appendix she mentions how difficult it is not knowing how and when her novel's historical aspects will end. The appendices are very important to the complete enjoyment and understanding of this incomplete work. She used Tolstoy both to inspire her (and she had things she wanted to improve upon in Tolstoy) and though I've not read or studied enough of Tolstoy to make a fair comparison, the scope, breadth, and especially characterizations seem very like. (Not to mention all the marital infidelities!)
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message 1: by Marilyn (new)

Marilyn please review. xo


Susan funny, I wrote it up, but it's not here, thanks for pointing that out.




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