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Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
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May 31, 09

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Read in May, 2009

Based on the historical part of the novel, I would certainly give a 4.5 if not a 5 ... As a Canadian not Jewish, I feel ignorant about the Holocaust or any war facts (our country went to war but its people never lived a war). I was actually listening to the book (commuting to work) in the weeks that followed my return from Germany where I had visited Dachau. Tears came up while listening...
Unfortunately, the parallel story was SO bad that it took away from the emotion. Specially the second part of the book. I cannot believe that women are still writing stupid stories where women are portrayed as too emotionally involved, not able to think properly … always the same dilemmas (abortion, work, cheating) … that part I would give a 2 on a generous day.
All I could think was: How can you be so disconnected with the horror of the Holocaust as to send your heroin on a selfish voyage of informing a guy about something that may not even be aware of … I am quite surprised since Mme de Rosnay is a literary critic for Psychologies magazine!!! And I am not talking about the 11 years old kid that talks to her mother like she is a grown up person … I don’t know. Maybe there is something that I haven’t understood from what the author was trying to convey.
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Anna I found Zoe's character very believable. My daughter talked the same way to me. She always has. Some of my students, fifth graders, talk the same way, too. We do not always give credit to the kids. I thought that Julia's quest to find William was not that personal; I took it completely differently. It was a reminder to all of us that no steps are too small to help people remember... even if it takes to just follow one guy in some obscure place in Italy. :)

Sylvie I find it sad that kids are no longer kids and need to talk to their parents like if they were adults, about problems that are not theirs. It is great because that shows some maturity from the kid but ... it is sad ... it is not a question of giving credit, but they should not have to take that role. Sorry. Of course this is only my personal opinion and do not in any way judge anyone on their ability of parenting. I do not want to start a debate on the subject. It is not the place or time.

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