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3.63  ·  Rating details ·  2,378 ratings  ·  239 reviews
"Тайна" на Филип Гримбер е истинска история за трагичната съдба на едно семейство, белязано завинаги от ужасите на Втората световна война.
Юношеското израстване на автора/герой Филип е свързано с мъчителен анализ на едно идилично семейно съществуване. Прекалено идилично, за да не крие в себе си някаква мрачна тайна. Той случайно научава, че истинската му фамилия е Гримбер,
Paperback, 148 pages
Published 2010 by Paradox (first published January 1st 2004)
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A haunting story of a boy who senses something held back from him from those around him, it is post-war Paris, he is an only child who imagines he has a make-believe brother, and he sees things from his perspective as well as his own, fights with him even.

He notices his mother's silences, his father's sadness. They are athletic, good looking parents, but they have birthed him, a delicate child they must keep from the jaws of death.
I survived, thanks to the care of doctors and the love of my moth
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I went to the Holocaust Museum here in Dallas, TX the other day. They had a special exhibit, about the children of the Holocaust. I was fortunate to hear, Mike Jacobs' speak about his experience in the prison camps, he has written a book called, "Holocaust Survivor," that I purchased after hearing him speak. He was a child in the Holocaust, 14 years of age when the Nazis marched into his world. As was said by Brasillach during the war: "Above all, don't forget about the little ones." (pg 150)

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Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as part of my project to read every book that has ever won the Prix Goncourt des lycéens…

“Un Secret” is not a long book. At first glance, it looks simply to be the story of a young Philippe Grimbert, born in late 1940’s France, who invents an imaginary older brother to compensate for his self-esteem issues…

As the story progresses, it seems to develop into a look back at the life of M. Grimbert’s parents- namely, how they met and fall in love. However, the book soon takes a very
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I normally avoid books about World War 2 as they are so sad, but this book intrigued me. It is so powerful, so emotional, and yes, so sad. This is a fictionalized version of true events the author lived with - the knowledge that at one time he had a brother killed in a concentration camp in Germany, a secret his parents never told him but which he discovered anyway. He grew up thinking things that were not true, things hidden from him out of love and protection.

Wow, this book was sad and powerfu
Jun 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good friend of mine recommended this book, one of her favorite books of all time, to me. She said it could possibly change my life to read it. I don’t know about you, but I am all for reading books that could shake the psychic ground beneath me.

And so I immediately bought it. It is a tiny book, less than 150 pages and the pages are about 6″x4″, the size of large index cards–but oh my, it covers so much psychic and narrative ground in that spare ground! It is full of soul. And it makes me want
Nov 20, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extremely moving. Brings back in our life the past that we, as French people, cannot get away from, and which comes back to haunt us, no matter what. History through the lense of a very personal and intimate story always seems more poignant. Grimbert's story, told in simple, effective ways, avoids the fake pathos that would spoil the emotion, and delivers a brutally powerful tale.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-books
This one story is just stupefying... The author made it perfect and easy to understand !
I am shook
Read it :)
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A French psychoanalyst and writer creates a fictional but autobiographical account of his family history amidst the horror of the Nazi occupation of France. It is a small pocket size book, sparse but powerful. Written from the prospective of a child as he discovers the devastating affect the war had upon his family. The surviving family members rely on secrets as surely a survival mechanism learned during and after the war trying to heal scars impossible to heal. Is left to their child to sort i ...more
Mar 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised at what a quick read this was. Although it was quick it touches on very deep issues. While all books concerning the treatment of Jewish people in areas of Europe during WWII are devastating and sad this book didn't go into the more depressing and gory aspects of the experience which lots of books do. Of course, like any book with this topic its story was sad and touching but it contained the element of healing on the part of the narrator which was a touching element to the book. ...more
Finally done.
It wasn't a bad book, the topic was even pretty interesting. But I didn't really understand all of it as it was in French. Maybe that's also why I found it rather boring at times.
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic little book. I read it in one afternoon. This book is a memoir, written by a young boy as he comes to terms with the sectrets of his family. He is a lonely, sickly little boy, growing up after WW2. He makes up his family's history as his parents don't like talking about their past. His version of their history is lovely, full of warmth and love. When he learns the truth at 15 from a family friend, his world turns upside down. His version couldn't have been further from the truth ...more
Nancy H
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A well-written book, this novel tells the story of a Jewish boy in post WW-II whose parents kept his identity and their past hidden from him. He gradually finds out from his neighbor and aunt that he had a brother whom the Nazis killed, along with his father's first wife. Though short, it is a complex story that brings to the reader the horror and never-ending heartbreak caused by that war.
Finne Minnart
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It started up slow and isn't written in the easiest French but I liked the story
Although Philippe Grimbert’s book, Memory, claims to be a novel, the story has the ring of truth.

Although an only child, for many years I had a brother. Holiday friends and casual acquaintances had no option but to take my word for it. I had a brother. Stronger and better looking. An older brother, invisible and glorious.

Grimbert’s novel is the story of a family. The narrator, a sickly child of athletic and beautiful parents whose “every muscle had been buffed and toned”, recounts the family’s h
Jun 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

It's easy to finish this slim volume in one sitting. But resist that urge--Memory is best savored over several sessions. Previously published as Secret, this little book is a catharsis for a deep family secret.

Philippe Grimert, a Parisian psychoanalyst, blurs fiction and autobiography in a sparse, lyrical telling of growing up as the sickly only child of beautifully athletic parents in postwar France. On his fifteenth birthday he learns from an old family friend about his family's survival duri

Jul 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A slim novel, Memory is translated from the original French. It was published first in the UK in English as "Secret." It's a novel that reads like a memoir, especially because the subject's first name is never spoken but his family name is the same as the author's. The timing/age of the author based on his jacket photo also make it confusing.

It's a novel about a family secret having to do with The Holocaust and missing family members. Some clunky writing in places, likely due to the translations
Sep 10, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was heart-rendering, but also sexist and exploitative. As a book of fiction, I felt it was masquerading as a non-fiction work and would have assumed it to be so if it hadn't been labeled. Although based on true events, introducing ambiguity when talking about the Holocaust removes it from the real world and leaves it vulnerable to sensationalism. Mr. Grimbert wants to reclaim his last name, "Grinberg," but he never publishes under that name and uses his imagination to fill in gaps betw ...more
Oct 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very short but powerful novel (much of which I believe is actually autobiographical) about a fifteen year old boy who learns about his family's sorrow and history during the Holocaust. Self described as weak and sickly, Phillipe has always imagined an older brother - stronger, athletic (like his parents), and protective. He learns from a neighbor and family friend that the carefully constructed life his parents told him was fiction, and his dreams of a brother were true. Translated from French ...more
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Jan 14, 2009 added it  ·  review of another edition
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This haunting novel was one of my favorites of last year. Based on the author's own family history, it's the story of a family haunted by the secrets of their past: an illicit love affair,a lost child, and a devastating betrayal dating back to the Second World War. Now in paperback, it's a perfect choice for book groups.

Philippe Grimbert is psychanalyste.Writer uses his expertise in the book when he tells the events through the eyes of characters.He is telling a tragedy that you discover with the writer.The writer draws your attention on how the characters feel,think and react but not the events.
This is the first novel I read in french and it was a different experience.
Sep 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a short but interesting novel, loosely based on the author's true experience. At age 15, he discovers his parents' true past and Jewish background that they had hidden from him. They had created a whole false past of what had happened during WWII.
Miranda Rosbach
Jul 07, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those that want a quick read
Recommended to Miranda by: publisher
Why it received multiple awards I'm still trying to figure that out... the character development lacked authenticity.
Oct 05, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
I read the english version, "Memory".
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was okay! It was pretty interesting. But it didn't really grab my attention the way I was hoping it would.
Caroline jgg
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is such a moving story ! Loved it
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This ended up being quite a beautiful story :')
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you’re looking for a book that is a quick read but will linger in your thoughts long after you’ve returned it, Memory may be the book for you. I read this book in two short afternoons, but have been thinking about its little nuances for months resulting in this review.

The story involves the unraveling of a families’ past through the eyes of a quiet, reserved boy of fifteen. The secrets he seeks to unlock involve his parents and their lives as Jews during WWII France. Our protagonist has alway
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The vigor I lacked for physical activities became incandescent when, pen in hand, I filled those pages with invented stories. Sometimes they were intimately about me – family tales, parental exploits – sometimes they became horrific stories sprinkled with torture, death, and reunion: crazy games and tear-soaked sagas.”

'Memory' is the story of a family haunted by the secret of their past: an illicit love affair, a lost child, and a devastating betrayal dating back to the Second World War in Par
Robbe De
Apr 16, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Un secret by Philippe Grimbert

It is not because it is French it is a disaster.

The book is about a French Jewish boy that lives with his parents in France. He is living a normal life as a lonely child and always imagine a bigger brother who is perfect. After a while he finds this weird looking doll and immediately falls in love with it. Together with this doll come a lot of questions about his parents their past. He finds a part of the answers at his neighbors house. The old woman that lives next
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