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Fire in the Blood by Irène Némirovsky
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Feb 03, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: classics, france
Read in February, 2012 , read count: 1

This is a very short novel, which ends rather abruptly. I imagine if Némirovsky had had more time, she would have expanded the story and perhaps we would have gotten a more polished ending. This first draft is better than the final copy of many books I've read, which speaks to how talented she was.

The novella takes place in a small French village, narrated through the eyes of an older man named Silvio. He wants to just live a quiet life, but some friends of his keep pulling him into the circle of a scandalous affair and its consequences. He reflects on his own younger years and how the fire was in his blood, just like the young people involved in the scandal.

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