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Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky
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Jun 18, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: 20th-century, fiction, france, war, 1001-books, read-2011, jewish
Read from November 04 to 23, 2011

I thought at times this book might just undo me with its emotional intensity and compassionate description of human nature. Especially as that compassion was directed at the Germans invading France (those same Germans who murdered the author in cold blood before she could finish the novel, begging the question: would she have drawn German soldiers with such compassion had she known what was really going on?). The complexity and moral ambiguity of the narrative left me deeply uncomfortable, but in that way that only really good writing can achieve. A beautiful, exquisitely painful - no, sometimes, just excruciatingly painful - novel. Highly recommended, but not for the faint of heart. I shed a lot of tears over this book and its afterward, which describes the plight of the author's family.
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Reading Progress

11/08/2011 page 65
18.0% "Suspense!" 1 comment
11/17/2011 page 217
59.0% "Gripping and terrifying and I can't stop reading it - GAH!"
11/22/2011 page 310
84.0% "Almost done. If this book doesn't turn me into a blubbering puddle on the BART this evening, I'll be real surprised."
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