Friday, September 18, 2009

book review: Sarah's Key

Sarah’s Key
by Tatiana de Rosnay

A double-sided story, in a sense.

Two plotlines walk hand-in-hand, side-by-side, as you or i, the reader, somewhat stumble between the two.

one: The story of a young girl in France at the time of the holocaust. The round-up of all French Jews leaves her story to unfold.

two: The story of a middle-aged American-born, French-residing journalist in the 90’s.

The language is simple and the easy way that it is written almost makes you forget the weight of the past –

It is history, our history, yet as I finished the book this week, I couldn’t help but critique it in my mind.

Some of the plot lines and the predicable ending – left me thinking more of style then of substance.

With so much potential, and a fascinating subject I cannot say I enjoyed this book as those who encouraged me to read it did, however, I am glad I finished it and now have that portion of history tucked in my mind.

It is a morsel of sadness I do not savor.

This is my book review of Sarah’s Key. Take it or leave it, read it or don’t. But if you do, do tell what you thought.


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