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Friday, August 23, 2013

Book Beginnings: Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

 Today I am linking up to Book Beginnings hosted by Rose City Reader where readers share the first sentence of the current book they are reading.


 "Hot, thought the Parisians. The warm air of spring. It was night, they were at war and there was an air raid. But dawn was near and the war far away."

Suite Francaise has been on my To Read list for many years and I am excited to finally be delving into it. From the introduction, the reader can sense the heaviness not only of the subject matter but also the mental, physical and spiritual weight that will be placed upon the characters as they are staged within a war. I am still in the early pages of this novel but the writing is breathtaking. The scene is set with such elegance that one forgets the bleakness of the situation. I am looking forward to getting lost in this story.

About the Book: Beginning in Paris on the eve of the Nazi occupation in 1940, Suite Francaise tells the remarkable story of men and women thrown together in circumstances beyond their control. As Parisians flee the city, human folly surfaces in every imaginable way: a wealthy mother searches for sweets in a town without food; a couple is terrified at the thought of losing their jobs, even as their world begins to fall apart. Moving on to a provincial village now occupied by German soldiers, the locals must learn to coexist with the enemy- in their town, their homes, even in their hearts.
     When Irene Nemirovsky began working on Suite Francaise, she was already a highly successful writer living in Paris. But she was also a Jew, and in 1942 she was arrested and deported to Auschwitz, where she died. For sixty-four years, this novel remained hidden and unknown.

Happy Reading,
Rebecca 

8 comments:

  1. Hi Rebecca,

    I found you through "Rose City Readers" and have been following you ever since.

    Great description of the book. I also really liked it. What a shame she couldn't finish her project, would have been one of the best accounts of WWII, I am sure.

    If you are interested in my review, here it is: Suite Française

    Marianne from Let's Read

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting Marianne! Yes- the project would have been phenomenal had she been able to finish it. I am finding it so fascinating that she was able to write these stories as fiction as the war was unfolding around her. I will definitely check out your review...after I finish the book. I don't want any spoilers :)
      Happy Reading,
      Rebecca

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    2. That is definitely a good decision. I try not to give spoilers but one never knows what someone else writes that you don't want to know about, yet. Also, if you want to make up your own mind, it's always better not to know what others think.

      We try that in our RL book club, not to talk about the book with anyone before the meeting. Isn't always easy, doesn't always happen but it's much more fun that way.

      Looking forward to your "visit".

      Marianne from Let's Read

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  2. This novel has been highly recommened to me by fellow readers, and has been on my to read pile a long time. Another book that I must get started on soon.

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  3. I have always wanted to read this one also. I see stress and hopefulness in the beginning. Dawn must have seemed far away.

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  4. I, too, have been meaning to read this book. I know I have a copy in one of my book stacks. Hope you enjoy it.

    Here's my Friday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2013/08/friday-focus-friday-56-book-beginnings_23.html

    I'm a new follower on Bloglovin'

    Catherine @ Book Club Librarian
    http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/

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  5. I love books set in Paris...and in this time period. Thanks for sharing! Here's MY FRIDAY MEMES POST

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