Just one of the possible millions of stories that took place during the Holocaust. Well written and developed, the audible version provided a way around the effort of having to pronounce French words and places for non-French speaking individuals. The pervasive sadness of the story was balanced with the joy of a new child and was a welcome event.
The author did an incredible job of telling the story and blending the times together. The narrator truly brought the characters to life. Thanks for a great moving tale, I think this will top my list at book club!
Without a doubt, Sarah's Key is the best book I have listened to or read in many many years. Readers are swept back into France of 1942 from the very first words and at the end, you are left wishing for more. The reader, Polly Stone, does an excellent job of portraying each individual character and one is never confused as to which character is speaking. This book will haunt me - and you - for years to come. Exceptional!
Everyone should read this important book that does a great job of bringing the horrors of this time in history to life. I've never heard or read about what happened to the Jews in France. The French looked the other way, just as the average German person did....an important lesson for us all! I'm amazed that this piece of the war story is not more widely known!
I usually only listen to my audio books while I am driving to and from work. This book was an exception. I had to listen in bed at night, in the morning before I would get up. I just couldn't put it down. Now I am done and I already miss having this story to listen to. Very engaging and very touching story, exceptionally well written!
This isn't a book that you can "like". The events of 1942, told by 10-year-old Sarah, are stark, tragic and horrific -- I don't think you can read that and say, "Gee, I like that book!" So, although I won't say I liked it I will say it was compelling. The beginning of the book alternates between 1942 and 2002 -- this part of the book was a very good and interesting read; however when 2002 takes over and we are "stuck" with Julia, the book for me takes a sharp downward turn.
I agree with another reviewer that the Julia character is trivial. Beyond trivial at times! Her constant self doubt is overplayed and annoying...Did I still love my husband? I could not say; Did I still want this child? I did not know...Enough!
Sarah deserved a much stronger advocate.
I will say, however, that I do think about the book and it did open my eyes to truly tragic events that I did not know about. Also it prompted me to learn more about the events of July 1942. The book definitely has merit, but as I said in my title, it's about 200 pages too long.
As for rating the book: Lately I find myself using food...so here goes. For me, this book starts out a strong 'meat and potatoes' story; something you can sink your teeth into, something you want to read. But at some point the author apparently lost track of what book she was writing and didn't know what to put in and -- even more to the point -- what to leave out. So she put everything in...ridiculous, meandering, unbelievable story lines, characters and events that have nothing to do with the story at hand...she simply didn't know where to stop or how to edit herself. So she took what was and could have been a real 'meat and potatoes' plate, threw everything she could think of into the pot and eventually wound up with a big bowl of stew! Stew's not so bad...there's still meat and potatoes in there, it's just all mushed up with everything else.
Would I recommend it? Yeah -- although not completely wholeheartedly.
A book to provoke thought and insight into the times of many years ago. I enjoyed the book and was glad to increase my memory of events that happen about the time I was born. It mades us determine to never again allow these events to happen to people and sit by never trying to stop them. It is a learning experience and brings us back to the possibility that we are responsible for injustice to others.
What a wonderful story. Made me stop and realize how many events pass by and we have no idea what some people are really working through. May God bless all those who have suffered through such horrible times. The story line keeps you interested and moves fast. An enjoyable book and strongly recomend it.