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.
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There are compelling moments in this book, and vivid writing... It's worthy of a read, but probably won't make your all-time favorites list.
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.
This novel tells a story, however fictional, that needs to be told to the current generation. Many young folks think that this could never happen!!! Such things did!
Very interesting and informative. The whole first part was so good. After the author stopped going back and forth in time to tell the story I was not as captivated. Overall a good listen.
Brings to light the French Holocaust of which not many people are aware. The story was a little too coincidental but entertaining.
I'm sad to say I did not know about the round up of Jews in France 1942. This gave me a history lesson. Too much time was spent on Julia and her personal family and problems the fictional part of the book. I would have liked to hear more on this time period in France.