Thursday, December 3, 2009

Sarah's Key

Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay was one of our Book Club selections. It tells intertwining stories of Sarah, a young Jewish girl in France during WWII and Julia, a modern day journalist investigating the Jewish roundups in Paris during WWII.

Sarah's story of being rounded up and the tragedy of her little brother was riveting and educational. I did not know much about France's involvement with the Nazis and it was shocking learning about it.

However, Julia's story seemed completely trivial and annoying. While Sarah's story is very weighty, Julia's story seemed fluffy and superficial and it was jarring going back and forth between the two.

Plus the events linking Julia and Sarah seemed very contrived and Julia's story was painfully predictable, like a bad romance novel.

However, it was a quick, easy read. Probably worth reading just for Sarah's part of the story. This one's up for grabs!

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