Book Review: Sarah's Key

Sarah's KeySarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Everything is connected... no one thing can change by itself. (Paul Hawken)

Julia Jarmond is a 45-year-old American ex-pat living with her husband and daughter in Paris and working as a journalist. When her editor assigns her the task of researching the story of the French government's 1942 roundup of Jews to the VĂ©lodrome d'Hiver and later deportation to their deaths at Auschwitz, she finds herself simultaneously tasked with researching the story of her own life and coming to terms with truths that are as ugly as they are unavoidable.

Tatiana de Rosnay's debut novel weaves together the story of 10-year-old Sarah, whose family was swept away from her in the roundup, the story of Julia's in-laws, and the story of Julia herself. As Julia breaks challenges the taboos of silence surrounding the Paris round-up, she also challenges the silence between herself and her husband, among her in-laws, and within herself. The truth, once exposed, will not be avoided. The truth, once confronted, changes lives forever, and sometimes for the better.

De Rosnay's novel reaches deeply and compassionately into the grief of the Holocaust as one child experienced it and finds in those ruins of the human soul honest, fragile poetry.

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  1. What happened in Germany is an old story and they have places to go where the hair is piled up in a big room to show just how many people died and suffered.
    It pays to keep the young informed of this history so its not repeated in the free world.
    Yesterday I saw a movie on Sharia law and how people were arrested and put in jail for having sex outside marriage, running away from home because of abuse and taking in a run away girl.
    Its an absolute joke how they say people cannot be sold but they buy and sell women every day there and if the family doesn't like them they beat them and keep them for servants and baby making machines.
    Even today this is true A woman has no voice unless she supports Islam.
    I think today the young people see the hypocracy of this religion and it will die unless fanatics continue to rule and kill people with any kind of intelligence.
    In Islam as they showed it, no one is allowed to think.
    The judge said if people are allowed to break the laws the society will disintegrate.
    Well they do not tell people that the end result is up to the people and laws and punishment only promote more dissent.
    People are not animals. If they were, we would not have the Adam and Eve story.
    Man does not take no for an answer. Man wants to come to his own conclusions. It's ;ike you cannot stop a smoker or an alcoholic from smoking and drinking. He has to want to stop.
    All I could do watching Afghanistan yesterday was shake my head.

  2. nice review-

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  3. sounds like a gripping novel...

  4. Good review. You managed to convey the essence of the story and why you liked it in just a few words.


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