Suite Francaise

by Irene Nemirovsky | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1400044731 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingHARRIETwing of Morrow, Georgia USA on 4/1/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by wingHARRIETwing from Morrow, Georgia USA on Saturday, April 01, 2006
"A Storm in June." 1940 France is chaos as the Nazis are just hours from Paris. Rich, middle class or poor matters little as everyone who can evacuates the city. Writer Gabriel, Father Pericand and several orphans, haughty Charles and several others forge a caravan of pilgrims heading to the countryside in a hope of surviving the ordeal. Parisiennes have no other dreams as their world is gone.

"Dolce." In 1941 the Germans are returning for the third time since easily conquering the French to occupy the village of Bussy. There peasant farm families have lived for generations, but now have many of the urban expatriates residing there also. Regardless of ones roots, everyone from the farmer to the exiled middle class to the Quisling show caution whenever a Nazi is near as the occupation rules even when taboo love blossoms between a local and a German soldier.

This treasure was actually written during the beginning of WWII just prior to the author being sent to die at Auschwitz; her preadolescent daughter rescuing the two segments of Suite already written. Each story tells what life is like from a wide variety of French perspectives and somewhat from the Herman viewpoints during the Nazi occupation of Vichy France. The tales are haunting and gripping yet not quite refined as Irene Nemirovsky never finished her objective, but that lack of refinement adds to the evocative depths of a terrific memorable tale.

Harriet Klausner

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