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Sarah's Key

14 Ratings: 3.2

Starred Review.De Rosnay's U.S. debut fictionalizes the 1942 Paris roundups and deportations, in which thousands of Jewish families were arrested, held at the Vélodrome d'Hiver outside the city, then transported to Auschwitz. Forty-five-year-old … see full wiki

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Author: Tatiana de Rosnay
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
8 reviews about Sarah's Key
review by . July 06, 2010
This is a story that was both emotionally difficult to read, yet important to our history. While the story itself is fiction, the historical events described in the book are sadly all true. The setting is during World War II, and the Vel d'Hiv Roundup, when over 10,000 children and their families were taken from French homes and sent to concentration camps. The Vel d’Hiv is not commonly known, as it was French police that sent the children away, not Nazi soldiers. Sarah’s Key tells …
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Tear-jerker, but something everyone should remember.
review by . February 08, 2010
Do you choose books by their covers? I remember looking many times at Sara's Key in the store. The cover has a very French-looking image, slightly sepia-toned, of a small boy and girl running where parents might ask them to walk, with the Eiffel Tower standing tall in the distant sky. It intrigued me, but the words, such as "profoundly moving...morally challenging...nothing short of miraculous..." underneath weren't enough to encourage me to buy.      Luckily …
review by . November 26, 2008
A modern day American journalist becomes obsessed with the near-forgotten round up of Jews living in Paris in July 1942 (later to be sent to Auchwitz) and more specifically, the plight of a desperate young Jewish girl, Sarah.     This mesmerizing story unfolds through chapters bouncing between the perspectives of Julia (the journalist) and Sarah (the Jewish girl). Julia discovers a personal connection to the young girl that threatens her relationship between herself and her husband's …
review by . November 20, 2008
Tatiana de Rosnay has created a powerful addition to holocaust literature in this moving story of a child and a woman, half a century apart, linked by wrenching events in France during World War II. Many readers may have been unaware of the extent of collaboration between France's Vichy government and the German Nazi occupiers, and few are likely to have read of the round-up of Jews in Paris which comprises the core event in this book.    This is first rate fiction and de Rosnay …
review by . November 10, 2008
Tatiana de Rosnay really painted herself into a corner when she decided on the structure of Sarah's Key, her touching portrayal of one of the darkest incidents in French history, the July 16, 1942 roundup of Parisian Jews by the French police for their eventual transport to the Auschwitz death camp. De Rosnay chose to tell her tragic story by alternating the first person narrative of Sarah Starzynski, a little girl caught up in the roundup with her family, and Julia Jarmond a journalist assigned …
review by . October 08, 2008
The story of Sarah captured my imagination for several days. I had anticipated a quick read, but I became so involved with Sarah and Julia, the main characters, that I was carried away by this book. It is an emotional and sometimes difficult novel, but well worth your time. The characters are very real, the story true to history, and the writing excellent.     I feel that the narrative flowed naturally through most of the story. The last few chapters were a bit forced, but the …
review by . October 07, 2008
Before reading this novel, I knew little about the efforts of the French government to round up and deport Jews from Paris; reading this fictional account was a chilling reminder of the horrors of the Holocaust. As modern-day protagonist Julia unravels the sad tale of Sarah, a ten year old Jewish girl taken from Paris during the Vel' d'Div', she also unravels the story of her French husband and his family. Working through unexpected life changes (including her husband's infidelity) and struggling …
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