Saturday, January 19, 2008

Book review--Suite Francaise

Just a quick note to tell you about an excellent book I just finished reading. Suite Francaiseis a collection of two novellas written by Russian-born author Irene Nemirovsky during the Nazi occupation of France in WWII. It follows the stories of several families during the war, and offers a great deal of insight into the minds of the French at this time. Although I have read many books set in WWII, I felt this book offered a new and well-informed perspective. It moves away from the front lines, away from the larger political arenas, and instead focuses on smaller, personal vignettes. Nemirovsky was of Jewish decent, and despite having converted to Catholicism before the war, was arrested and sent to Auschwitz, where she died in August of 1942. Suite Francaise was published many years after her death by her daughter, who had saved the original manuscripts as a memento of her mother. Included in this version of the book are a series of correspondences from Nemirovsky, her husband, and her publisher, which offer insight into the tragic reality of Nemirovsky's life while she was writing Suite Francaise.


Anonymous said...

I bought this book for my mother for her birthday last year, and she loved, so I read it too, an dloved it too. The letters at the end almost made me cry. All the stories in the book are very touching. I definetly recommend it.

Anonymous said...

This is the book that made me want to read again, I adore all the stories, and it is so sad to know her personal story. An amazing book.