Interesting to read the description of the breakdown of the lines between high and low, rich and poor, workers and the elite.
3 day book sale. Haul from day 1. I will be back. đŹ. I grabbed Suite Francais because when I listened to it on audiobook I knew nothing about it so the ending intrigued/ surprised me and this copy has an interesting bunch of appendixes that I am looking forward perusing for closure lol!
1. Tagged. Been on my shelf for over a decade and just can't seem to make it into my hands.
2. I just don't read anything twice. Too many to read once.
3. Just the ones at the house now? over 200
4. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly--superb
5. rave on, Littens!
Thanks, you sweet @KarenUK for the tag. Been so busy I've neglected Litsy.
âWhen Irene Nemirovsky began working on Suite Francaise, she was already a highly successful writer living in Paris. But she was also a Jew, and in 1942 she was arrested and deported to Auschwitz, where she died. For sixty-four years, this novel remained hidden and unknown.â The best part of the book is the appendices. Appendix I is Irene Nemirovsky's handwritten notes and Appendix II is written correspondence. #1001books. #ReadingtheWorld
The first part this book depicts life of Parisian refugees fleeing the German occupation of Paris. The author follows different families as they try to survive life on the road. The second part of the book shows a glimpse of the life in a French village that is occupied by the Germans. This book was published posthumously and I would have loved to read the author‘s finished manuscript.
#everybreatheyoutake, I‘ll be watching you.â
Wonderful friends will give you books for Christmas... but only the most wonderful of friends will give books to your family members as well! When Branwen heard that my father is a history buff and reads a lot about World War II, she was thoughtful enough to send him this historical novel! Thank you for always being so kind and considerate, Becky, you‘re a superhero even Supergirl and Batgirl could look up to! đ
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Thank you so much for the replacement #JustABookSwap box @Samplergal !!! I have not heard of this book before and it looks SO GOOD!!! Thank you so much for choosing it for me đ I have a few books I progress, but I hope to start it soon. Thanks for making my day!!
#backpackeurope travelogue *fictional*
Country 50: back to France. In honor of my countryside-set book, visited multiple locations in the countryside/coastline, such as Nice, Cannes, Saint-Tropez, and Marseille. Too bad I missed the Cannes Film Festival!
Nemirovsky's story is so sad - she is a talented writer who was killed in Auschwitz. Her writing feels urgent, and was left unfinished. Good but I found her own story more compelling. 3/5
Such a great look at the crowds fleeing Paris in June 1942, and of a town in occupied France. Written shortly after and during the time these events were occurring, Nemirovsky never got the chance to finish her 5-part book. These are the first 2 parts. Her notes for the other 3 parts are appendix 1. 2 days after her last note she was arrested. She died at Auschwitz a month later. The survival of the manuscript is a story itself. #1001books
In 1942 Nemirovsky wrote these notes (included as Appendix 1) about the rest of the parts of this book. She only finished 2 of the 5 parts, having been arrested a month after writing these notes. She died in Auschwitz a month later. We are now much closer to 2052 than to 1952. #1001books
Most of my stack for #readyourgenes...The Welsh Girl still hasn‘t arrived from paperbackswap. đĽ
Loved it! What is an amazing story was only a draft, as this was to be a five part story. The author was arrested and murdered in Auschwitz before she could complete the book. This was only found years later. This magical writing was a draft.
Starting this for book club this month. This is the second of three Nazi books of recent. I love the history but in This political climate...I‘ve heard good things about this one.
Half my stack for my upcoming #readyourgenes challenge! Scotland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Portugal have arrived...waiting for Wales, Norway, Greece, Turkey, and Denmark.
This was an incredible book for many different reasons. The book itself is a masterfully told work that lets us witness the evacuation of Paris in 1940 prior to the Nazi occupation and then a glimpse of life in the French countryside during the occupation. The story behind the book‘s publication and the death of the author in Auschwitz makes this book all the more poignant. It is a real tribute to the power of the human spirit.
When I started reading this I had no idea about the life story of the author or how this book came into being that was put right by the notes and correspondence added after the story had finished.
It is tragic that this gifted author never got to write the book she wanted and had envisioned as based on her notes that would have been an amazing book.
I cried when I learned what had happened to her and her family. đ
A book about World War Two, written before the war was over. The author planned for the book to be longer, but was killed in the course of the war before she could finish it. It was interesting to see what people notice about what is important around them, vs what we focus on with hindsight.
This is really two different novels in one. I had read a review that said the second part wasn‘t as good as the first, so I stalled a bit. But, just goes to show you shouldn‘t believe everything you read, I think I preferred the second one...!
Irène‘s style is almost factual and quite detached (perhaps evident due to the fact that the novels weren‘t finished?) ... cont
Going to Paris next week, thought I should read something themed!
About the author:
âIn 1918 her family fled the Russian Revolution for France where she became a bestselling novelist. Prevented from publishing when the Germans occupied France in 1940, she moved with her husband and two small daughters from Paris to the safety of [...] German occupied territory. It was here that Iréne began writing Suite Française. She died in Auschwitz in 1942.â
My first read for the @bookriot Read Harder Challenge. This one was for the âPublished Posthumouslyâ category. I am a huge WW2 buff, but the German occupation of France is a topic I haven‘t read much about, so that made this even more interesting.
Went post holiday sale shopping with the kids and my mom. We all had some B&N gift cards and we went thrift store shopping, so this is our book haul for the day. The 3 kids books had already been read by the time we got home. #raisingreaders
#bookhaul so there was a Christmas charity bazaar today and I had to buy some books! I controlled myself since I am technically on a book-buying ban! 10 books for 5 euros!! Bargain!
In three weeks, I've managed to read five books on my #TBRBingo card. I'm quite pleased about that! âşď¸
Now that @halloweengoespostal is over, seems like a good time to start a book from my #summersantagoespostal package. đ Thanks again @robothugs and @WanderingBookaneer for being such thoughtful gift givers and book lovers!
Excited! It's been on my #TBR for eons! And now the time is right.đ¤ˇ
@BarbaraBB here are my 5-star predictions! I am very hopeful about these, even though I am super stingy with 5 star ratings! I am tagging some people to participate, though you have probably been tagged earlier. If so, sorry!! @Marchpane @JenP @TheNextBook @ReadingEnvy
I think this would have made a great novel had she lived to write it the way she intended đsaying that I liked the second part of the book better than the first but I have to admit it felt more often than not that I was reading it just to finish it. It didn't make me feel like I couldn't wait to pick it up again. I don't know what it was, maybe the numerous characters or the fact it's an unfinished novel but I just didn't really connect with it.