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“This is an incredible work of fiction set in Paris France in the present and the past--July, 1942 to be exact, when 10,000 some odd Jews were rounded up in Paris and sent to camps, and ultimately Auschwitz. 4000 children were included in the Vel d'Hiv roundup, cruelly separated from their...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Having seen many rave reviews online, I was expecting Sarah's Key to be a great read. Let's just say it fell short of my expectations. While Tatiana de Rosnay did manage to shed light on a horrific yet little known story of French complicity in the Holocaust, her writing felt very manipulative,...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Soooooo good and exciting!!!!”Emma Christopher wrote this review 3 hours ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was a great book and I really liked it ”Samantha Eichelberger wrote this review 3 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It's a story, actually two stories, that revolve around something that happened at the Vel d'Hiv, a big round-up of Jews by the French Vichy regime, who ended up being transported to Auschwitz for the larger part. Sarah, a ten year old girl hides her brother in the cupboard en shuts it to keep him safe, thinking she will return soon. Alternating with the story of this girl, we get the story of an American jounalist, Julia, investigating the Vel d'Hiv. Gradually she finds out that her story is entangled with that of Sarah.”Gil Lissens wrote this review 10 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Each chapter that described Sarah's experiences was riveting, emotional, and horrifying all at the same time. I had not previously been aware of this incident in France during WWII and was glad to read it's history. I became involved with this character so much it pained me to hear of her experiences. The interesting aspect of this novel was how there are two main characters. The way in which their lives interconnect makes it even more appealing.”ADELAIDE S wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is another great historical fiction book. The setting is very sad as this book depicts Vel’ d’Hiv’ and the Holocaust. The story line takes place both in France both past and present day. I'm not going to lie, this is another tear jerk-er that you will pull at your heart BUT you won't want to put it down.”Kathy Wilson wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A truly extraordinary story of WWII and the appalling events that occurred in Paris, perpetrated by the French against the French. Shocking. Remarkable. ”lynchenglish wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really enjoyed this read. Well almost. For the most part, I really enjoyed how the Tezacs and Sarah’s family are intertwined from past to present. The writing in the book is excellent and the plot itself is compelling enough to keep you engaged and reading until you finish. It may not be a very well known particular incident in Holocaust history and definitely worth looking into for more information - I myself didn’t know much about it until I read the book.
The perspective switches from Sarah to Julia. Naturally, Sarah’s story is much more interesting and compelling. You feel for her situation and her poor brother and can only think of the worst possible scenarios for her. I admired her for her determination and strength for a girl her age. It was such a great story to read and I loved it when I reached the sections featuring Sarah.
I wish I could say the same for Julia though. I didn’t care too much except for when it linked her family with Sarah’s. However the parts with Julia’s marital issues with her family? not my sort of thing and wasn’t much to my liking. I mean, okay good for her for standing up to her decisions and whatnot, but it wasn’t as interesting. Plus, towards the ending, Julia became whiny and her story just dragged too much. I was rather hoping for more about Sarah and what she did in greater detail after the war.
Overall, worth a try. I didn’t try the movie and don’t think I want to. I think once of Julia is enough for me. :)
“My bestfriend read this. She said it was an awesome book. I plan on reading this sometime soon! I enjoy learning about the holocaust”Erica wrote this review Monday, November 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great book!!”AStevenson wrote this review Saturday, October 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No