Suite Francaise

Suite Francaise

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In 1941, Irene Nemirovsky sat down to write a book that would convey the magnitude of what she was living through by evoking the personal trials of the ordinary citizens of France. She did not live to see her ambition fulfilled, or to know that 65 years later Suite Francaise would be published for the first time and hailed as a masterpiece. Set during a year that begins with France's fall to the Nazis, Suite Francaise is a brilliant depiction of a group of Parisians as they flee the Nazi invasion, and of a rural community under occupation. Suite Francaise was conceived as a four or five-part novel. Although only two sections were finished before her tragic death, they form a book that is beautifully complete in itself.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, 2013
ISBN: 9780804148733
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: Boyd, Carole
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Sep 30, 2016

There is no doubt that Némirovsky was an excellent writer. Her descriptions are so rich. However, her characters are all very unsympathetic, particularity in "A Storm in June." In terms of the audio, I preferred the voice of Barbara Rosenblat, who read "Dolce."

Mar 08, 2015

Part of this I liked - depiction of younger German soldiers had a different aspect than all previous reads. Otherwise, didn't really care for the author.

May 16, 2012

A remarkable tapestry of French lives in 1940-41, written as events were unfolding. The authoress' own fate was just as ironic -- see Wikipedia.


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notTom Dec 16, 2010

Originally intended to be a five-part cycle about life in Nazi-occupied France during World War II, Suite Française consists of the first two parts. The first, entitled “Storm in June”, focuses on chaotic life in Paris just before the imminent Nazi invasion in 1940, while the second, “Dolce”, chronicles French village life under the ensuing German occupation. Sadly, Némirovsky never completed the other three parts of her work, as she was sent to Auschwitz because of her Jewish heritage and died there in July 1942.

Newly discovered and published more than 60 years after it was written, Suite Française stands as an elegant, yet tragic, reminder that life can deliver both beauty and pain amidst the uncertainty of troubled times.


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