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Title: Sarah's Key
Authors: De Rosnay,Tatiana
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 294
Year: 2008
Language: English
Description: Paris, July 1942. Sarah, a 10 year old girl, is taken with her parents by the French police as they go door to door arresting Jewish families in the middle of the night. Desperate to protect her younger brother, Sarah locks him in a bedroom cupboard - their secret hiding place - and promises to come back for him as soon as they are released. Sixty years later, Sarah's story intertwines with that of Julia Jarmond, a journalist investigating the round-up. Sarah's Key is an emotionally gripping story of two families forever linked to, and haunted by one of the darkest days in France's past. [Taken from book cover.] What's Hot - February 2013


Comments from Groups:

The whole group adored this book and were moved by the suffering of the French children during WW2. Whiritoa 001

Loved the book...We acknowledge the suffering. Promise to tell our children. Christchurch 279

The book was easy to discuss because there were so many aspects to it... A tragic story – well written. Hamilton 026

It was a most compelling read and invoked a good discussion and interest in the movie. Te Pirita 001

Loved it - cried, despaired, learnt. New Plymouth 012

A great book, sad, ugly and it provoked a great deal of anger towards mans inhumanity. The character of Sarah was well drawn and we felt protective of her. Long discussion. Auckland 271

Categories: Fiction, War theme, Family Saga, Grief/loss, Tragedy/disaster, France, What's Hot, Popular Book with Groups, Jewish Culture

Reviews

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By: ASHB 016 2018-03-23 18:15:33
5 
All bar one loved this book - even though it was sad and tragic. Most of us were traumatised by the wee boy being left behind and none of us can imagine how she must've felt but weren't surprised she could not live with herself. Also not surprised that she had created a new life and told no-one. A great conversation about all sorts of things and how it was even allowed to happen (fear we thought). Enjoyed the old and the new and it made it quick to read. Lots of emotion for the reader to come to terms with. We all got a little annoyed with the ending and felt it was a bit weak.

By: NELS 044 2018-02-08 14:46:57
5 
Voted the BDS book of the year by our group.

By: RICH 005 2018-02-08 14:46:08
4 
Based as it is on a Jewish child's experience in a Nazi camp during the war, we knew this was not going to be an easy read, and for some of our older members it was just too difficult. 'Sarah's Key' provided a lively discussion amongst the rest of us. None of us had any knowledge of the factual events in France that this story was based on. It was well written and thought-provoking. Helpful to have the chapters from past and present in different type.

By: AUCK 314 2018-02-08 14:35:16
5 
Most of us enjoyed reading the book, but the discussion at the meeting was exceptional. Not only did we discuss the book, but also the history of the war, Germany, ANZAC Day, our grandparents, current affairs and the technological revolution etc. Having the questions as a framework really broadened the experience of the book.

By: INVER 017 2018-02-08 14:32:24
4.5 
We all found the book a heart-breaking read. Despite that, there was learning for us all, particularly the role the French police played in the arrest and murder of the Jewish people in France. A lively discussion to end our year on.

By: PALMN 004 2018-02-08 14:28:04
3.5 
Our group was shocked to learn from this novel that the French police had been implicated in the extermination of Jewish families in 1942. This led to a discussion of the persecution of the Jews over the centuries, and why so much prejudice could have developed. Some really enjoyed the book with its two voices, but others found it a rather contrived story with too many coincidences.

By: TEAWA 003 2018-02-08 14:22:33
5 
Everyone loved this book! It made us wonder how many more painful histories, like France's Vel d'Hir, lie still hidden, yet to be faced. We really liked the structure, with the short chapters moving back and forth from the 1940s to the present day. Highly recommended!

By: AUCK 302 2018-02-08 14:18:44
5 
We all loved the book and found it hard to put down. It is a tear-jerker though!

By: WANG 008 2018-02-08 14:16:59
5 
Those who had seen the film were doubtful about reading the book, but were pleasantly surprised. All members thoroughly enjoyed the book, and its different voices. It flowed well and could be read over a short time period.

By: QUEEN 010 2018-02-08 14:12:41
5 
The whole group rated this book really highly, and everyone found it gripping. The discussion questions led to a lengthy and in-depth dissection of the themes of the book and the plight of the Jews during the Second World War. We digressed on to personal and family experiences of war and death, and how to find solace after a crisis. It really did lead on to a very open and frank sharing of ideas and emotions.

By: AUCK 107 2018-02-08 14:08:58
4 
Everyone enjoyed reading this book, although most found it sad/upsetting. It prompted a lot of discussion on many topics - history, writing style, plot lines, emotional triggers and contemporary events, etc. It is rare for our group to have a book that has everyone wanting to talk about it, and to explore other people's reactions to it as much as this one did.

By: CHCH 361 2018-02-08 13:58:46
4.5 
A great book, loved by all but one. An easy but disturbing read, which was well written and easy to follow. Tragic story. Ending not so great - too twee!

 
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