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Sarah's Key [Kindle Edition]

Tatiana de Rosnay
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Released in 2010 as a major motion picture starring Kristin Scott Thomas.

Paris, July 1942. Sarah, a ten year-old Jewish girl, is arrested by the French police in the middle of the night, along with her mother and father. Desperate to protect her younger brother, she locks him in a cupboard and promises to come back for him as soon as she can.

Paris, May 2002. Julia Jarmond, an American journalist, is asked to write about the 60th anniversary of the Vel' d'Hiv' - the infamous day in 1942 when French police rounded up thousands of Jewish men, women and children, in order to send them to concentration camps. Sarah's Key is the poignant story of two families, forever linked and haunted by one of the darkest days in France's past. In this emotionally intense, page-turning novel, Tatiana de Rosnay reveals the guilt brought on by long-buried secrets and the damage that the truth can inflict when they finally come unravelled.

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-Risa Miller, author of "Welcome to Heavenly Heights"

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'Masterly and compelling, it is not something that readers will quickly forget. Highly recommended.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 379 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray (7 Feb. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JHY8A8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,114 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 26 Nov. 2011
By lkh
I got hooked up to this book quickly and the beginning was so promising. I really like two unfolding stories going in parallel, especially that each story bit was very short. I am Russian and I do not remember being taught in school what happened in France in 1942. I found the book very useful in the way that it made me learn, feel for and remember those who had gone through such terror. However, by the time I got to the middle of the book and Sarah's story merged into Julia's it became a little boring to read about Julia and Bertrand's relationship, the story started to resemble a cheap romance book. It felt like another person had picked up writing. Rather dull descriptions of Julia's feelings, her decisions to move to New York are so detailed it made me wonder why they were put in the same book and given the same amount of attention as the terrible events of July 1942? I have found the ending very disappointing, predictable and it has spoiled my impression of the book.
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96 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A poignant tale based on real events 20 Sept. 2007
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"In the author's own words "This is not a historical work and has no intention of being one. It is my tribute to the children of the Vel d'Hiv." Although not as detailed as some historical fiction, this novel certainly succeeds in dragging the reader headfirst into the events of 16th July 1942 when French Police conducted a massive round up of Jews in Paris in order to "forward" them to Auschwitz.We are drawn into two intertwining stories, the first, that of Sarah, a 10 yr old girl who experiences these horrific events in 1942 and the second, contemporary story, that of Julia Jarmond, an American born journalist who is investigating events surrounding the Vel d'Hiv round up. As their stories unfold we see how the past is inextricably linked to the present and we share Julia's intense interest in the fate of Sarah and her family. This is a gripping, poignant story based on real events and is filled with vivid, charismatic characters. The dual time frame is never unwieldy and the reader is swept along by flowing, seamless writing from the 40s to the present day - symptomatic perhaps of how the events of the past still dictate and inform present events and how we should "never forget". I would highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a well written story with engaging characters and having an interest in World War II fiction is not a prerequisite. Sarah's Key is a story about people rather than events and Sarah will stay with me for a very long time."
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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My read of 2008 [so far] 5 May 2008
By jaffareadstoo TOP 500 REVIEWER
If you only read one book in 2008 ,let this be it...from the first page I was hooked and didn't come up for breath until the story was finished and Sarah's tale was told. Historically accurate, and focused on a largely unknown historical period in WW2 Paris, Sarah's story will keep you reading long into the night.I felt grief stricken when the story was done and mourned for the characters who had become part of my life and who will remain with me for a very long time.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
This book holds a wonderful idea for a novel - unfortunately it is not remotely realised. The story of the child locked in a cupboard while his family are taken away by the French police in occupied France and the subsequent story of his sister's journey is a fantastic premise for a novel . Unfortunately the majority of the book evolves into glorified chic lit and not even well written chick lit at that. The dreadful juxtaposition of a middle aged woman's shallow love life is a horrific affront to the harrowing story of occupied France. The modern day story of the women's life rivals the tedium of of Eat, Pray, Love with a sprinkle of Holocaust Tragedy to add needed gravity.

There are so, so many worthy, well written stories of the war period - this is not one of them. It left me untouched, annoyed and bored. Try the Book Thief, Stones from the River, or Alone in Berlin instead for a gripping and moving read.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable, a must read 19 July 2008
After reading the first few pages, nothing in my life seemed as important as finding out the fate of Sarah and her brother in this gripping, sensitive and immensely moving book. Initially the book alternates between 1941 and nearly present day, and you find yourself much less interested in the current story. However, this does give relief to the intensity of Sarah's story, and the modern story becomes more interesting as it goes on. I cried for days over this wonderful book - at times you don't want to read on, fearful of what might happen, but it is so well written that you must. I read it over 6 months ago, but I still think of it every now and again. Everyone should read this book. Unforgettable.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good story does not always make a good book 12 Mar. 2011
By Isola
Sarah's Key is a dual story told from both a pre and post war perspective. In 2002 Julia Jarmond, an American journalist investigating the WW11 roundup of Jews in Paris, uncovers her French family's past secret.

Like many readers, I was unaware of the desperate, dire days of the Vel'd'Hiv in Nazi-occupied Paris, conducted not by the Germans but by the French police; using French trains to cart Jewish families to their deaths. It is only right that this story is told - I just think the wrong person is telling the tale. If an author ventures to create entertainment out of historical tragedy, she/he needs to write the fiction to compliment the facts.

The writing in the 'modern tale' is unbelievably mediocre; the plot is predictable, full of one dimensional, self indulgent characters. And the whining protagonist makes some unforgivable errors of judgement.

I'm sorry, but I think the merit of 'Sarah's Key' lies in the historical event rather than its literary value. The atrocities which began at the Velodrome d'Hiver (torn down in 1959) deserve a far better memorial than Tatiana De Rosnay was ever capable of producing. In my opinion, Chic-Lit meets the Holocaust is an insult. But I am prepared to value this novel with three stars simply because the author has managed to highlight a little known war crime - which we all need to remember.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blown away by the prose.
A sad and harrowing tale that grips you from the fist page. Utterly compelling - I can't stop thinking about it. Read more
Published 23 days ago by D. Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD BOOK
Published 27 days ago by MARGARET CLARK
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully written book
A sad story written so beautifully. I found it difficult to put the book down. An amazing story. I thoroughly recommend this book.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. S. L. Considine
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!
Brilliant book. Learn so much from it about the Nazi and what they done. Very emotional! Could relate to the characters. Could not put it down! :'(
Published 1 month ago by Aine Drumm
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An excellent book, very well written and a very good read. Would recommend it.
Published 1 month ago by AnnBartlett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i enjoyed sarah's key it was so well written and really pulled at the heart strings
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. V. M. Bowers
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like a good tear-jerker you'll love this book
If you like a good tear-jerker you'll love this book! Unlike some books which switch between past & present and often leave me forgetting what was happening in each time frame, I... Read more
Published 2 months ago by D. K. Durno
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
i liked it a lot
Published 2 months ago by Joan Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartly recommend
I enjoyed this book although it is about a horrible time in history. It reveals what the long term effects can be of such a harrowing experience. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Louisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a great read but also very sad
Published 2 months ago by sheila mackenzie
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