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5.0 out of 5 stars French society before WWII, 12 Oct. 2010
This review is from: The Life of Irene Nemirovsky: 1903-1942 (Hardcover)
A story of how people who leave family, friends and their culture behind in one country, live in another culture. This story happens to take place between the Russian Revolution and WWII. As always with people who live in different countries, there are the issues of adapting, adopting and acceptance. The latter comes terribly unstuck in the late 1930s and during WWII. The true story is a reminder of what people give-up and, in this case, escape when they leave their home country. Its a story also of the impact of childhood and parents on one's adult life and discrimination (before the horrors of WWII). The life story is interwoven with characters from Irene's novels - none of which I have read but the book is so well written, it didn't matter. This story is another reminder of how lucky some of us are because, 'there but for the grace of God walk I'. Beautifully written and the translation is superb - I could hardly put the book down.
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