- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; 1st UK Paperback Edition edition (1 Feb. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099493969
- ISBN-13: 978-0099493969
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
David Golder Paperback – 1 Feb 2007
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"Her deceptively simply and understated style is best suited to shorter fiction: her touch is light, but with an underlying darkness that bears witness to exile, marginality and existential frustration" (Aamer Hussein Independent)
"This is a writer of rare power, make no mistake" (Evening Standard)
"A sordid tragedy that makes us for the thousandth time question the worth of human existence. The impression remains with the reader that it is the work of a woman who has the strength of one of the masters like Balzac or Dostoyevsky" (New York Times, 1930)
"A powerful description of a man's relentless decline" (Ian Critchley Sunday Times)
"Striking first work, sensitively translated by Sandra Smith" (Sunday Telegraph)
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Némirovsky, who was herself Jewish and the daughter of a Russian-born banker, believed in assimilation and has been described as a self-hating Jew. How else could she have published such a book at a time when French anti-Semitism was powerfully entrenched in right-wing circles in France? So there is a feeling of discomfort at reading this novel - intensified by the knowledge that she was to die in Auschwitz - which one does not have about her later books like All Our Worldly Goods and Suite Française (see my reviews).
A compelling read,which l had trouble reading slowly,as the sheer force of the writing drove me quickly onto the next page.She often comes close to characature with the characters in that they are so unrelentingly selfish and self-absorbed.Irene though stays within reality,just.
The author,jewish, has been wrongly suggested to be anti-semetic.She is that rare person who is critical of her own race and culture,but remains firmly within it.
The theme of pursuit of money at the expense of humanity is wonderfully explored.When Golders health deserts him,he wants to turn to something for comfort,but nothing exists as he has destroyed all possible compassion towards him.His own daughter and wife only seek money from him.
As a young women you can sense Irene's burning emotions in the book.The headstrong and uncompromising book reflects the young heart of the writer.Later in Suites Franscaise,her emotions have matured to a reflective and sad adult,and hence a different narration.A must read
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