4 May 2009

A Great Book

Although I bought this book a little while ago, I have only just gotten around to reading it.
If I had known how much I would enjoy it, it would have been devoured as soon as I got it!
Set in France during the invasion and occupation by the Germans in WWII, the novel follows the fortunes and misfortunes of various characters as they flee Paris, and then later, it follows the lives of those living in the occupied sector.
Irene Némirovsky is a master writer, up there with Dickens, Tolstoy, Checkov and all the other greats. Her imagery is a feast of visual poetry, and her understanding and descriptions of the characters are insightful and amazing.
The world lost a literary asset when she was killed in the gas chambers during WWII.
Her writing is so brilliant, I am going to try and hunt down more of her work.


  1. Thanks for the review Lindi. I will put it on my list of future reads.

  2. Anonymous5/5/09 08:44

    Thankz Lindi, I have not read this one, will have to see if I can get it at our library. xxx

  3. This sounds like one I would love..I will check out our library..
    thank you Lindi.
    Julia ♥

  4. It is nice to have a good read recommended, thanks, Lindi!
    Hugs - Lurline♥

  5. It does sound good! Thanks for stopping by my blog and your prayers. How prevalent is Swine Flu in your area?

  6. Hi Lindi,
    Thanks for the tip. This book sounds like one I would love. I'll have to check the library.