Ann Lee Lee itibaren San Nicolás Guadalupe, Méx., Meksika
Bu kitabı anlamak için İncil'i bilmeniz gerekiyor. Yani ... İncil'i oku ve sonra bu kitabı oku! Göz ardı ettiğiniz veya kabul ettiğiniz ve yazdığı zamanın mysogenizminden devam ettiğiniz sürece şaşırtıcıdır.
One City - Two Tales: Tatiana de Rosnay's Sarah's Key features the intertwining story lines of the young pre-adolescent Sarah Starzynski living in Paris in 1942 and the contemporary, middle-aged American Julia Jaramond, living in Paris early this decade. Secrets undermine the lives of both characters throughout the novel. Julia becomes obsessed with the story of this young girl, who along with her parents, was arrested and held with thousands of other Parisian Jews during World War II at the Velodrome d'Hiver, a bicycling arena. This Vel' d' Hiv' deportation and subsequent slaughter of over 13,000 French Jewish people -- over 4,000 of them children -- is not well known, so Ms. de Rosnay performs a great service bringing this lesser known history of the Holocaust to readers worldwide through Sarah's compelling story, and I thank her for that. I especially enjoy learning about history within the structure of a good plot and well rounded characters, so in that regard, the story line of Sarah Starzynski is educative while evoking a compassionate response. Julia's contemporary issues are those I think modern women can relate to; for example, many readers can empathize with the loneliness and alienation a dishonest spouse or a disarming pretense can invoke. I do agree with previous reviewers that Julia's story, told in choppy chapters at the end of the book, seems rushed and underdeveloped, weakening her storyline at the conclusion. The other critique I offer is that the language and writing style in the book are somewhat dull -- I would have enjoyed more rich imagery (a natural for the locations and human interactions in the novel) and a greater variety of words in general. Still, the book is worth reading, and like many reviewers here, it riveted my interest to the degree that I read it in two days!