Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky | Book Review

Hi Everyone,

Today's post is a book review of Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky - written during the actual occupation of France in WW2 - Suite Francaise is probably as accurate of a fictional account of the times as you'll get.

Nemirovsky was already a successful writer living in Paris when the war began but sadly for her she was also Jewish which resulted in her tragic death in Auschwitz. This novel remained hidden and unfinished for over 60 years till it was discovered by her daughter.

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky | Book Review

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky | Book Review

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky | Book Review

Suite Francaise has many many characters which can be hard to get to grips with at times, but before long the reader gets to know them all and their traits. The book covers many angles, love, hate, cowardice, lies, bravery, murder, tragedy and triumph.
I heard about this novel due to the recent film adaptation (I've not yet seen the film but I intend to at some point) and so I naturally assumed this would fall into the Romance genre - wrong. Romance is only a tiny part of this novel, I would say it is more a fascinating look at human behaviour during times of great stress and when facing the unknown.

The fact that this novel remains unfinished is very sad as I'm sure the end result would have been nothing short of amazing but where the story ends we are given real life letters between Nemirovsky's husband and anyone he thought could help in his search for his wife who had been arrested by the Nazis, this is made all the more tragic as we are told the date Irene Nemirovsky died but the letters from her husband continue as he had no idea she was no longer alive, I found this to be such a sad documentation of the ordinary lives ripped apart by war, ironically, throughout the novel, Nemirovsky humanises the Nazi soldiers and almost seems to have a certain empathy for them in some parts yet ended up dying at their hands.

This is definitely worth a read if you are a big book fan, if you are only an occasional reader then this perhaps won't be the book for you because I feel like in order to enjoy this book you have to be hugely into reading and enjoy dipping into various genres.

Hope you enjoyed this review, have you read this book or would you consider it?

Rosy xx

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