# 3 for books! Literally just finished reading this, and wanted to write a post right away. I have to wake up in 4 hours for work, but don’t care.
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana DeRosnay, begins:
“The characters in this novel are entirely fictitious. But several of the events described are not, especially those that occurred in the Occupied France during summer of 1942, and in particular the great Velodrome d’Hiver roundup, which took place on July 16, 1942, in the heart of Paris…It is my tribute to the children of the Vel’ d’Hiv.”
The book goes back and forth between a French-American journalist, writing an article about the Vel’ D’hiv roundup, and a little Jewish girl’s horrifying perspective at the time.
It was a quick read and I honestly would have finished it sooner, but have been exhausted from work. The chapters are so quick, like the thoughts were just flowing out of each characters head, that it was easy to flip through the pages eagerly wanting more. Although, like I said for the Stieg Larsson trilogy…I watched the movie before reading the book. BIG MISTAKE. I liked the film, but it was nowhere near as gripping as the book, at least for me. The surprises were not as shocking as they would’ve been. But, of course, overall the story to me was very disturbing, since I had no knowledge of the French side to the Holocaust before this book.