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    Sarah's Key

    I could not put the book down. It saddened me and captivated me right from the start. It inspired me to research and question the Vel d`Hiv roundup and the role of the French police.
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    Great read

    Beautifully written! I couldn't put it down.
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    Although somewhat predictable this novel is a moving story of Hitler's Holocaust atrocities against innocent French victims and in particular one Jewish family. Set in both modern and WW2 periods, the present narrator, a female journalist, is determined to find out the truth and in so doing develops an understanding of both the time period of the atrocities and her own relationship to these events.
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    Unredeemed by Subject Matter

    It feels somehow morally wrong to hate a book that's about the Holocaust. With this book, even that can't stop me. I was pulled into the story of Sarah's Key at its beginning, because there's so much story there. And so much potential. But then, when you're taken away from Sarah's dramatic opening (a good one--I freely concede that) and all you're left with is characters that are thinly-written and clichéd (I can just imagine DeRosnay planning her story: "Oh, how about this: I'll make my main character a reporter, so she can dig up all this information on the Vel d'Hiv and that way I can work it into the story seamlessly") and a husband that you never are given any indication that there was anything good and decent in him that would allow you to believe that she could have once loved him enough to marry him. Plus a ridiculously coincidental connection between the two women that stretches credibility well beyond the snapping point. Add to that already miserable mess of literary pottage the insertion of researched bits on what happened, to satisfy the demanding historical requirement. All of this done with an obviousness that's painful to slog through. Most telling (and ultimately condemning, to my mind), is that if you were to check out the list of books she recommends, they are (hey, wouldja look at that!) written by the same people who'd offered such glowing tribute to the book on its cover. Oh. I've always believed that it is part of the reader's bargain with the writer that they follow the arc of the story from beginning to end, in the ordered way the writer sets it out. It is also a critical part of the writer's bargain that they write a good story. I figured DeRosnay broke her part of the deal, so I felt quite within my rights to break mine. Because all I really wanted to know was if the little boy was okay.
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    I really enjoyed this book. It was very touching and sometimes I did cry. At times predictable but at times surprising. I have recommended this book to others
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