“Sarah’s Key”

It was after midnight when I finished Sarah’s Key, an engaging, fast-paced, well-written novel by Tatiana de Rosnay.  The author uses a structure I normally dislike —  alternating chapters of only a few pages each, going back and forth in time — but in this case, it is the best way to tell the story.  I finished the book in just a few days, and I am still thinking about it.  An enjoyable page-turner.

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2 thoughts on ““Sarah’s Key”

    1. Teri Carter Post author

      I could not help but be moved by Sarah’s sections of the book, which I thought were well-constructed and believable. And while I see the necessity of Julia’s story as it’s woven throughout, I had a hard to time feeling much empathy for her character. It could also be that I’ve read far too many nonfiction accounts by Holocaust survivors (“Jack and Rochelle”, “All But My Life”, “From Ashes to Life” to name a few), making this fictional account (with Julia’s story particularly) bother me a bit. As I said in my earlier post, the story compelled me to finish reading, to find out what happened to Sarah in the end. Sarah’s life story — from beginning to end — was incredibly heartbreaking and brave.

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