Book Review: Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

April 28, 2014

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay is a novel which takes place during World War II, Paris, and several decades later. This is a very popular book which tugs a the heartstrings.

  • 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312370849

Book Review Sarahs Key by Tatiana de RosnayMy rating for Sarah’s Key4

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Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnayis written in a simple language, maybe too simple but that’s OK since I’ve read books which tested my knowledge of the English language with every sentence and weren’t enjoyable the least.

This is an enjoyable book . The story revolves around the French roundup of Jews during WWII. A little girl, named Sarah, which escaped death and the search for her little brother whom she locked in a cupboard before the French police took their family away.
Very sad even if it is a fictional account (I hope).

The second story takes place much later and revolves around an American woman living in Paris, married to a French man, who discovers Sarah’s story and researches it while discovering, of course, a connection to her husband’s family.

The first story, the one about Sarah, is engaging, flows and is very touching.
The second story – not so much.

However, I did enjoy the book very much even though I think story number two could have been more engaging with more dimensional characters.

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  • April Kempler April 28, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Great book, and I enjoyed the movie version as well. I had never heard of the Vel d’Hiv round up before, so this was interesting in that brought to light an untold story. Good review!

  • Helen Maryles Shankman April 28, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Hi, Zohar–

    You know, I had the same problem. It was okay…not as good as many other Holocaust books I’ve read…but I thought about this a lot, and I think what the book is really about is the French attitude–and denial–toward their part in the Holocaust. For so many years, the French attitude was, “We were all in the French Resistance!” and they didn’t take any responsibility at all for the atrocities they committed themselves. So–that second part, where the family confronts one another–I think it’s meant to symbolize all the different French attitudes toward the war and the Holocaust.

    Just my two cents!


  • Alex Baugh April 29, 2014 at 7:34 am

    It took me a while to finally get into this book and in the end, I was really disappointed. It the author had stuck with only the first part and done a better job of it, I think it would have been a much better novel.

  • Mike Draper April 29, 2014 at 11:25 am

    This must have been a heart catching book to read. I found Alex’s comments to be helpful.


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