Sarah's Key


Sarah's Key Cheaper Than a Cup of Coffee

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Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten-year-old girl, is taken with her parents by the French police as they go door-to-door arresting Jewish families in the middle of the night. Desperate to protect her younger brother, Sarah locks him in a bedroom cupboard - their secret hiding place - and promises to come back for him as soon as they are released. Sixty years later: Sarah's story intertwines with that of Julia Jarmond, an American journalist investigating the roundup. In her research, Julia stumbles onto a trail of secrets that link her to Sarah, and to question her about her own romantic future. 293p.

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  • The key to life

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    Grabbing a baguette, a bouquet of flowers, a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower from a stroll down the narrow Parisian streets, perhaps a quick cup of coffee from that darling little café on the corner a typical Parisian sultry summer day add a pinch of French Jews being rounded up by the policemen and you have the perfect ingredients to create those horrific days in July 1942 when ¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬13,152 families were destroyed. This was the roundup of that entire bore the yellow star stitched to their clothing distinguishing them from the rest of society. These people were then forced in to the Vel’d’HIV, where they awaited their pre-determined deportation to Beaune-la-Roland and then Auschwitz, for permanent extermination. This horrendous setting was the backdrop to Sarah’s Key; a story that juxtaposed the past and present together with the only link between them seeming to be an apartment on the Rue de Santionge. The lives that were affected by this connection of a shared living space never met until one story came careening into another when a dire familial secret was finally allowed to be verbalized by those who had witnessed the tragedy. “Silence like a cancer grows” crooned Simon and Garfunkel, no words ring truer than in this work of historical fiction. I will not give many details away as it will diminish the impact of initially reading the novel. Highly recommended for everyone to read whether you are a history buff or just someone looking for a compelling read, one of the best books I have ever read. After reading this book though I do suggest of the viewing of the French film that came out this past summer (2011) as seeing the events described in the novel unfold before your eyes holds more meaning than words written on a page and human emotions can register numerous emotions that cannot be evoked from a novel .