Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Book Club

My book club met today and discussed our most recent read - Sarah's Key.

I loved the book.  I read the whole thing this weekend while we were at the beach.  I had a hard time putting it down.

The book is tragic and sad but well written.  There are two story lines occuring at once.  One that begins in
1942 in Paris when all the Jews in the city are rounded up and sent to live in horrible conditions in the Velodrome d'Hiver.  The children are seperated from the parents and all eventually end up in Auschwitz except for the very few who escape.  The other story line begins in Paris in current day with an American living in Paris and married to a French man who is asked to write a story on the anniversary of this horrible event in Paris.  Julia becomes obsessed with something she discovers and in the end the two stories come together. . 

It is a heart wrenching story of the impact the events of 1942 had on so many lives for so many generations and how we must never forget the horrors that happened during that time. 

I have always been fascinated with the time period around WWI and the Holocaust.  Some of my favorite books I have read over and over again are Diary of Anne Frank and The Hiding Place.

This last year I also read a few other books that deal with this same time period.  The Zoo Keeper's Wife is about what happened in Poland during this time and then the Book Thief is another intriguing book told from the perspective of Death.  I highly recommend both.  The Zoo Keeper's Wife reads a little bit more like a history book than a novel but I enjoyed it a lot.

Our next book club pick is The Hunger Games. 
Would love to hear any book recommendations you might have for me!

1 comment:

Tamara said...

How I long for the day when I can read again. . . . .pack, pack, pack, move, move, move are all that is on our minds right now. I do get my scriptures read but that is about all. But we should have about everything out tonight. The computer will be the last thing til I know I have internet at the new place. We love reading all your blogs. Thanks for all the book suggestions! Have a super weekend!