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Sarah's Key

Rosnay, Tatiana de, 1961- (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Sarah's Key


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Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours. Paris, May 2002: On Vel d'Hiv's 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France's past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl's ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d'Hiv', to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah's past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life.
Authors: Rosnay, Tatiana de, 1961-
Statement of Responsibility: Tatiana de Rosnay
Title: Sarah's key
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Griffin,, c2010
Edition: Move tie-in edition
Characteristics: 316 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm.
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Report This Feb 20, 2014
  • becker rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A very heartwarming story about the Holocaust that supports two storylines. One in the present and one during the war in Paris. I thought the modern storyline fell far short of the historical one but it was still a good book and a very interesting look at an important historical event in France.

Starting Jan 26, 2014.....Jan 27, so far this is a super easy enjoyable read, something that I kind of need right now!.....Feb 2, I'm on pg 212 of 293, still enjoying this, but in some ways reminds me of certain "romance" novels. Great info on an event that previously I was oblivious to, so well worth the read. I'm guessing it has a happy ending?....Feb 3, 2014, 3 am, just finished this, and I have to admit, I had a tear in my eye on the last page. I would recommend this book to my friends.

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  • Sonia Godin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Très bon! J'ai adoré ce livre!!

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  • K_ROK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I thought this book to be a fantastic read. I love how the two perspectives in the book come together and how Sarah and Julia's lives intersect. Quite a page turner.

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  • cristina10 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great reading! Having an European background , I am very much interested knowing more about the events during the second world war.

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  • GLNovak rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was a good read, especially the parts from Sarah's perspective. I got a bit impatient with the intensity of Julia and her search and her sense of guilt but persevered. The historical facts used for this story are ones not commonly known, and added to the themes of secrets and guilt. A quick read that will both entertain and provoke thought.

Report This Jun 19, 2013
  • SallyBVCirc rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The story immediately draws you in, and is especially strong in the sections with Sarah's direct experiences. A good portrayal of the far reaching emotional tolls of the holocaust.

Report This May 30, 2013
  • finn75 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A really moving and very sad read. Based on true events we see how the past continues to haunt those who experienced it and those associated with the ramifications many years latter.

Report This May 15, 2013
  • Black_Cat_501 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Just finished this book today. It was a real page turner. I enjoyed how it was two stories intertwining into a mystery. The true history was enlightening and the fiction of the characters were entriguing. I often cried during the story.

Report This May 02, 2013
  • Alohaohana rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a great book to read if you want to get a little insight of what the Vel D'hiv roundup must have felt like such as in Sarah's experiences in the Velodrome. What made this book enjoyable for me was the alternating chapters between Sarah's life and Julia's life. It made the waiting to read both stories much more suspenseful!

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  • Alohaohana rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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  • fearlessforever rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Report This May 15, 2012
  • bnotash70 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A Jewish girl in Paris hides her little brother in the closet and locks it when the Gestapo comes for them, promising that she will come back for him...she escapes from the concentration camp and returns, but he has died. There is a subplot about the family who got the apartment afterwards and their descendants. and one of the wives, who is a journalist and searches the story of the little girl, and finds out the first story.

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  • elinpat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Haunting story of children caught in the holicaust that was carried out in Paris by the French themselves, the denial by the next generation and the discovery of the story of one doomed family by an American expat married into a French family. Her pursuit of the story which took place in her husband's family home tears the family and her marriage apart.

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  • fearlessforever rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Very mild occasional course language

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  • fearlessforever rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Other: This is definitely a very mature novel. I would not recommend it for those under at least 12 years of age. It addresses some very poignant topics.(Family Separation, Death, Suicide, War (the Holocaust), Abortion, Relationships ect) It is an amazing book, it will change the way that you see things and give you a lot of perspective on what the Holocaust was really like.

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  • Dimmu16 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The 1942 parts.

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  • Dimmu16 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: The 1942 parts are very violent.

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  • Dimmu16 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Every good book has a few swears!

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  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” -George Washington

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  • fearlessforever rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I realized I could not longer bear this alone. I felt isolated, broken. (William (288)

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I don't want to know. (William 239)

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  • fearlessforever rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My world felt hollow, empty. (Julia 242)

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  • fearlessforever rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

She did not bow her head in shame. She stood straight, her chin high. She wiped away the tears. (Sarah 58)

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  • fearlessforever rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Nothing would ever be the same again. (57)

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  • fearlessforever rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

No respect for the past. (266)

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  • fearlessforever rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sometimes it's better not to know. (127)

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  • fearlessforever rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The truth is harder than ignorance.(124)

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  • fearlessforever rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Not one day has gone by without me thinking of you. (Sarah 259)

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