Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
The director of my department at UCB loaned this fantastic novel to me. I found it on his bookshelf when I was moving him from one office to another. It had been on the best sellers list for some time in both the SF Chronicle and the NY Times. I really wanted to read it but have a buying ban currently enforced by my husband especially on books.
Anyway, this is an absolutely wonderful book. A must read!
The story is set in Paris, France when the Nazi's are about to invade during WWII. Many of the Parisians remember WWI. Nemirovsky takes you into the lives of many families. Some are wealthy families in Paris. Others are simple farmers in country towns where German soldiers have become occupiers.
This is a very touching book told by someone who lived and unfortunately did not survive.
Buy the book