Sarah's Key

Sarah's Key

by Tatiana de Rosnay

Diane Barnes (10/16/11): I got caught up in this story. Like Julia, the journalist, pursuing Sarah's story, I was determined to learn what happened to Sarah. Did she become separated from her parents? Did she escape the Nazis? Was she able to return for her younger brother locked in the cupboard? All intriguing questions as the author drew me in. Although this book concerns the prison camps, etc., it is not a shocking book of the horrors of that time period. I recommend it!
Rating: *****

Hadriane Kalfus: This book is "holocaust light", if there is such a thing. While the story line is good, if sometimes haunting, it is well written but somewhat predictable. As light as it is, as the story unfolds, you learn aspects of the war and the times we might not have been aware of. It is the story of Sarah and her family in France during WWII. It is not a pretty story, interestingly the focus moves back and forth from war times to modern day and illustrates that generations later we are still feeling the effects of the war. I recommend this book as an easy read. It is an enlightening story of a young girl and her family.
Rating: ****

Debbie Weiss: I really loved this book and had a difficult time putting it down. I was especially taken with Sarah, the young Jewish girl who lost her family to the holocaust --- and I suffered with her through all the indignities that life brought her way. I admired Julia, the journalist who took on Sarah's story as her own. Julia was determined to find out the details of Sarah's ordeal, starting with the roundup of her family in Paris in 1942 through her death in the U.S. some 40-plus years later. Along the way we are introduced to all the kind people who helped Sarah survive in a horrible world. We learn about secrets that destroy families and how different individuals piece their lives back together once the secrets are finally revealed. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an easy read despite the dark nature of its subject matter.
Rating: *****

Judy Stanton: I found Sarah's Key to be a very moving, almost haunting, story that will stay with me for sometime. I enjoyed the author's approach of alternatiing chapters from the past with the future, then linking them together. I've read many Holocaust books, including Suite Francaise, and would rate this one among the top. I could feel the child's terror, the parent's angst, the farm family's anxiety, and, most of all, Sarah's intolerable distress. The author did a good job of conveying a child's perspective as the horrifying events unfolded. The book called me to keep coming back until I finished it. I would highly recommend it.
Rating: *****

Dale Israel:This is a holocaust book which relates the story of how the French police rounded up 13,000 Jewish men, women and children and sent them to their deaths in the camps. It alternates with the story of a journalist doing research on the round up.

I was really looking forward to reading this book as several people had told me what a good book it was. While I enjoyed it and would recommend it, I didn't find it to be fantastic...it was simply a good, quick read.
Rating: ****

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