Sarah’s Key

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Yes, I’m only just getting around to this one now. I finished it this week! With an alternating narration, Sarah’s Key is one of those books that you hate to read yet can’t put down. The book follows a young Jewish girl who is thrown from her home into the concentration camps in France. The roundup, known as the Vel d’Hiv, is discovered years later by Julia, an American living in France, who makes it her mission to make the connection between her family and the girl. Throughout the first half of the book, I couldn’t help but think of car crashes and the way that people stare as they drive by, desperate to get a glimpse of the unfolding tragedy. Why are we so attracted to ugliness? Why do we need to see for ourselves the horrible things in this world? The third person narration of Sarah was so hard to read at times that tears clouded my eyes, yet I couldn’t stop reading. Why? Maybe it is the sadness we are attracted to. Maybe we won’t ever know.

After the narrative alternation stopped halfway through, it seemed as though a part of it ended. Julia’s story goes on, and although I kept reading to find out what happened to her, I knew my heart wasn’t in the story anymore. Now I’m sad again just thinking about it… Ah. Have you guys read any books that made you feel like this?


Author: Rachael

Book lover + editor, feminist, California soul + New York state of mind.

One thought on “Sarah’s Key

  1. I’m so glad you like it! I feel exactly as you did about it. Couldn’t put it down, but definitely wasn’t fond how the little girl’s narration ended. So sad, but so captivating.

    I’m currently reading Gone Girl! Tried starting the Sophie Kinsella one, but Gone Girl was calling my name…

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