Wednesday, May 8, 2013
by Tatiana de Rosnay
I was curled up in a chair reading this book when my daughter asked "Why are you reading that book? You watched the movie and it's a hard story, why would you WANT to read that book?" I was half way through and had no recollection that I had seen the movie and should remember the story.
Set in two time periods, two stories bounce back and forth revealing more information about the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup in Paris during the holocaust. It's hard to look at history and relive the horrors in our minds but sometimes we need a difficult story to remember that we are all human and we make a choice how we will live our lives. Different characters in this story make different choices. Some condem, some help; some ignore and some face the facts and repent. Character makes a hero and this story shows subtle differences in character define the person you are.
If you want to learn more about the holocaust in France, this book reveals the history while weaving it into a story.