Sarah's Key

Sarah's Key

Tatiana de Rosnay offers us a brilliantly subtle, compelling portrait of France under occupation and reveals the taboos and silence that surround this painful episode. 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 a Tatiana de Rosnay offers us a brilliantly subtle, compelling portrait of France under occupation and reveals th...

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Title:Sarah's Key
Author:Tatiana de Rosnay
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:Elle s'appelait Sarah
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:294 pages pages

Sarah's Key Reviews

  • Lisa Vegan
    Jul 27, 2008
    I wasn?t sure how the back and forth chapters between one girl in 1942 and a different woman in 2002 were going to work for me, but this story is so well told. I thought I?d be interested in the 1942 story but wasn?t sure how much I?d become involved with the 2002 story, but...
  • smetchie
    Nov 23, 2011
    *spoilers!!! Lots of spoilers. Don't read this.* disclaimer: This is a review of the book, Sarah's Key, and not the Holocaust. (I give the Holocaust negative infinity stars, if you were wondering.) Fuck you Sarah's Key, you manipulative sonofabitching asshole. How dare you make...
  • Amy
    Feb 13, 2009
    If I'm going to read hundreds of pages past the horrifying situation set up at the beginning of this book, the writing's going to need to be more than sub-par. Telling me that characters are interesting and complex instead of self-indulgent and one-dimensional doesn't make it so. D...
  • Grace
    Aug 14, 2012
    This is one of those books with an interesting idea that was executed very poorly. It's always disappointing to read books like this because I can't help but think with every wrong turn, every cringe worthy sentence that this could have been so much better in a capable writer's hands. ...
  • Angie
    Dec 05, 2007
    I struggled whether to give this a two-star rating rather than a three. I enjoyed reading it, but I didn't read it very thoroughly. I would find myself really blazing through some sentences so that I could discover where the plot was headed (what happened to the boy locked in the cupbo...
  • Sol
    Dec 06, 2008
    It should never be forgotten By Sol Tetelbaum Review: Sarah?s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay Almost a hundred readers published their reviews on Tatiana de Rosnay?s novel Sarah?s Key. Most of them rated the book in four or five stars, but some of them calling the novel ?me...
  • Annalisa
    Dec 07, 2011
    3.5 stars. A little predictable and melodramatic for a subject that doesn't need anyone playing with your emotions, but still a solid read. It was interesting learning about the French police involvement in the round up of Jews in what was the first deportation of women and children. I...
  • Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
    Feb 28, 2009
    3 1/2 stars This author grew up in France and was never taught at school about the French complicity in rounding up Jews for the Nazis. When she discovered information about the Vel' D'Hiv' roundup, she knew she had to write about it. The book is her tribute to the 4,000 children wh...
  • Sandi
    Aug 11, 2008
    I finished "Sarah's Key" this morning and I have so many thoughts going through my head about it. I loved the pacing of the story, how it switched between Sarah's story and Julia's story up until the point where the two merged. I loved how the style of Sarah's story was completely diff...
  • Hara
    Jun 22, 2008
    Two horrible situations form the premise of this novel. The first is the factual story of the French roundup of the Jews during World War II, which took place in Paris under the auspices of the French Police. It was the French Police, not the Nazis, who dragged French Jews from their h...
  • Dan Schwent
    Mar 27, 2013
    Reporter Julia Jarmond is investigating the events of 1942, when French authorities rounded up the Jews of the cities and put them in concentration camps, an investigation that uncovers links to her husband's family. But how will her tale intersect with that of the title character, a 1...
  • Corinne Edwards
    Mar 04, 2009
    Let me start off by saying I could not put this book down. I must also say, that this book ripped my heart into tiny pieces and I'm not sure I'll ever be the same. Really. Maybe it's because I'm a mom or maybe I'm just an incredibly sensitive person. But I now have images in my brain t...
  • Molly
    Dec 11, 2008
    I was intrigued by the plot for this book. A young girl locks her brother in a cupboard at their apartment in Paris before the Police, at the behest of the Nazi's, take away her and her family. They wait for several days in a detention center, in conditions like the Superdome, before b...
  • Kim
    Feb 03, 2010
    I agree with Katie on this one. I did not enjoy this book. It tells two stories -- one, about a young French girl whose family is rounded up and taken away during the Holocaust, and the other about a modern-day journalist who is tracking down her story. Julia, the contemporary narrator...
  • Teri
    Feb 28, 2009
    I might have given this book higher marks if I hadn't just finished the infinitely superior The Book Thief. But as it is I'm feeling pretty generous with my 2 stars. The subject matter was intriguing. I didn't realize what had happened with the Jews in France. But the author spent too ...
  • Carol
    Nov 19, 2008
    October 2009: re-reading this book again for another book club. I hope I like it better than the 1st time but so far I'm not seeing it. Why would she use a word like "ingurgitating" when you can say "ate"?? That kind of writing irritates me a lot. The true story is heartbreaking, and v...
  • Joy H.
    Nov 08, 2009
    Added 11/8/09. In _Sarah's Key_ the chapters alternate between the war era and the time sixty years later. We watch as a reporter tries to find out more about what happened during the 1942 round-up of Jewish people in France (known as the "Vel' d?Hiv? Roundup") (Vélodrome d'Hiv...
  • Michelle
    Aug 11, 2008
    First Reads Giveaway book...expected in mail any time now...Will post review when I get thru reading it. Received today, 26 August 2008...will start reading today! The only thing I think I am dreading about the book is the fate of the brother left in the locked closet. The rest I ca...
  • Tea Jovanović
    Mar 20, 2013
    Knjiga koja govori o istinitom dogadjaju koji se zbio tokom Drugog svetskog rata u Parizu, o kome se kod nas malo zna... Kada su Francuzi pokupili Jevreje, zatvorili ih na velodrom i poslali ih u konc. logor... Potresno, prosvetljuju?e i guta se u dahu... Kod nas je objavljena pod nas...
  • Connie
    Jan 05, 2013
    From the first page to the end I was mesmerized. The two stories intertwined in a believable way as journalist, Julia, learns about the horrific "round up" of French Jews during the war. Something I knew nothing about and can see why it is a dark stain in the history of France. de Ros...
  • Jonetta
    Feb 13, 2012
    Julia Jarmond, an American journalist living in Paris, is assigned to cover the upcoming 60th anniversary of the Vel 'd 'Hiv, the day French Jews were arrested in the "roundup," and ultimately sent to the death camps in Auschwitz. She becomes obsessed with what she learns, particularly...
  • Rebecca Skane
    Feb 22, 2017
    A journalist stumbles upon the story of a young Jewish girl who was rounded up with the other Parisian Jews in 1942, and learns of her harrowing tale. *Buy tissues. Sarah's Key Book Review ...
  • Megan Baxter
    Sep 04, 2013
    Let me try to explain why I didn't like this book very much. I believe one of the sales quotes on the back of the book can help me communicate why. Keep in mind that this is, at least in part, a book about French complicity in the Holocaust: "Sarah's Key unlocks the star-crossed, he...
  • Phrynne
    Feb 09, 2017
    My first by this author and I found it very readable. I was aware of the treatment of the Jews in Paris as a group but I had never heard of this particular event where the children were separated, subjected to terrible cruelty and finally killed. Horrible. Actually my worst moment in ...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    Jan 16, 2017
    Parts of this novel rate a 5 and parts of it a 2, so I'm giving it 3.5 stars. This is a dual-timeline historical fiction novel, about the arrests of Jewish families in France during WWII and their terrible experiences, focusing on the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup in July 1942, and a modern jour...
  • Chris Horsefield
    Nov 29, 2016
    World War II and its legacy in France, and a project on the "rafle du Vel d'Hiv"- the massive round-up of Jews that took place in Paris on July 16th, 1942. The story is haunting, and interesting, as we follow it in flashbacks. I am doing an annotated bibliography of books on the subje...
  • Lauren Cecile
    Sep 17, 2015
    Interesting, tragic, but predictable. ...
  • Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
    Apr 03, 2014
    This was such a beautifully told story. The overlapping timelines were handled so well and the story itself seemed to take on a new life as it moved more into the contemporary sphere, emerging from the past. Julia and Bertrand's relationship reminded me of Sophie and Victor from Letter...
  • Mandy
    Apr 20, 2015
    This book is difficult for me to rate. It was so beautifully written. The characters were people that I felt I had known my entire life. I felt I could see them, hear them, feel their pain... Yet I wish the author would have evolved Mame's story. Honestly I wanted for Mame to be Sarah....
  • Gemma
    Oct 06, 2017
    A moving story told with plain rather dull prose. The author uses what has become the standard template for so many WW2 novels ? a dual narrative of then and now. I have to say I enjoyed the present day narrative more. The war sections consisted almost exclusively of research with ve...