Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky is the description of daily life during World War II. The author was shipped to Auschwitz shortly after this work was composed. She had originally intended to have three more sections and the notes outlining her intentions are found at the end of the novel. This is one of the books that is being seriously considered for the nominee list and is a compelling look at ordinary French citizens as they cope with the war. You get a taste of their petty concerns and their extraordinary spirits, sometimes even in the same person. In spite of the fact that this is an unfinished work it feels very complete.