This month, we read Sarah’s Key, and I just want to say that it’s definitely not one for those of you with weak stomachs. It was a rough, powerful, and quick read. I’m so glad that I read it. We’ll talk about it in this post!
This is a fictional account of actual events. The French police did gather up Jewish families on that July day and most of them did perish in concentration camps. It’s important to remember that fact. This book was quite gripping, because it reminds you that this is something that has and can happen in the world. We live in a time now where questions come up about deporting Muslims so let’s not forget that it’s still a relevant idea. I think we live in an internet age that would make hiding it harder, but I think it’s also completely possible to assure a population of its necessity. Anyway, I hate to go off on a tangent about learning from history. The truth is though that the past is important.
Throughout the book the past pulls at the protagonist. She is constantly put into a situation where she has to face it. There is a bit of fear of what she might find out, but she must press forward. I love this, because I’d be that kind of curious. I couldn’t leave well enough alone.
The book wasn’t perfect, but it was a great read. I’d recommend it to friends. We must study history in all kinds of ways to ensure that it isn’t repeated. Give your friends a warning though about the graphic nature of parts before you send them off on their own.