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In June 1940 France fell to the Nazis. The effects of this momentous event on the lives of ordinary Parisians and the inhabitants of a small rural community under occupation are brilliantly explored in Irène Némirovsky’s gripping and heart-breaking novel. Némirovsky herself was a tragic victim of the Nazi regime but she left behind her this exceptional masterpiece. In Suite Française she conjures up a vivid cast of wonderful characters who find themselves thrown together in ways they never expected. Amidst the mess of defeat, and all the hypocrisy and compromise, there is hope. True nobility and love exist, but often in surprising places.
©2006 Irene Nemirovsky (P)2011 Random House AUDIO GO
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By Amazon Customer on 12-24-12

A story of the people left behind

There has been a lot said about his book, it's author and how it came to be published. What many have failed to highlight was the story of the people displaced by war and those who would pilfer from a neighbour rather than ask. The story of how life is a struggle for the locals left to get on with an occupying force. Love. Hate. Murder. It's all in this book which has made the leap from paperback to audiobook beautifully.

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By Grete Buck on 03-29-15

Brilliant narration of this intelligent book.

Loved this! Read as well as listened to this beautiful, intelligent and heartrending account of human behaviour in a small provincial town in France overwhelmed by the invading German army in the 1940s. Provincial jealousies, self righteous arrogance and bitter resentments, desires and dreams frustrated by occupation but also with empathy for the soldiers of an occupying army. The exodus from Paris as the Germans march in - fears magnifying intrenched behaviours of selfishness, possessiveness and class divisions.
A tapestry of humanity in microcosm at a time of extreme stress.

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By Donna on 01-20-16

Interesting story

I wanted to hear this book before seeing the movie. While I enjoyed the tale I was puzzled why the narrator chose to do the whole thing with a British accent sometimes even slipping into a Yorkshire accent to create the voices of the "common folk", yet added a German accent for the German military! The whole thing lost atmosphere with the lack of a good French accent.
The end was a fizzed for me.

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By A. J. Tutty on 12-05-17

A wonderful original look at WWll

Such a lovely read about the people of France and how the war affected them.

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