Stories of love and betrayal
No one deserves to be admired so passionately. Just as no one deserves to be despised with too much indignation … utters Uncle Silvo who has returned to the seemingly idyllic country French village he left in search of a different life. As he relives his past and shares his present life in the village, we learn that things are not always as they seem. We are given a story of three interlocking experiences of love and betrayal that have taken place over two decades. These internal secrets are all tied to passion and can only be explained by what he calls the fire in the blood.I was pulled into the story by the descriptive nature of Irene Nemirovskys writing, at times experiencing the atmosphere and setting of the story instead of just reading about it. It is a fairly short novel that still captures 20 years of life in this country village. As captivating as the story is on its own, the history of this work is equally as fascinating and tragic as the secrets held within the townspeoples lives.Only a partial text was thought to have existed, having been typed by author Irene Nemirovskys husband, Michel Epstein. At one point, another two pages of the original manuscript were found in her daughters suitcase. Her daughter had carried this suitcase with her in fleeing her mothers arrest. Irene was arrested on July 13, 1942 and deported to Auschwitz. Later the rest of the manuscript was found amid papers Irene had given to her editor and family friend earlier in 1942. The same suitcase her daughter had fled with also contained her masterpiece novel, Suite Francaise, which was published in a paperback edition in April of this year.I think it is important to read both of her published works and realize the joy and sadness in the discovery of these manuscripts. The great joy is obviously in the beautiful stories she left for us. Her ability to make the reader feel the story is what I believe to be her great strength. The sadness is felt not only in learning of the tragic end to her life, but in the realization of how much more this very talented writer may have had within her that we will never experience. This book is available at the Bookworm in Edwards. Larry Ebersole is available to discuss this review atAmentalengineer@cs.com.