Will there ever be enough stories written about World War II?
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay, was lent to me and I kept avoiding it. I knew it was about WWII which instantly makes it tragic, and I just didn’t know if I was up to it.
Sarah and her family are taken from their arrondissement July 16, 1942 to the vélodrome d’hiver along with the other French Jews and eventually shipped off to Auschwitz. To save her brother when the French police were at their door, Sarah locked her brother in a closet and pocketed the key promising to return. This is not light summer reading, but I am reading it and although grievously tragic, I am getting through it. Does that sound like an endorsement!?
Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry, is set in Ireland, in a mental institution. Roseanne is at or near one hundred years old and has lived in the asylum most of her life but she did once have a real life. She carefully writes her biography when no one is around and hides it beneath a few loose boards when she hears someone coming. The asylum is about to be demolished and the patients all need to either be set free or set up to live elsewhere. Another sad but beautifully written story of the evils that one human can inflict upon another.
Nomad by the author of Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, is a story that needs to be told. Escaping the hideous culture of Islam, Ayaan recounts the life of her family and extended family; it’s all tragic. Although the subject is compelling the book is a bit dry. It eventually gets bogged down in politics. But the story needs to be told.
Thankfully Ayaan persevered speaking out against the atrocities of this religion. As she acknowledges herself, “Unlike white commentators, who were hamstrung by the fear that they would be labeled racists, I could voice my criticisms of the feudal, religious, and repressive mechanisms that were holding back women from Muslim communities.”
Soooo… have you read any well written light reads you would suggest. Right about now, I am ready for one!