Sunday, October 24, 2010

Fire in the Blood by Irene Nemirovsky

I really liked the title of this book.  I'll fully admit that's what drew me to the book.  Just sounds so intense and passionate.  Fire in the Blood.

This is considered one of the unfinished works of Irene Nemirovsky.  Difficult to really judge the work based on the idea that it was her rough draft.  This was found years after her death at a concentration camp during WWII. 

Unlike Suite Francaise, this is not at all about the war.  This is about some people living in the country.  The story is almost soap opera-ish, with their dramas involving affairs and lies and loves and such.  The narrator is a man who lived a full life, traveled around the world -- he claims he had a "fire in the blood" that kept him from remaining at home.  Now he's old and observing the lives of his cousins and their adult children.

There's a very dramatic twist at the end, long buried secrets revealed that's fairly shocking to all involved.  I can't elaborate too much without giving the story away.

It's a somewhat interesting story, a very quick read.  It's not great though.  As I said, I believe this was the author's rough draft, so the story wasn't fully developed.  I'm looking forward to reading some of the author's finished work that was published during her lifetime to see if there is a significant difference in the writing.

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