I’ve finished reading the book Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay this summer but I couldn’t find right words to describe it until recently. The book narrates about a tragic story of ten years old Jewish girl Sarah who escapes from the Nazi camp to reunite with her brother locked in a closet at her house. It is an incredibly sad and beautifully written novel that teaches the reader a couple of useful lessons.
#1: Always follow through
A little girl Sarah, a hero of Tatiana de Rosnay’s novel, feels responsible for a brother that she left in the apartment where Nazis arrested her family and tries to save him despite of all the harsh circumstances. She finally achieves her goal, but what she finds at home is not what she expected. In real life, it is not that easy to follow through as it is in a book. Nevertheless, Sarah’s journey is a great motivation to try harder even if you are not sure that the result of your actions will be positive.
#2: Truth could be difficult to handle
One of the heroes of Rosnay’s book keeps the secret that is rooted in her childhood throughout her entire life. As it turned out, the best-kept secrets are capable of destroying people’s lives. Everybody is making his or her own decisions but probably honesty is really the best policy.
#3: Avoid groupthink
As many of the books about Jews struggled under the Nazis regime, Sarah’s Key narrates about the dangers of the biggest groupthink of the 20th century, Nazism. However, even when the entire world goes nuts some people are capable to stay human and go against the system.
The book Sarah’s Key is a very easy and at the same very hard book to read. The plot is so clear and well organized that it is a true pleasure reading it. However, the story that stands behind the book might be too difficult to handle.