Fire in the Blood

Fire in the Blood

Downloadable Audiobook - 2007
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From the author of the universally acclaimed and bestselling Suite Francaise: a newly discovered novel, never before published?a story of passion and long-kept secrets, set against the background of a rural French village in the years before World War II. We hear the voice of Silvio: a man getting on in years who has returned to the village of his youth after a long time abroad. He lives by himself, enjoys his wine and his solitude. But a visit from his cousin ̌Ḧlne and her husband Fraṅois, with their future son-in-law in tow, begins to draw Silvio back into the life of his family and of this insular community, toward the revelation of secrets he and others have guarded for decades. As the novel unfolds, we are given an intimate picture of the web of marriage and infidelity, loyalties set against love, trust and betrayal, scandal vying with reputation, evils petty and potent, youthful passions and regrets of age that tie Silvio to both his past and the unexpected events of the present. Nemirovsky wrote with a crystalline understanding of the pretensions and protections of society, and of the varied workings of the human heart; with a simple, vigorous language that is as resonant in its evocation of time and place as it is of the emotional and moral ambiguities in her characters' lives. All of which was evident in Suite Fraṅaise and abundantly evident again in this splendid addition to an already remarkable oeuvre.
Publisher: [New York] : Books on Tape, 2007
ISBN: 9781415943366
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eAudiobook
Additional Contributors: Bramhall, Mark


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Oct 07, 2015

A story about life and secrets in a small French town. The reader learns the secrets and the deep feelings of the characters. I saw them as very human; each was a good, kind character, full of flaws that brought happiness, pain, hurt.
The theme centers around secrets, actions, consequences and loyalty in all its forms.
Irene Nemirovsky was a wonderful author. She would have been one of the great ones. She still is but imagine the wonderful stories she had in her to tell that we'll never know about.

Mar 08, 2015

First time with this author & not too enthused.


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