Paperback Edition

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Pub. Date: July 2008
ISBN-13: 9780307388001
Pages: 160
Rating: 4 out of 5
Summary: After years of traveling around the world, Silvio returned to the French countryside to take care of his family’s farm. As an old man, Silvio lived alone and unmarried. A scandal involving love affairs suddenly erupted, and Silvio was reminded of the pain and the love he lost years ago when he was young…when he had fire in his blood.
Review: Fire in the Blood was written in 1942, but it was never finished by Nemirovsky who was captured by the Nazis in that same year.
I read Suite Francaise awhile back, and since I enjoyed it so much, I wanted to read more of Nemirovsky’s works. (My review of Suite Francaise is here if you are interested).
I’m not going to talk too much about the plot since I might reveal some spoilers. (The story is not even 200 pages!) What I will talk about is how lovely Nemirovsky writes. Her description of the French countryside is beautiful. She also has a way of painting Silvio that perhaps the reader might emphathize , not symphatize like the characters in the book do.
The plot may be predictable, but there’s a small twist in the end that I just didn’t expect. I would certainly would have loved to find out what kind of closure Silvio would have had with his past. Perhaps out of respect for the late Nemirovsky and her family, no one decided to finish the manuscript, but this is just my speculation. On the other hand, I think it’s kind of fun for the readers to give their own interpretation of the ending.
Recommendation: I think Nemirovsky fans might enjoy this book. If you’re looking for a quick read with a simple plot, this is a good choice, but just be aware that the ending is abrupt.

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