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Suite Francaise    (Continued)

The second part of the novel, “Dolce,” follows Frenchmen in a German-occupied village. The Germans direct every day for the citizens, taking away everything from grain to lakes, and requiring coupons for food and drink. The story reveals the inner struggle of the villagers as they decide to accept or decline their German company, and the resulting consequences. It unmasks a bleak reality that is nearly impossible to realistically portray.

Nemirovsky's writing is sharp and concise while still holding tight to the descriptions and minor details necessary for the realism of this plot. Despite the interesting story and characters that, at times, tug at your heartstrings, the lack of dialogue and occasionally odd translation make it a difficult read.

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