Impressions in Ink recently read and reviewed All Our Worldly Goods by Irene Nemirovsky for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012. Here’s an excerpt:
I loved this book and was quickly swept away by this story. I could easily relate to Agnes and Pierre’s marriage beginnings, the depth of love they had for each other, the growing realizations of the transformation in their marriage, the quickness of time, and the anxieties over children and the choices they’d made. My curiosity was satisfied in what life was like for French citizens during World War I, the aftermath of the “Great War,” and then World War II.
What All Our Worldly Goods lacks in characterization, it more than makes up for in beautiful writing. Nemirovsky’s novel has great atmosphere: a rich, detailed setting. The characters are more simple than complex human beings, but, I think there are enough presented to get a flavor of what life was like across the generations in the troubled decades between the start of World War I and the beginning of World War II. They’re more sketched than developed.
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