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Fire in the blood how uickly it burns out This extremely short novel "is narrated by Silvio He spent most of his life roaming the world "narrated by Silvio He spent most of his life roaming the world having exotic mistresses Now he has come home to roost in a hovel near a small French village Looking back on his life he wonders

"why he ever "
he ever the need to wander All he wants now is to be left alone to drink his wine write and watch the seasons pass He tells the stories of youth and passion and betrayal among some of the locals both past and present The book ends rather abruptly which was a bit of a bummer but it s still worth reading The best thing about this book is not the stories but the portrait of French country life in the time between world wars Very gossipy provincial people determined to remain insular and even overlook crimes in order to eep the peace and prevent outside interference I really got a sense of place and time and enjoyed her descriptions of simple things like the colors of the sky or walking through thick leaves in the fall Excellent book with a very unexpected ending It reveals a little nown part of French regional culture and explores the depths of emotion in an isolated community where feelings and desires run much deeper than they appear on the surface About ten years ago I took a course in French Women Writers in translation Ir ne N mirovsky wasn t included but we read a lot of Colette de Beauvoir Duras and YourcenarThere s a particular tone of writing they all have in common maybe it s a fundamental to the way women write in French or maybe it s fundamental to the experience of being a French woman although Yourcenar immigrated to eastern Canada I don t now But this fit in beautifully with what I read and loved beforeI m splitting a difference with four stars N mirovsky had finished a draft of this novel at the time of her arrest and execution at Auschwitz The characterization is lovely the language is exuisite the story itself complete and achingly beautiful if spare But I can imagine her adding a little As it stands there isn t a single excess word Every detail is vital which is why it took me days to read such a slim volume I had to stop and consider and let every word sink in I m glad I did because all the characters feel vivid and real to me but I m not uite content with the build to the en. From the celebrated author of the international bestseller Suite Française a newly discovered novel a story of passion and long ept secrets set against the background of a rural French village in the years before World War IIWritten in 1941 Fire in the Blood – only now asse. Chaleur du sangOf perfect euilibrium and enviable morality They have renounced the vain attempts of youth to adapt the world to their desiresIn a of youth to adapt the world to their desiresIn a years they will once again be troubled by anxiety but this time it will be a fear of deathBut between "The Ages Of Forty And Sixty They "ages of forty and sixty they a precarious sense of tranuilityMany such which make the book a uick read Highly recommended from an increasingly in awe fan of the author This is the first novel by the author that I have really liked This one spoke to me It s short It s about the passion one feels in youth The title is perfect The central character Silvio is he who tells the story He reflects on the passion he felt in his youth This passion once so strongly felt is now gone What he now looks for in life is peace peace and uiet He s in his fifties He never married After years abroad he has returned to his home village in Burgundy France He s a solitary figure a loner One cannot help but wonder what has happened in Silvio s past to make him who he is now Why does he tell us that for some peace is a subs Fire in the Blood by the inimitable Irene Nemirovsky is my first reread of my Reading the World project I adore what I have read of her work to date it is both measured and incredibly beautiful Translated by Sandra Smith as much of her work seems to be Fire in the Blood is set in a rural village in the historical region of Burgundy France also the setting of the work which she is best nown for Suite FrancaisePublished posthumously in France in 2007 and in Britain a year later Fire in the Blood was the second Nemirovsky which I read whilst fittingly on holiday in the Dordogne The volume opens with a foreword by Olivier Philipponat and Patrick Lienhardt who both wrote an insightful biography of the author as well as discovering the full length manuscript of Fire in the Blood amongst her effectsThe novella for a novella Fire in the Blood shows us the intense passion of youth as well as the regrets and contentment experienced in l *355A Contemplative Novella Exploring * contemplative novella exploring contradictions between the fiery ardor of youth and the cold complacency of old age against the backdrop of a close nit rural community in the French countryside The writing lacks polish but it is good enough to warrant further delving into Ir ne N mirovsky s oeuvre. Who has returned to this small town after years away As his narration unfolds we are given an intimate picture of the loves and infidelities the scandals the youthful ardor and regrets of age that tie Silvio to the long guarded secrets of the past From the Trade Paperback editi. Ding s final turnI haven t "read Suite Fran aise yet but now I m very much looking forward to it Who "Suite Fran aise yet but now I m very much looking forward to it Who that rural France around the time of WW II was such a hotbed of marital infidelity Pun intended Perhaps it s due to so many families marrying off daughters to old farmers old enough to be their fathers who own land and therefore wealth Yet one woman in the story who is unfaithful has a young husband The story is one of young women surreptitiously having young men on the side and the young men sneaking through woods at night for their rendezvous A young husband has *LIKELY BEEN MURDERED HARD TO KNOW * been murdered hard to now sure since h Well actually mine is the hardcover version by CW but it isn t listed on GRI really just want to note having read this otherwise I m bound to forget It s a cracker of a story very French very why they have crimes of passion Read it when you need something that s easy but well written to block out the real world for a few hours It worked for me I serendipitously and to my pleasant surprise found this hard cover in a second hand bookshop a shop where you least expect to find works of such authors I could not resist reading this immediatelyWhat a find indeedIrene Nemirovsky is all and that I have read about in the reviews and in her books The Courilof Affair was a revelation The storylines and the personalisation make you feel like you are with the characters as the events are playing out In foreword I read that Irene left behind handwritten manuscripts in a suitcase which were later found and then converted into this book by her daughter Denise EpsteinThe book itself is just 150 pages and the story has all elements in it of love murder jealousy folks going away for a long time leaving unwanted children behind with someoneI would prefer not to share the storyline as you need to read it to enjoy itthe book itself is can be finished in one sitting I did so on a flight I liked this because Irene brings to life thoughts and emotions that almost all of us endure or feel in similar situations and how we are likely to respond to them And some excellent insightsWhen old people get together there is something unflappable about them you can sense they ve tasted the heavy bitterspicy food of life extracted its poisons and will now spend ten or fifteen years in a state. Mbled in its entirety – teems with the intertwined lives of an insular French village in the years before the war when peace was less important as a political state than as a coveted personal condition the untroubled pinnacle of happiness At the center of the novel is Silvio.

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