All Our Worldly Goods
In haunting ways, this gorgeous novel prefigures Irène Némirovsky’s masterpiece Suite Française. Set in France between 1910 and 1940 and first published in France in 1947, five years after the author’s death, All Our Worldly Goods is a gripping story of war, family life and star-crossed lovers.... show more
In haunting ways, this gorgeous novel prefigures Irène Némirovsky’s masterpiece Suite Française. Set in France between 1910 and 1940 and first published in France in 1947, five years after the author’s death, All Our Worldly Goods is a gripping story of war, family life and star-crossed lovers. Pierre and Agnes marry for love against the wishes of his parents and his grandfather, the tyrannical family patriarch. Their marriage provokes a family feud that cascades down the generations. This brilliant novel is full of drama, heartbreak, and the telling observations that have made Némirovsky’s work so beloved and admired.
Publish date: 2011-09-06
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
I adored this book. The cover says "A novel of love between the wars" (which is a siren song to me), but this was so much more than that. Pierre Hardelot breaks his engagement to the rich Simone to marry the girl he loves, sweet but poor Agnes. This domestic scandal -- an old established family bitt...
I give away the ending. Read this anyway.This novel feels contemporary and Tolstoyesque all at once. The characters are sketched rather than painted in oil, and the humor is gorgeous and easily missed if you read too quickly. For instance:"Sitting comfortably, without her corset, her arms and legs b...
All Our Worldly Goods is a wonderfully rich novel of “love between the wars.” It is an easy read driven largely by the plot which follows the Hardelot family through its ups and downs from 1911 to 1940. It is filled with an intriguing cast of characters whom I wished to know better. The prose is be...
Wow..I must have really missed something. Although this book didn't bore me, I just couldn't get into it either (make sense??). I found the characters boring. From the description of this book, I expected this book to be full of dramatic events and such...to me, it wasn't and it didn't rise up to th...
I fell in love with Irene Nemirovsky's prose when I read "Suite Francaise," and was delighted to find "All Our Worldy Goods." Both books were published posthumously, as the author died at Auschwitz.In this book, Nemirovsky brings us four generations of the Hardelot family of Saint-Elme. Beginning ...
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