All Our Worldly Goods, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Pierre and Agnes marry for love against the wishes of his parents and the family patriarch, the tyrannical industrialist Julien Hardelot, provoking a family feud which cascades down the generations. Even when war is imminent and Pierre is called up, the old man is unforgiving.

Taut, evocative and beautifully paced, All Our Worldly Goods points up with heartbreaking detail and clarity how close were those two wars, how history repeated itself, tragically, shockingly...




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I didn't think this was as good a novel as Suite Francaise. While her descriptions of the fear and dread and sense of hopelessness and helplessness in France in the run up to war are well described, as in the more famous novel, I found much of the rest of this rather banal and did not care greatly for any of the characters.

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This book reads like the cousin of the more famous [Suite Francaise]. The similarities are clear; Nemirovsky writes of a France twice torn apart by war, and a population fleeing before the invading enemy. Although it is inevitable that we compare these two books because of their similarities, I would say that this is a more satisfying read than the more famous work, simply for the fact of being a complete novel; Nemirovsky never finished [Suite Francaise] before being deported to Auschwitz, where she died in 1943. [All Our Worldly Goods] follows a wealthy family through both world wars, and the inter-war period, speaking of love, jealousy and rivalries in a virtually inimitable style.That Nemirovsky never lived to see the end of this war of which she wrote always astounds me; reading seventy years later, I read this as a beautifully-written history, but for her contemporaries, this would have been their reality, a social commentary for their times. Simply a wonderful read.

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