(ebook) Chaleur du sang By Irène Némirovsky
Irène Némirovsky Ð 3 summaryThis is the first novel by the author that
have eally liked This one spoke to me It s short It s about the passion one feels youthreally liked This one spoke to me It s short It s about the passion one feels in youth title is perfect The central character Silvio is he who tells the story He eflects 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 eturned to his home village in Burgundy France He #S A Solitary Figure A #a solitary figure a 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 substitute for happiness Should we then believe that all he eally wants is peace What is he not telling us about his pastAlthough secrets are kept villagers do clearly know what is going on in each other s lives Some are not liked why Silvio has a large extended family but he appears to be closest to his pretty cousin H l ne her law abiding husband Fran ois and their vivacious daughter Colette We come to discover that family elations are complicated than what we are told at the start Unraveling elationships discovering what has happened in the past and grasping the esultant conseuences is what the book is about We come to understand why some secrets must be kept I despise secrets and even I understand why secrets had to be kept Are you curious Good Read the book Also observe townspeople knew what was going on Gossip is never silenced Actually it was simply a matter of not bringing the secrets out into the open This one eflects upon One also ponders how the fire in our blood subsides as we ageThis is the first book by the author where I find the writing exceptionally good The audiobook is very well narrated by Mark Bramhall He speaks as Silvio would speak He speaks as one who is calm cool and collected a man seeking peace Untilyou ll see he cracks Bramhall captures Silvio s anger too French words are properly pronounced Four stars for the narration Sandra Smith has done the translation from French to English The text flows smoothlyFire in the Blood 4 starsAll Our Worldly Goods 3 starsSuite Fran aise 1 starThe Fires of Autumn TBR 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 esist eading this immediatelyWhat a find indeedIrene Nemirovsky is all and that I have ead about in the eviews and in her books The Courilof Affair was a evelation The storylines and the personalisation make you feel like you are with the characters as the events are playing out In foreword I ead 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 ead 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 espond 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 of perfect euilibrium and enviable morality They have enounced the vain attempts of youth to adapt the world to their desiresIn a few 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 enjoy a precarious sense of tranuilityMany such which make the book a uick ead Highly ecommended from an increasingly in awe fan of the author Well actually mine is the hardcover version by CW but it isn t listed on GRI eally just want to note having ead 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 eal world for a few hours It worked for me 355A contemplative novella exploring the contradictions between the fiery ardor of youth and the cold complacency of old age against the backdrop of a close knit ural 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 Fire in the Blood shows us the intense passion of youth as well as the egrets and contentment experienced in later life The narrator Silvio had spent years traveling the world and having a series of exotic lovers Now he just wants a uiet life in a small Burgundy farming village The novella evolves around several marriages including the nuptia. From the celebrated author of the international bestseller Suite Française a newly discovered novel a story of passion and long kept secrets set against the background of a ural French village in the years before World War IIWritten in 1941 Fire in the Blood – only now asse. Ls of Jean Dorin and Colette
"The Daughter Of S Cousin "daughter of s cousin her husbandAlthough the families are very private on the surface the villagers eally know everybody s business Youthful fire in the blood has led to clandestine meetings in the woods passionate affairs infidelity uestionable paternity and a terrible crime How is this fire lit within us It devours everything and then in a few years a few months a few hours even it burns itself out Then you see how much damage has been doneThe book includes the preface to the French edition with information about the author and the hidden original manuscript Author Irene Nemirovsky based
the setting on Issy l Eveue the French village where shesetting on Issy l Eveue the French village where she much of this novella in the early 1940s It has a wonderful sense of place and a group of ural characters that eally come to life The novella has a sad history since it was hidden with Suite Francaise at the time when Nemirovsky was arrested and sent to Auschwitz in 1942 It was not published until 2007 after the missing manuscript was found It is emarkably well written especially since it was published with very little editing Fire in the Blood by the inimitable Irene Nemirovsky is my first eread of my Reading the World project I adore what I have ead 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 ural village in the historical egion of Burgundy France also the setting of the work which she is best known for Suite FrancaisePublished posthumously in France in 2007 and in Britain a year later Fire in the Blood was the second Nemirovsky which I ead 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 it is eally unning to just 158 pages in the pictured edition tells of Sylvestre known throughout as Silvio his cousin Helene her second husband Francoise sic and of the truths deaths marriages children houses and mills that bind them with love and hatred deception and betrayal As far as themes go within literature this certainly covers a lot of basesFrom the outset everything within the novella is so well evoked Nemirovsky opens up a vivid world gone by in the first few exuisitely measured sentences We were drinking a light punch the kind we had when I was young and all sitting around the fire my Erard cousins their children and I It was an autumn evening the whole sky ed above the sodden fields of turned earth The fiery sunset promised a strong wind the next day the crows were cawing This large icy house is full of draughts Silvio then gives us crumbs of detail about himself on the first page he writes I am old poor and unmarried holed up in a farmer s hovel in the middle of the woods Unsurprisingly to anyone at all familiar with Nemirovsky s work the character descriptions within Fire in the Blood are excellently wrought Colette tells her Uncle Silvio But you look like a faun with your wide forehead turned up nose pointed ears and laughing eyes Sylvestre creature of the woods That suits you very well Silvio s further descriptions of his own person too are memorable and unflinchingly candid For I sometimes feel I ve been ejected by life as if washed ashore by the tide I ve ended up on a lovely beach an old boat still solid and seaworthy but whose paint has faded in the water eaten away by salt Nemirovsky s use of the male perspective is ealistic and often uite profound Through Silvio the eader is brought into the heart of a small and ural community as though a member him or herself the people around here have a kind of genius for living in the most difficult way possible No matter how ich they are they efuse pleasure even happiness with implacable determination wary perhaps of its deceptive promise Smith s translation is faultless there is a wonderful poetic fluidity to the piece from beginning to end Fire in the Blood is an incredibly human work which has been exuisitely written Her descriptions are eminiscent of Katherine Mansfield s in their vivid snapshots of beauty and clarity Like Mansfield s her work is almost entirely sensually appealing There is so much depth within this short and perfectly crafted novel For those unfamiliar with Nemirovsky s work Fire in the Blood is a great taster of her wonderful stylistic choices and engrossing storylines Who knew that ural 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. 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. ,
Men on the side and the young men sneaking through woods at For Their Rendezvous A their endezvous A husband has likely been hard to know for sure since he fell off a bridge at night and drowned If murdered was it by another young ival for his wife Was his wife in on it Was it the husband of someone he was fooling around with And we have a surprise at the end about the paternity of one of the main characters Who would have thought The author writes about the peculiar character of the peasants small farmers eally It s true the people around here have a kind of genius for living in the most difficult way possible The farmers are male of course hardened suspicious jealous penny pinching uncommunicative No wonder their young wives un around on them The women have their own issues Cecile Coudray who saved Helene s honor and maybe even her life when
She Was In Dire Straits Was Never Able To Forgivewas in dire straits was never able to forgive for being happy It s only human A preface calls the village a predatory community of extreme cunning We have great writing Here s Nemirovsky s take on a wedding the groom in pain because his shoes are too tight and from every nook and cranny of the surrounding countryside the family friends and neighbors people sometimes not seen in years but who suddenly turn up like corks bobbing to the surface each one awakening the memory of uarrels that started back in the mists of time past loves former grudges engagements broken then forgotten inheritances law suits Supposedly the village setting and the hotel are the same ones the author used in Suite Fran aise The village is where she lived when she escaped from Paris during the German occupation and the hotel was where she did much of her writing Nemirovsky was desperately writing to support her family while hoping that her family s adopted Catholicism would save them from Nazi prosecution for her Jewish heritage It didn t both she and her husband died in concentration campsReaders of Suite Francaise may know the story of that novel being smuggled out of France in a suitcase by her two daughters just before the author was imprisoned Apparently about 40 pages of this novel Fire in the Blood were in the package with Suite and it wasn t until 2007 that two biographers found the emainder of the novel in her archived papers in a French museum These had been given to an editor It s a good ead short only 129 pages The book is translated from the French and it has several introductory pieces including the preface to the first French edition photo from dailymailcouk About ten years ago I took a course in French Women Writers in translation Ir ne N mirovsky wasn t included but we ead 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 know But this fit in beautifully with what I ead 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 ead 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 eal to me but I m not uite content with the build to the ending s final turnI haven t ead Suite Fran aise yet but now I m very much looking forward to it Excellent book with a very unexpected ending It eveals a little known part of French egional culture and explores the depths of emotion in an isolated community where feelings and desires un much deeper than they appear on the surface Fire in the blood how uickly it burns out This extremely short novel is narrated by Silvio He spent most of his life oaming the world and having exotic mistresses Now he has come home to oost in a hovel near a small French village Looking back on his life he wonders why he ever felt 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 ather abruptly which was a bit of a bummer but it s still worth eading 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 emain insular and even overlook crimes in order to keep the peace and prevent outside interference I eally 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. Who has eturned 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 egrets of age that tie Silvio to the long guarded secrets of the past From the Trade Paperback editi.