Title: Dimanche and Other Stories
Author: Irene Nemirovsky
Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Edition: audio book
Reader: Cassandra Campbell (very good)
Date Completed: 6/27/2011
Rating: 4.5/5Recommend: yes
Dimanche and Other Stories is a a wonderful collection of (1) short stories, written between 1934 - 1942. The author, and her husband died in Auschwitz, but their two you daughter survived, protected by a teacher, friends of the family in various safe houses. Some of her writing was tucked away in a suitcase and saved, and then published many years after her death. You can read more about this talented writer whose life was cut short HERE.
The stories in this collection take place in France before and after the war. Most of the stories centered around family, relationships, social class and religious differences. Most were deeply moving, and left me with a lot to think about while listening and after I had finished listening. A few of my favorites were:
- Those Happy Shores
- Flesh and Blood
- The Spell
One story, as seen through the eyes of a young girl, who because of her age, did not understand what was going on in an adult relationship, and was left confused. Another story, which left me saddened was about a husband who never really cherished or understood his wife, until after she was gone.
The characters in each story were expertly drawn, and were all too human; some of the characters I pitied, others I disliked. The setting in many of the stories also left a lasting impression. The audio book reader Cassandra Campbell did a very good job, and her use of a French accent worked out well I thought.
If you enjoy audio books, and stories with some substance, I think you will enjoy this collection.