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Fire In The Blood by Irene Nemirovsky

Fire In The Blood
By Irene Nemirovsky
Completed November 8, 2008

Fire In The Blood is the second manuscript published after the death of Irene Nemirovsky, who died in a concentration camp during World War II. Her husband started to type this story before his arrest, and for years, many thought that the story would remain unfinished – until French scholars looking through Nemirovsky’s papers found the handwritten version. The end result is a moving yet raw look into love and passion set in the French countryside.

Silvio was a former playboy who settled back into his French farm once he reached middle age. Unmarried, his former lifestyle made him more observant of the passion (fire in the blood) of his younger village inhabitants. Fire In The Blood had all of the aspects of a reckless love story – women cheating on their aging husbands, lovers committing crimes of passion and older, wiser people shaking their heads at it all.

The story was easy to read and gripping, which was remarkable when you consider the conditions in which it was written and published. It did not have the “normal” editing process that would have occurred if Nemirovsky survived. However, there was something charming about this story that an editorial polish may have stripped. Some things are better left alone.

If you enjoyed Suite Francaise, then I would recommend Fire In The Blood to you. I would also recommend it if you are interested in learning more about life in French villages before World War II – it provided a wonderful glimpse into this provincial world. ( )


( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 9th, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
3m said:
Glad you liked this! I loved Suite Francaise and have been meaning to read this one sometime.

Nov. 9th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
I read this last year and really enjoyed it. I found the characters more likeable than those in some of her other books.

My review is here (http://readingadventures.blogspot.com/2007/11/fire-in-blood-by-irene-nemirovsky.html)
Nov. 9th, 2008 11:56 pm (UTC)
you had me...
at WWII! I love this era for books...it is so rich in history and struggle. I would love to read this book...perhaps in 2009! There's a big challenge in the works...stay tuned for details...
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