Fire in the Blood

Fire in the Blood

Book - 2007
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At the center of the tale is Silvio, who in his younger years fled the boredom of the village for of travel and adventure, returns to live in a farmer's hovel in the middle of the woods. Much to his family's dismay, Silvio is content with his solitude. But when he attends the wedding of his favorite young cousin, Silvio begins to be drawn back into the complicated life of this small town. As the narration unfolds, we are given an intimate picture of the loves and infidelities, the scandals, the youthful ardor and regrets of age that tie Silvio to the long-guarded secrets of the past.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2007
Edition: 1st North American ed
ISBN: 9780307267481
Branch Call Number: Fiction Nem
Characteristics: 137 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Smith, Sandra 1949-


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Mar 26, 2016

I struggled through the first third of this novel then it improved so I did manage to finish it. I found it gloomy and depressing. I assume that it is a good depiction of French country folks' lives in the early 20th century. They didn't have a lot of fun!
It seems wasteful for the library to have eight copies of this book when other novels are disappearing from the shelves - one copy would be sufficient.

bmetcalf64 Feb 24, 2012

A gem of a novel. Perfect narrative symmetry, and delicious, evocative, and haunting prose. Reading i is like drinking a glass of very fine old wine.

Feb 27, 2011

Calm and dispassionate Sylvio watches the passions around him and is stirred into remembering his own as a young man.

Worth a read - as are Nemirovsky's Suite Francaise and her other short novels like this one

May 19, 2008

Simple premise, but wonderfully written. Great introduction to the French and English versions of the book. I couldn't help wondering at the end if the book would have been continued had the author survived. A lot is left to the imagination with the final sentence.


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