The Dogs and the Wolves

The Dogs and the Wolves

Irène Némirovsky / Dec 12, 2019

The Dogs and the Wolves This wonderful panoramic novel goes right back to Ir ne N mirovsky s roots sweeping the reader from the Jewish quarter of a Ukrainian city in the early years of the twentieth century to Paris in the

  • Title: The Dogs and the Wolves
  • Author: Irène Némirovsky
  • ISBN: 9780701181307
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This wonderful, panoramic novel goes right back to Ir ne N mirovsky s roots, sweeping the reader from the Jewish quarter of a Ukrainian city in the early years of the twentieth century to Paris in the twenties and thirties, and back again to eastern Europe in a snowy winter on the eve of war.At its heart is a tragic love, between Ada from the poor Jewish quarter and Harry,This wonderful, panoramic novel goes right back to Ir ne N mirovsky s roots, sweeping the reader from the Jewish quarter of a Ukrainian city in the early years of the twentieth century to Paris in the twenties and thirties, and back again to eastern Europe in a snowy winter on the eve of war.At its heart is a tragic love, between Ada from the poor Jewish quarter and Harry, son of a rich financier The dogs are the comfortable, assimilated rich Jews up on the hill, while the wolves, their distant cousins, struggle below in the ghetto Ada grows up motherless, looked after first by her father, then by an indomitable, social climbing aunt, and eventually moves to Paris with her aunt s family, all of them looking for a brighter future Ada makes a living in Paris as an artist, painting scenes from the world she has left behind Her cousin Ben, intense and ferociously intelligent, has loved her for years they share memories together they survived the terrible pogroms of their childhood and he presses her to marry him But Harry Sinner is also in Paris, moving in exclusive circles, and infatuated with the daughter of a wealthy gentile banker One day he buys two paintings which remind him of his past and the course of Ada s life changes once .But as recession and revolutions shake previously rich regimes, even a solid international bank can find itself over extended and vulnerable to greed Ben, now working for the Sinner family bank in Paris, is well placed to take the kind of risks he could only dream of in the past And as summer draws to a close, Ada s world is disintegrating and she is faced with a fateful decision.The Dogs and the Wolves, painted on a broad, vibrant canvas, with N mirovsky s acute eye for small cruelties and everyday sacrifice, is an achingly poignant novel about blood and belonging, dreams and desire.

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      • Irène Némirovsky

        Ir ne N mirovsky born February 11, 1903, Kiev, died August 17, 1942, Auschwitz, Poland was a Jewish novelist and biographer born in the Ukraine, who lived and worked in France.


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    1. There is a passage in the second book of the Maccabees in which seven young men, being threatened with torture unless they turn away from their jewish faith, all go to their deaths with a courage and confidence which is quite amazing. As with all accounts of such martyrdom however one needs to shade the story from a too critical approach so as to allow the Truth of the individuals courage to shine through the "collecting together of the recorded facts". Or just allow for the fact that the writer [...]


    2. R4pub 1940summer 2013jewishBBC BLURB: Ada Sinner grows up during the Jewish pogroms in the Ukraine in the early 20c. When her Aunt Raisia and cousins come to live with her and her father, she feels more alone than ever. But then Ada discovers another cousin, the rich and distant, Harry Sinner, and a life long passion and love for Harry begins.FURTHER INFO: The French title - Entre chien et loup, meaning twilight, the time when the light is too dim to distinguish a dog from a wolf. This is a nove [...]


    3. Benedetti Anobii e grazie ai quali ho scoperto autori che probabilmente mi sarebbero rimasti sconosciuti.Il modo di scrivere di questa donna ti entra nell'anima. Penso sarebbe interessante leggere anche la sua lista della spesa.Riesce a farti entrare nella storia e descrive i personaggi in un modo tale che hai la sensazione di conoscerli.Bello. Uno di quei libri che quando lo finisci lo tieni tra le mani e ti dispiace di doverlo riporre.


    4. "Solos", Felix Parra."Del mismo como que ciertos rostros, ciertas casas desconocidas, despiertan en la memoria un eco a un tiempo melancólico y dulce, como si nos encontráramos con los testigos de una vida anterior."Este es un libro lleno de nostalgias, de deseos, de pérdidas. Es un libro de una infinita tristeza y, al mismo tiempo, de una belleza literaria única. La narración, el estilo, nos permite no sólo comprender la vida de los personajes, su contexto, en una Europa del Este ya extin [...]


    5. I picked up this novel not so much because of the storyline, but because I was intrigued by the author’s own life. Irène Némirovsky was of Russian-Jewish origin and one of the many victims of the Final Solution. She was killed at 39 in Auschwitz, the largest concentration camp in the Nazi occupied Poland. Her wealthy family fled the Russian Empire at the beginning of the Russian Revolution in 1917 when Irène was only 14. Since then she lived mostly in Paris, married there, had two daughters [...]


    6. I was surprised by this novel.Surprised that it had been written in 1940, so late in Nemirovsky's career,so close to its fatal end.Having read 4 of her novels last year,early ones, powerful and original in plot and character,this one surprised because it disappointed. I mistook it for an early work sinceits style, plot and characterisation felt thin, simplistic and underdeveloped.Not meaty like her earlier books.Why should writers have to maintain, be able to consistently produce masterpiece aft [...]


    7. Nemirovsky's style is dark and overpowering -- it is as if the first page of the book places a pair of leaden hands on your shoulders, holding you down and forcing you to witness each character's febrile dance with doom. But there is grace in her writing, an agility of the phrase that rushes you forward in spite of your aching heart. And her merciless, razor-sharp precise descriptions of characters or situations are not mysanthropic in nature, quite the opposite: the sickly selfishness, compulsi [...]


    8. The Dogs and the Wolves is the sixth Némirovsky book I’ve read and in my opinion, it’s one of her best. Beautiful writing as always and a highly memorable story. Here are some of my favorite quotes:For the first time, she truly saw the lovely color of the sky, lilac and pistachio green, like sorbet; a yellowish moon, pale and round, without a halo, hovered there in the daylight. And on the horizon she could see soft, fluffy little clouds rushing by; they looked as if the moon was breathing [...]


    9. A bientôt!Lo sapevo Doveva succedere prima o poi, doveva capitare anche a me che un libro di Irène Némirovsky non rispettasse le attese, che mi deludesse.Non è questa la mia Irène: è stanca, frettolosa, a tratti persino troppo ingenua, prevedibile e mielosa.Alcune descrizioni sono come sempre superbe, così come la sua abituale capacità di tratteggiare e caratterizzare, con poche parole, ebrei russi e francesi, ricchi e poveri, cani e lupi.Ma non basta, questa volta non mi è proprio bast [...]


    10. FRom BBC Radio 4:Omnibus. Made for 4 Extra. Ada grows up in the poor Jewish pogroms of the Ukraine. Fate, finance and love cruelly collide, changing her life forever.




    11. Secondo libro della Némirovsky che leggo, autrice scoperta qui su . Brava, indubbiamente.Mi sono chiesta se non ci fosse un tocco autobiografico nel descrivere Ada, la bambina e poi la donna autonoma e determinata appartenente al lato sbagliato della famiglia Sinner. Molto interessante il concetto di destino, di sangue, che lega Ada ad Harry attraverso l'Europa. Mi spiace tuttavia che lui scompaia nel finale: lo vediamo per l'ultima volta a una festa, ignaro della disgrazia abbattutasi sulla su [...]


    12. I love Nemirovsky’s novels. The way she writes is just sublime, and I am so glad that her translators respect this and reflect it in their work. Everything about this story is exquisite – the writing style, the descriptions, the characterisation, the dialogue, the way in which characters forge relationships with one another, the settings… I absolutely adored the author’s portrayal of the sharp divide between opulence and poverty, and how it has the power to affect an entire family. Ada, [...]


    13. Una donna, due uomini. Tutti e tre ebrei e legati dallo stesso cognome. Harry vive nella parte alta della città, dove stanno i ricchi. Ada e Ben, in quella bassa, dove stanno i miseri. I cani e i lupi. Le loro vite si incroceranno presto e questo segnerà il loro futuro. In modo semplice e scorrevole , come sa essere la buona scrittura, sfogliamo le pagine della loro vita, della loro condizione di ebrei nell'Europa del primo '900.Credo di aver detto anche troppo. Anzi no. Leggetelo!


    14. Che differenza c'è tra i cani e i lupi? Geneticamente non molta, ma caratterialmente c'è un abisso, e i cani non possono vivere da soli nel vasto mondo, non ne hanno le risorse.La stessa differenza passa tra i cugini ebrei Harry e Ben, e tra di loro c'è Ada, lupa a sua volta, ma attratta dai cani.Ma ognuno verrà irresistibilmente fagocitato dalla sua natura e dal branco a cui appartiene.


    15. Very disappointing. Being a child (great, great grandchild) of immigrants who escaped from the Ukrainian pogroms I was full of hope Tyhe characters never really developed from one-dimensional set pieces.


    16. Cosa dire ? Assolutamente da leggere perché è magistrale . Irene Nemirovsky non delude mai , riesce a creare in modo impeccabile sia i personaggi che le ambientazioni; in questo romanzo c'è una piccola vena di speranza che però alla fine viene infranta a metà ma poi ritorna sul finale. Leggetelo


    17. A Romeo and Juliet type love story about love against the odds of class and poverty, this story is beautifully written. Achingly sad, I gave it three stars.


    18. Um romance escrito de forma simples, vivido no corpo de uma jovem simples, e com uma vida dura, uma mistura de platónico com real.



    19. A Romeo and Juliet novel with a twist: the lovers are both of the same extended family, one rich and the other poor, one cloistered at the top of the hill with all the trappings of wealth and the other dealing with pogroms, absentee fathers and wicked aunts.Ada Sinner is the poor girl, whose father is a broker, one of those in the social hierarchy who stand between the ghetto-poor and the upwardly mobile. Yet, he is a widower and has to rely in his widowed sister-in-law, Raissa, and her brood, w [...]


    20. Este livro narra a história de Ada uma jovem judia que se apaixona por Harry, com quem partilha a religião, mas não os meios de fortuna. Harry é rico, muito rico, enquanto Ada e a sua família lutam em Paris pela sua subsistência, enfrentando todo o tipo de adversidades. O enlevo de Ada por Harry começa na infância de ambos e é durante muito tempo platónico. Aquela paixão é uma fantasia, um reduto de sonhos, face a uma vida difícil, entre dificuldades económicas, abandono familiar e [...]


    21. Nemirovsky, the daughter of a wealthy banker, was born in Kiev and grew up in France where she found success as an author before the second world war brought an end to her writing, and her life. After the recent success of Suite Francaise, her earlier works have now been published. This one seems to have most echoes of her own life. Two distinct branches of the Sinner family are followed from their origins in a pre-revolutionary Ukrainian town, where the rich and poor Jews are distinct and divid [...]


    22. le mie due stelle (temo in controtendenza) si spiegano con quello che ho pensato ieri sera chiudendo il libro: forse ho attaccato Irène Némirovsky da un lato debole. I cani e i lupi mi ha dato l’impressione di non avere corpo, come se afferrandolo con leggera pressione rivelasse la fragilità di una sfera di carta, una di quelle lampade orientali in carta sottolissima e bacchette flessibili scrittura è quasi da fiaba, con una scansione temporale stramba, velocissima per valicare decenni ed [...]


    23. This book was chosen for our book club and from the moment I read about the author's life, I was intrigued.Irène Némirovsky was of Russian-Jewish origin and one of the many victims of the Final Solution. She was killed at 39 in Auschwitz, the largest concentration camp in the Nazi occupied Poland.Her wealthy family fled the Russian Empire at the beginning of the Russian Revolution in 1917 when Irène was only 14. Since then she lived mostly in Paris, married there, had two daughters and wrote [...]


    24. This is, I think, one of Irene Nemirovsky's best novels. The translator points out at the beginning of the book that in French there are multiple translations for the for the words wolf and dog. Those subtle inferences don't come across as well in English. In spite of her frustration with the differences between languages, I think, the messages and nuances in the book are terrific. The plot is interesting and the differences between the rich and poor classes are well defined. The life of Jews li [...]


    25. I really hoped I'd love this book, because I loved Suite Francais by the same author so much (touching and interesting; recommended), but this book was just awful. A real let down, with the kind of saccharine, wholly unrealistic plot that I hate: girl falls in love with boy from a very young age AND from a distance (bit silly); perseveres until adulthood with only the thoughts of him sustaining her through her dull life (where's your pride, lady?); does one gesture and suddenly the boy realises [...]


    26. I cani e i lupiè l'ultima opera di Irène Némirovsky, e come tale temo provochi aspettative assurdamente alte. Per me il suo capolavoro rimane Suite Francese, difficilmente eguagliabile e anche credo un libro a parte rispetto a tutto il resto della sua produzionebertabookshelf/2


    27. “Vivi come su un’isola deserta” le diceva Harry.“Ho sempre vissuto così. Perché attaccarsi a ciò che si deve perdere?”.“Ma perché lo si deve perdere, Ada?”.“Non lo so. È il nostro destino. Mi è sempre stato strappato tutto”. “E io allora? E io? Mi ami, non è vero? Tieni a me?”.“Tu sei un’altra cosa. Sono andata avanti per anni senza vederti, quasi senza conoscerti, e tu eri mio esattamente come adesso. Io, che sono abituata ad aspettarmi il peggio, non ho paura d [...]


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