She does this with a heightened understanding of human behavior and an instinctively literary mind that utilizes some techniques and methods that will be used only years after she is gone.I wonder what these techniques and methods are...would it be the telling of the same story from so many different points of view? We read stories that are written this way so often now. Perhaps this technique was not used at the time this novel was written.
Has Némirovsky presented a fair picture? The story does portray the Parisians as selfish and only concerned with their own well being and wealth. Is this fair? Perhaps this is the way they were!
Has she written a journalistic account of the time or a story of fiction? It reads to me as a story of fiction written in a journalistic style. We recently read The Devil in White City which was a non-fiction story written in a fictional style.
How have her own personal experiences biased her writing? Is this novel a contribution to the library of wartime literature? It certainly is a strong condemnation of the self absorbed attitudes of the wealthy people of Paris.
Consider in your reading so far whether or not you consider what Irène Némirovsky has written to be a tragically classic story or if she is merely a tragic figure in her own story. I would say that this is a tragically classic historical fiction glimpse of the lives of a few self absorbed wealthy people of Paris.