Despite no likeable characters this book is an amazing read. When this book was first published reviewers wanted to say that Nemirovsky was anti-semetic, they would go on to say this about some of her other works. It doesn't matter that David Golder is jewish and not well liked or portrayed positively by the author, what is important and probably the heart of the story is that he is a cut-throat business man and out to make every dollar he can, he is ruthless and while he is not liked much by his counterparts he likes and thinks even less of them.
Well worth the read.
The story opens with the word NO! An older Jewish man with the name of David Golder is the main character in this well written book by Irene Nemirovshy. (Never heard of her, neither did I until this book and WOW she is wonderful. She died in 1942 at the hands of the Germans at Auschwitz. From what I see from this book we lost a great author.) He is a wealthy business man whose family we come to know and the man whom you will come to feel sorry for. Fast paced, an easy read between heavy duty books. There is a part of all families in this raw depiction of life. You do not want to miss this one.