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Jaz, Chobham Academy Book Group

Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea starts off by introducing the reader to the four different characters who narrate the book. This was a confusing structure, as each differently narrated section was not long enough to distinguish between the characters, so this was confusing to read and hard to understand what was happening with the plot at that moment and who's perspective it was from. Alfred's perspective was also difficult to read, as half of it was in a letter to "Hannelore", who we assume to be a girlfriend of some kind. This may have contributed towards the plot being confusing. It involved the four characters' paths crossing each other, but Alfred's character did not seem to fit as well with the rest of them. The whole point of the characters' journeys was to reach a ship headed away from Germany; however this journey took a long time to achieve, which results in the reader getting impatient and just wanting them to get to the boat. However, the ending, unlike the slow paced rest of the book, was gripping and suspenseful. There is a line in the book which is extremely powerful, yet horrifying. It describes how the dead babies floating in the water were legs up, as their heads were the heaviest parts of their bodies. It was a shocking ending. If only the rest of the book had been that exciting. Overall, the book was not one of my personal favourites, as it was confusing and took a long time to actually get exciting.

Posted on: 14th June 2017 at 08:16 pm

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