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Mrs Allsopp, Friesland School

Salt to the Sea

This book took me on an emotional journey.
For the first half of the book (before they get to the dock), I had to put it down on more than one occasion, because the imagery was just too harrowing and depressing. I read a nice "fluffy" book in the middle to cheer myself up!
In saying that, the book was astonishing. As I have said, the imagery is astonishing and once I had got used to it, I loved the short snappy chapters. It is beautifully written. I really grabbed me and pulled me in. I cared about all of the characters and really wanted them all to get through this horrendous trauma.
I like the way that the author tells the tale without going into gruesome or massively graphic detail, but it is written in a way that you get the EXACT image in your head immediately.
I loved the difference in the characters: Alfred, the Nazi who loved Hitler more than his own father. It was sickening how he treated people. Young, pregnant, Polish and Jewish Emilia. Abused and frightened - oh my heart went out to her! Joana the nurse. So gentle and loving. Florian, the realist and the the thief? And I have to mention "Opi" and Hans. Again, beautifully written characters.
This book is well worth a read. The second half especially.

Posted on: 23rd March 2017 at 03:35 pm

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