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Cristina, Nailsea School Book Club

Salt to the Sea

An incredible book that grips you from page one and takes your breath away, like a punch in the stomach. The story of four young people trapped in one of the most tragic events of WWII, in the violence and confusion of the aftermath of the end of the war. How scary must have been for thousands of children and youngsters, left alone to fend for themselves! This is historical fiction at this best. The very short chapters and the alternating of each character's story makes you want to read on. It is not an 'easy' reading: some passages overwhelm the reader with deep sadness, some imageries are so shocking that makes one feel ashamed of mankind and the atrocities perpetrated no matter by which nation. Amazingly there were survivors and it is a deep relief to read the author's notes and learn more about them and of the people that have given their time and commitment to make sure that the memory of the dead ones is kept alive. And at the back of my mind I could not help thinking of the refugees of nowadays escaping from their countries torn by wars and in search of new homes.

Posted on: 24th April 2017 at 09:28 pm

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