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Maddy, King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls

Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea is a emotional read as it provides insights​ into one of the greatest tragedies of modern history and different people's perspectives​ of it. I enjoyed how the author quickly changed between characters perspectives, as it kept you turning the pages and wanting to find out more. The short chapters kept the pace going and the plot moving. The characters were so well written that you felt like you knew them. You feel sorry for each character in their own way, Joana the kind nurse who cared for everyone and yet didn't know what to do with Florian, the theif who is in love with her. Emilia Jewish, Polish and afraid - you sympathise with her and feel like she should be allowed a second chance. Finally there is Alfred the Nazi, who simultaneously sickens and intrigues you with his 'letters' to his childhood sweetheart. The way the 4 characters interact together, and with the other beautifully written characters - formidable Eva, young Hans and wise 'Opi' - is so realistic but also so alien because of the environment that they are in. All in all the book is an amazing read that captures perfectly human emotions and beautifully portrays it, along with gruesome and fascinating imagery. Definitely an interesting, page turning read!

Posted on: 24th March 2017 at 04:53 pm

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