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Anna, St Helen and St Katharine

Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea is a touching story of how some unlikely friends fight for their lives to escape war-torn Germany in 1941.
We follow six main characters; Emila is a Polish 15 year old who holds some depressing and scarring secrets, Florian is a German runaway shrouded in mystery, Joanna is a nurse but has the worst possible secret tugging at her heart, Eva, a giantess who escapes a horrible fate, Alfred who is a monsterous Nazi sailor and the shoe poet who is a kindly old shoe maker who has taken the, “wandering boy” under his wing.
A word of caution, this is a truly morbid and harrowing book. It contains in-depth descriptions of childbirth, children being crushed to death, people murdered in their beds and corpses – too many to count. Over the 378 pages the emotional toll gets more and more.
I will recommend this book because I like Sepety’s gripping writing style but only to readers with emotional courage, able to cope with a lot of blood, death and inhumanity. Certainly do not read if you are under the age of 10.
Finally, I think that people who are following the far right end of politics should read this book so that they heed the lessons from history.

Posted on: 28th March 2017 at 09:34 am

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