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Mrs B, Stockport School Carnegie Readers

Salt to the Sea

The sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff is possibly one of the biggest maritime disasters in history, and yet many of us will have never heard of it because the ship that sank was a German one. With over 10,000 civilians on board the loss of life is monumental and, in this novel, we are given a snapshot into the lives of four of those involved.
Initially I found the shifting viewpoints quite distracting. I also feel it made me somewhat detached from the characters as I never really got much of a sense of who each was.
There were so many examples of foreshadowing that we knew something pretty tragic was going to occur, but I did feel the moment of the attack and aftermath was captured perfectly. Some of the characters were deeply unpleasant, while others we came to care about deeply.
All in all a strange read. Not particularly memorable for me, but I guess it's been successful if it encourages you to find out more about the events on which it is based.

Posted on: 28th March 2017 at 01:27 pm

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