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Suzy, Chobham Academy Book Group

Salt to the Sea

Being someone who doesn’t often read and especially not historical fiction I surprisingly enjoyed this book. I really liked how the story was told from four intertwining perspectives: a Lithuanian nurse, a German sailor, a pregnant Polish and a Prussian thief, with each character having their own original story to tell. The book follows the journey of Joana, Emilia, Florian and Alfred towards the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship promising safety and freedom. As the story unfolds and the war continues, we uncover that each character’s life was shaped by tragedy and that their pasts always continue to haunt them. Out of the characters Alfred has to be my least favourite because of how brainwashed he is from war and the Nazis. He spends most his time composing mental letters to Hannelore, a beloved neighbour from home, which overtime becomes boring.

Posted on: 9th May 2017 at 01:41 pm

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