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Zara, Faringdon Community College

Salt to the Sea

Salt to the sea is an amazing novel. It has all the elements necessary for a continuously engaging read. This book centers around the nation of East Prussia in 1945, four people. All of different nationalities. Different sides of the war. As natzi settlers begin to start crumbling away because of Russian forces, a stunning thousands of people migrated to the ports, to board ships. The Wilhelm Gustloff was the largest marine disaster in history and was one of the ships leaving the port. All four of the characters were on board that boat. This story of woe, misery and tragedy traces their journey to the boat, the ports, the sinking and the aftermath of said sinking. With truly immersive characters, Salt to the sea is a must read. With each page out of around 400 bringing something new to read, I literally couldn't put it down. The Wilhelm Gustloff tragedy is one few speak about, however, this book tells their story, it tells their deaths. It tells the reality of it all, which I find fascinating. It's my new favourite book, this historical fiction novel is honestly so sincere and genuine, it will not disappoint you, I promise. Read it. Listen to the sadness. Absorb it and never let them forget to Wilhelm Gustloff. (It's also the only book that's ever made me cry, so that's something.)

Posted on: 12th May 2017 at 01:57 pm

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