Catherine, St Augustines Catholic College
Salt to the Sea
Salt to the Sea is a pretty average book, really. It’s full of the typical horrors of war and depicted a lot of suffering and death of the time, sometimes well and sometimes just filling in the background. It lacked solid descriptions, especially in the ship and towns, which made it hard to picture the larger scenes around all the tragedy and death, and it often felt as though I was wandering through this novel with short-sighted vision and a magnifying glass that showed me smaller details but nothing bigger. It was peppered with annoying Americanisms which detracted from the otherwise really detailed research that has gone into this book’s historical detail. The tiny chapters, flicking between multiple first-person POVs, made the writing emotionally flat and disconnected, with no time to really get a feel for any of the characters as people. If there’s something I want in a book about such tragedy, it’s emotion, and this book distinctly lacked any real emotional engagement or connection with me. It’s not a book that will stay with me for months or even years, it’s just average.
Posted on: 30th March 2017 at 12:40 pm
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