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Sam, Oxted

Salt to the Sea

I thoroughly enjoyed Salt to the Sea. Most books, I find, are quite difficult to engage with to begin with, but this book had me from the first page. It was clearly presented and I didn't often find myself confused.

The book's structure is very similar to 'The Smell of Other People's Houses' in the terms of point of view. It constantly rotates between the 4 characters: Joana, a Lithuanian nurse; Florian, a Prussian art curator's apprentice, who has stolen one of Hitler's most prized stolen artworks; Emilia a Polish girl trying to escape Germany; and Alfred, a hopeless, gullible nazi sailor on the Wilhelm Gustloff, the WW2 cruiser ship that the other 3 protagonists are trying to board, which was sunk, killing thousands, and, surprisingly isn't that famous.

The last chapter, however, was quite confusing. I din't really understand what had happened and who this newly introduced character was, and just made a vague assumption.

Despite this, Salt to the Sea is a great book that I would definitely recommend if you haven't read it already. This one's going to get a high rating.

* * * * * (5/5 Stars)

Posted on: 25th May 2017 at 02:08 pm

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