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Oliver, King Edward VI Grammar School

Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea was a powerful, emotional book about the connected lives of four German and East European refugees fleeing from the Russian army in 1945. I liked the idea of having the story told by four different people, allowing us to see the war in Germany from several pairs of eyes. However, I think it would have been more effective if the four characters had met up at the end of the story, rather than a third of the way through, as this would have created a more interesting ending. The only other problem that I found with this book was that it was in several ways a cliché World War 2 book. Germans torn between country and morals, people feeling manipulated by Hitler, and especially the upsetting ending (I won't give any more away) seemed very similar to other WW2 novels. That said, the way in which this book was written was unique and very clever. Salt to the Sea: a book with quite a good plot written in an extremely effective way, telling the story of the forgotten events of the Second World War.

Posted on: 25th May 2017 at 05:39 pm

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