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A Polish girl, German soldier, & Lithuanian nurse are the heart of a group desperate to flee at the end of WWII. Alternating POVs portray backgrounds steeped in sadness and despair as they board their "savior" ship.
The story is artfully crafted with rich details, loosely based on facts. She is not just a good writer, but an excellent storyteller, bringing to light the worst maritime disaster in history. Ever heard of it? Most hadn't until now. The true details from the epilogue highlight how well she wove in the fact with fiction. Don't read other reviews giving away the rich details, just enjoy. If you like this one, "Between Shades of Gray" is even better.
25 of 26 people found this review helpful
This is an absolutely beautiful performance of a powerful, haunting story. Right up there with The Book of Aron and The War that Saved My Life and Echo....a quartet of life changing books about WW II, all recent. You'll carry these characters in your heart for a loooong time.
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Would you listen to Salt to the Sea again? Why?
Yes. I listened to the book twice. It was like I didn't want to let go of the characters
What was one of the most memorable moments of Salt to the Sea?
The ending had me in tears
Which scene did you most enjoy?
The sinking of the ship was so dramatic. I felt I was with the people all the way.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It made me cry especially at the end. I was sad and yet happy that at least one person had got home to rest in peace.
Any additional comments?
This was a wonderful story. I know the main characters were fictional but the truth of what happened to so many ofl these people has been kept quiet all these years. Such a well written book. I have recommended it to others,
I thought the decision to use actors with very strong (rather grating) American accents an odd one given the emphasis in the book given to the characters' disparate backgrounds. However that's partly person preference.
However what really really irritated was at least two of the actors pronouncing 'buoyed' as 'boo-eeyed' as if they'd never hear the word said aloud before. Definitely the kind of detail that should be picked up during the production process.
Great story though.