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Salt to the Sea

av Ruta Sepetys

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Historiens största fartygskatastrof är nästan helt okänd, trots att den krävde över 9 000 liv och inträffade bara 15 mil från den svenska kusten. RUTA SEPETYS har ägnat tre år åt arbetet med att skildra denna katastrof. Resultatet är Tårar i havet - en gripande berättelse, skriven med stor omsorg om de historiska detaljerna.I januari 1945 är tusentals människor i Ostpreussen på flykt undan sovjetiska trupper. Bland flyktingarna finns ungdomarna Joana, Emilia och Florian. De har olika bakgrund och bär alla på hemligheter, men deras vägar korsas och de finner mod och styrka hos varandra. Tillsammans försöker de ta sig till Wilhelm Gustloff - ett fartyg som kan föra dem till tryggheten västerut över Östersjön. Men katastrofen inträffar precis när de tror sig ha friheten inom räckhåll och då spelar varken nationalitet eller klasstillhörighet någon roll. De 10 000 passagerarna kämpar alla för samma sak - sin överlevnad. [Elib]… (mer)
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3.5

So, I've thought it over a bit and I think the main problem with this book was the short perspectives. It made it really hard for me to really fall into the book because every two or three pages I was being thrown into someone else's head, but I did enjoy seeing the same scenes in different perspectives without repetition. Unfortunately, this did make it harder for me to enjoy the story in the way that I had Between Shades of Grey, but let's be honest that book is hard to top. The writing was still beautiful and so descriptive even of the tough and gritty which I've come to expect from the author. Her characters were still very down to earth and real, and I felt for them, just not all time, because, again, those short little chapters made it really hard to experience one character emotion for more than a little bit. Still worth the read and the hype though! ( )
  afrozenbookparadise | Apr 22, 2021 |
From the Author's Note: "Books join us together as a global reading community, but more important, a global human community striving to learn from the past." ( )
  mbellucci | Apr 10, 2021 |
On January 30, 1945 three torpedoes from a Russian submarine tore through the refuge ship, Wilhelm Gustloff, sinking her within sixty minutes. The ship was tremendously over-crowded and of the fifteen thousand on board, at least nine thousand perished. This is the deadliest marine disaster in history, and yet, many of us have never heard of it. In Salt to the Sea, author Ruta Sepetys tells the story of the sinking and of some of the refugees who were aboard her.

The story is haunting, gripping and heart-wrenching as we are introduced to a small group of refugees who are fleeing the oncoming Russians. This is a mixed group of people, young and old, from various countries, all trying to stay ahead of the invading army. One member of the group, Joana is a Lithuanian nurse and her nursing skills are in demand which allows her to bring her friends on board as well. Also travelling with them is Florian, a Prussian who had been working for the Nazis restoring art, but he deserted once he realized that most of the officers were lining their pockets with the artwork, not keeping it safe for posterity.

The story unfolds through four different narrative voices, yet it is concise, clear and emotionally involving. Although this is considered a YA story, it is so well told and written that it appeals to all ages. The author is able to place us among these people and have us caring about them and wanting to see them make it to a place of safety. Salt to the Sea is both a beautiful and tragic read that sheds a light on a little known event in history. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Mar 30, 2021 |
4.25*
I had never heard the story of the sinking of the William Gustloff during WWII. This was such a powerful story and I enjoy reading WWII stories, but you usually see stories about those who were Jewish during the war. It was refreshing to see a different angle taken on those who perished during this awful war. History becomes lost if we don't talk about it and continue to learn about it so even though this is historical fiction, I enjoy reading and learning about those who experienced the unthinkable.

I loved the characters (or most of them) and loved learning about their stories - everyone starts out so guarded (rightly so with the kind of horrors going on to those who were seen to be the enemy) then slowly learn to trust another human being. My heart broke multiple times and while I was never brought to tears, I found myself reading more quickly when getting closer to parts that I knew were probably not going to end well.

Ruta Sepetys has a way with story telling. Her way of putting words and sentences together becomes hypnotic and as you are reading makes you want to keep going. This book does not have much dialogue in it which at some points did make it difficult to want to pick back up because there are some spots that we spend so much time in a character's head that it doesn't feel like the story is moving forward very quickly. This is a difficult book to say whether it is plot driven or character driven - the plot is horrific and makes you want to continue to read, but there is also character development that makes you want to continue to read as well. I guess you could say there is a healthy balance of the two... with some spots heavier on the character development (spend a lot of time in characters' thoughts). This is made a little better by having short chapters that end on little cliffhangers.

With that being said, I just couldn't quite give this story a full 5 stars. The beginning was difficult for me to get into - the rapidly changing chapters left me feeling like I couldn't quite become connected to any characters (this may be why I didn't feel the need to cry or feel quite as horrified by words or actions of others like I did when more recently reading A Thousand Splendid Suns). Once I began to feel connected to characters I still didn't necessarily feel the great desire to pick up and continue reading the book because it was so character driven at times. I do love a good character driven book, but I also need to feel like something is still happening with the plot - like I mentioned earlier, the short chapters help this. Because of this, I had to knock off .75 stars. This book is still very good if you like historical fiction (WWII historical fiction) and I would still recommend it to anyone. ( )
  courty4189 | Mar 24, 2021 |
I had never heard of the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff. It was so much worse than the Titanic. Ruta Sepetys captured the voices of some of the evacuees on board and the hardships they suffered. It is a picture of the fall of Germany and the inhumanity of war.
The story is told by 4 main characters with each chapter in the voice of one character building on the events of the previous chapter. At first the chapters were very short and the style was a little confusing but it soon all came together for me as I realized how the characters were connected. The characters were slow to develop but I thought that added to the tension. I thoroughly enjoyed Ms Sepetys' lyrical prose
Some feel the descriptions were too graphic for the tender eyes of the youth who are the audience of the book. God forbid that they learn about the atrocities of war. War is often romanticized or trivialized. War in their lifetime has been far away and has not involved American youth. Many still think the Holocaust did not exist nor do they care. How can we ever learn from past mistakes and move toward peace if we close our eyes to history?
I thought the romance and "soap opera" aspect was a good way to engage readers of that age group and indeed any age group. It made the whole thing personal. It did not read like a history book.
I am not sure I would be correct in saying I enjoyed this book. I found it educational and it led me to delve deeper into this tragedy. I found it emotional, appalling, heartbreaking. It makes human a group of people who were forgotten victims of war.
The author's note at the end was extremely informative.
I listened to the audiobook. The cast of talented narrators did a wonderful job bringing the characters to life. ( )
  wvteddy | Mar 14, 2021 |
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Four out of five stars. I enjoyed most of this book. However some parts seemed unnecessary and a little slow but over all it was a nice quick read that kept me interested. I wish that there was more to the ending, it was a bit difficult to understand and I re-read it twice just to make sure I got the message on who Florian was reading the letter from. I thought it was a great YA read with nice use of language and context. Alfred was annoying, and after reading a few of his chapters it was refreshing to know that even the other soldiers thought so too. Sepetys really did a great job developing the characters, making you love some of them, feel sorry for some, feel sad for some and be annoyed with some.
 

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Historiens största fartygskatastrof är nästan helt okänd, trots att den krävde över 9 000 liv och inträffade bara 15 mil från den svenska kusten. RUTA SEPETYS har ägnat tre år åt arbetet med att skildra denna katastrof. Resultatet är Tårar i havet - en gripande berättelse, skriven med stor omsorg om de historiska detaljerna.I januari 1945 är tusentals människor i Ostpreussen på flykt undan sovjetiska trupper. Bland flyktingarna finns ungdomarna Joana, Emilia och Florian. De har olika bakgrund och bär alla på hemligheter, men deras vägar korsas och de finner mod och styrka hos varandra. Tillsammans försöker de ta sig till Wilhelm Gustloff - ett fartyg som kan föra dem till tryggheten västerut över Östersjön. Men katastrofen inträffar precis när de tror sig ha friheten inom räckhåll och då spelar varken nationalitet eller klasstillhörighet någon roll. De 10 000 passagerarna kämpar alla för samma sak - sin överlevnad. [Elib]

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