Sunday, March 13, 2016

The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale is a formidable work of art, beautifully crafted. The award winning Kristin Hannah is a master of her writing craft, and shows herself an outstanding artist in moulding this book. I loved her use of language. She created such clear pictures in my mind that I could have been watching the events in reality. She uses language to tell the story, not to show how clever she is. Not once did she intrude.

Set in occupied France, during the Second World War, The Nightingale tells the story of heroic women in that horrendous time. I felt for them, and was deeply moved by what they went through and survived. We are so used to hearing this story from the viewpoint of men, it was refreshing to hear it from the viewpoint of women.

Born in California, on September 25, 1960, Kristin Hannah is too young to have lived through the war, but she has recreated the world as it was during those ghastly war years when the world was tearing itself apart. I couldn't put the book down, and was sorry when I reached the end.

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