A Review Of The Nightingale By Kristin Hannah
The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah, was truly a remarkable story. It’s poignant! I will beg everyone who loves historical fiction to read this. Although the book is considered fiction, I believe it was planted in well-researched truth.
The Nightingale was glamorous and powerful; it is a breathtaking journey that captivated me from the first chapter with the strength and beauty of the writing. Truly an unforgettable story! It’s extraordinarily vivid and evocative. I can see the picture of their surroundings came to life while reading it. I felt like I was right there with these characters, their emotions was presented so powerfully conveyed. Although it is beautiful, it’s quite painful to read sometimes, but then again, this is a story that takes place during a brutal war. There’s everything you can expect from such a story, brutal firefights, prison camps, beatings, starvation, and sacrifice, but there is also hope and resilience.
The Nightingale tells a story between two sisters, Viann and Isabell, surviving the World War II in France. Vianne, the older sister, is a teacher in her small and rural French town. She is a sensible, quietly intelligent woman, who believes that keeping her head down is the most surefire way to get through the war alive. Unlike Isabelle, Viann is brave in her way. She sacrifices herself and finds strength even in the darkest of circumstances. As the war goes on, she starts to saving children in her town. The younger sister, Isabelle lives in Paris while Viann lives a content life in the countryside with her family. Unlike Viann, Isabelle is a fiercely rebellious. When the war begins, Isabelle returns to Paris and joins the resistance network, passing around flyers and helping dozens of British and American fighter pilots over the Spanish border. Given the code name ‘The Nightingale.’ Growing up as a child was full of miracle and desperately for her. She is motherless; her father had changed since the world war I, drinking all day, Vianne turn her back on her, by ignoring her as a child Isabelle feel hopeless. Although the two have an unstable relationship at the beginning of the book, both sisters learn who they are and what they are capable of as the war wages on. Their parallel stories are as different as their personalities but are just as suspenseful, complicated, and emotional.
While reading the book, it surprised me; the event is not what I’m expecting (some of them). Unlike most of the book, I was not prepared for what is going on, especially the ending. The ending was so devasting and powerful that I read it with tears pouring down my face and days after finishing my read, I can’t stop thinking about it.
This book is a tragedy and achingly beautiful. I was moved to tears several times. Especially when I have neared the end of the book, tears began to pour down my face. Overall I highly recommend this to my friends and the historical fiction lovers.
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