Historical fiction

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

I have been reading a lot of almost non fiction about the second World War recently and it was hard to come to terms with the fact that the book I enjoyed the most was one which did not claim to be based on any real person.

That is not to say that there were not people who played the same roles in real life, because without such people good would not have triumphed. The courage and life defined in the book are what shapes true greatness of people. Flaws and sharp words spoken too soon are part of human nature but what we do with and in testing times is definitely the way to define our own idea of humanity.

This book focuses on two sisters born too far apart to have bonded in childhood. War descends on them and they have to lead their lives the best they can. Their best is what forms the basis of the story. The book is well written and the sisters are very real with their own misgivings and approach to their lives. The last few chapters are where I wept ( I tend to with good books) along with end of all the actual suffering and of people having to live with those memories.

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