• Sushma Ramesh

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah- Book Review

  • Book Title: The Nightingale

  • Author: Kristin Hannah

  • Publishers: Pan Macmillan publishers

  • Price: 355 INR

  • Available on: Amazon & Flipkart

About the Book:

This story is about what it was like to be a woman during World War II when women’s stories were all too often forgotten or overlooked . . . Vianne and Isabelle Mauriac are two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals and passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path towards survival, love and freedom in war-torn France.

Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.

My take on the Book: I knew I was going to love this book from its first line itself. It took me almost one week to put all my thoughts into words, and I must say this is one such book that totally lived up to all its claims! At first, it was burning so slow that I was craving for more. But when it took its speed, it hit me to my stomach and broke my soul. It was not like breaking me in an instance but rather, break me inch by inch knowing how much it's going to pain me and then, all at once. then at last, it became a part of me as if it's my own identity. I was both shattered to see the ending, but also beginning of a new life gave me a ray of hope, and that just blew me away! What I loved in this book is its plot. When we talk about War, it is always about how many men sacrificed their lives, and how many of them survived. Nowhere in the history, did we talk about what a woman had to go through, to save herself from all the barriers in the war field. This exact thing is portrayed magnificently and its gut-wrenchingly painful. Both the protagonist Isabelle and Vienne were portrayed so flawlessly with all their honest imperfections. I mean Isabelle, is that young feisty girl that every woman aspires to become. And then there was Vienne, who is like every normal woman but becomes a warrior when there is no other option than to survive and protect her loved ones. I am sure nothing I say would justify this book's beauty. So, I would just urge you all to grab it and give it a read? As for me, I am simply going to clutch this book close to my heart and relish everything it taught me.

Favorite Quote:

"If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are. Today’s young people want to know everything about everyone. They think talking about a problem will solve it. I came from a quieter generation. We understand the value of forgetting, the lure of reinvention."

Overall ratings: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟