Book Review: The Nightingale By Kristin Hannah
Book Title : The Nightingale
Author: Kritin Hannah
Goodreads Rating: 4.54/5
My Rating: 4.5/5
About the book:
Despite their differences, sisters Vianne and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Vianne is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Vianne finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her.
As the war progresses, the sisters’ relationship and strength are tested. With life changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Vianne and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions.
This is a story of two sisters who are so opposite of each other. It’s about how they both handle the situation during WWII. The war, the name “War” itself sounds tragically sad and scary.
Vianne and Isabelle were abandoned by their father when they were too young to understand anything. Vianne tried to accept the fact and got away the flow but Isabelle was stubborn and not the type who easily accept the situation even when she was just 4 years old.
Vianne always try to be cautious and think through everything and always want somebody beside her and somehow she always found somebody to be with her. On other hand, Isabelle was always left alone to deal with her ownself. Even during the war, vianne tried to accept the fact and tried to get along like others. BUT, Isabelle wanted to make a difference. Isabelle couldn’t sit and watch what was happening in the world, to the people around them and to their own family.
Vianne always tried to protect her children while her husband was sent away on the front to serve for his country. While Isabelle had nobody, as such, to bother about her (she thought) and was so daring and smart and courageous, she could go to any extend to do whatever she could do to save some people. But finally Vianne also tried to follow her younger sister’s path and did a fantastic job.I personally loved Isabelle’s character.
“They couldn’t touch my heart. They couldn’t change who I was inside. my Body..they broke that in the first days, but not my heart. Whatever he did it was to the body, and your body will heal.”
This story tells how women also play their own role during war time, how much they sacrifice and “Tortured” but unfortunately we only get to know much about Men, who fought on front.
This story teaches that we should respect what we have and never take the life for granted.
I gave it 4.5/5 because i felt the story was dragged a bit.
Everybody should read it once.