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review 2018-06-30 12:13
Vom Untergang
Salz für die See - Ruta Sepetys,Henning Ahrens

1945. Eine Flüchtlingswelle flieht vor der Roten Armee nach Westen. Deutsche Deserteure, Polen, Litauer, Alte, Kranke, Kinder und Frauen - sie alle wollen noch rechtzeitig den Hafen von Gotenhafen erreichen. Darunter sind auch Florian, Emilia und Joana, die auf ein Schiff in einen sicheren Hafen hoffen. Werden sie sich rechtzeitig auf die Gustloff retten? 

"Salz für die See" ist ein ergreifender Roman, der auf der wahren Katastrophe des Schiffes Wilhelm Gustloff beruht.

Ruta Sepetys erzählt die fiktive Geschichte der Flüchtlinge, der Offiziere und Passagiere, und auch, wie und warum sie auf dem Schiff gelandet sind. Dabei wird der Roman aus den Perspektiven verschiedener Figuren erzählt, wobei Ruta Sepetys auf ein rundes Bild bedacht ist. 

Joana ist eine litauische Krankenschwester und gehört dem Flüchtlingstrek im Mittelpunkt der Erzählung an. Sie hat Schreckliches gesehen und erlebt. Außerdem meint sie, eine Mörderin zu sein. Ihr Ziel ist es, diese Schuld zu vergelten, daher hilft sie, wo sie nur kann.

Emilia ist Polin und vor den Nazis sowie vor der Roten Armee gleichermaßen auf der Flucht. Denn sie wird von keiner Seite als Mädchen, ebenbürtig oder gar als Mensch gesehen. Jedoch hat sie Glück und trifft auf Florian.

Florian bahnt sich einen ganz eigenen Weg. Er ist von höherer Stelle im deutschen Kriegsdienst desertiert, obwohl er mit einem imposanten Projekt beauftragt war. Nach jahrelangem Eifer hat er erkannt, dass er von Führer, Vorgesetzten und Vaterland nur missbraucht wurde, um eine Ideologie zu verherrlichen, die er nicht als richtig ansehen kann.

Alfred tritt seinen Dienst bei der Marine auf der Wilhelm Gustloff an. Stets war er dem Vaterland treu ergeben, so lange es nur nicht zu unangenehm war. Denn statt des tapferen Helden - als den er sich gerne sieht - ist er ein kleiner, mieser Feigling, der sich in der Not auch gern einmal auf's stille Örtchen verzieht.

Als Leser steigt man zuerst in die Flucht vor der Roten Armee ein. Man schließt sich Joanas Flüchtlingstrek an und merkt dabei, wie sich die Menschen trotz der Not gegenseitig helfen. Sie passen aufeinander auf, reichen sich die Hand und versuchen gemeinsam das rettende Schiff zu erreichen. 

Außerdem schildert die Autorin anschaulich die erschreckenden Umstände der Flucht. Die beissende Kälte, die durchgelaufenen Schuhe, die mangelnde Nahrung und ständige Angst zerren an jedem Einzelnen. Zusätzlich drohen weitere Gefahren, seien es nun Soldaten oder der nächtliche Erfrierungstod. 

Anschaulich wird das Grauen in Gotenhafen geschildert. Hier sammeln sich die Menschen, sind verzweifelt und mit ihrem letzten Hab und Gut bepackt. Kranke, Verstümmelte und Alte haben kaum eine Überlebenschance und die Fahrkarten für die letzten Schiffe sind heiß begehrt. 

Zuletzt wird der Untergang der Wilhelm Gustloff geschildert, wogegen der Untergang der Titanic eher ein Zwischenfall war. Die Gustloff hat 10 000 Menschen mit sich in die Tiefe gerissen, worunter großteils Frauen und Kinder waren. 

Meiner Meinung nach ist „Salz für die See“ ein wichtiger Roman, weil der Untergang der Gustloff kaum in den Geschichtsbüchern anzufinden ist. Ruta Sepetys erweist mit diesem Buch den Opfern ihren Respekt und versucht sie durch ihre Erzählung am Leben zu halten. Obwohl sämtliche Figuren erfunden sind, hat die Autorin wahre Ereignisse eingebaut, was ihr exzellent gelungen ist.

Einziger Kritikpunkt meinerseits ist, dass ein Strang ins Leere läuft und hier eine zentrale Frage offen bleibt. Das hat einen unfertigen Eindruck auf mich gemacht und die Autorin hat mich hier ratlos zurückgelassen.

Dennoch denke ich, dass dieses Buch noch viel, viel mehr Leser braucht und kann es an Interessierte nur weiterempfehlen. Ermöglicht den Frauen, Kindern und Alten ein Gedenken, damit sie in der Geschichte nicht untergehen. 

Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.co.at
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review 2018-05-09 16:06
Out of the Easy - Ruta Sepetys

This book was surprising because I have read other books by the author that were so different.  Regardless, I really enjoyed the book.  The story was very interesting and the characters were unique.

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text 2018-04-30 16:21
Blog Post #4
Salt to the Sea - Ruta Sepetys

pt 1 

I have recently finished reading Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys.  This book was an extremely good one that i suggest to all middle school and high school readers.  The concept of the book really hits you in the heart and will make you keep reading.  While finishing the book I can see that the author has tied some real facts and accidents that have actually happened in history.  One thing that was included was the sinking of the William Gustloff.  This is a sinking that isn't very commonly known about but killed 9,400 Germans trying to escape the war life.  The book is very vivid in the fact of mind, heart, and your look on the world.

pt 2

 Sepetys writing is very unique and powerful. It entices the reader in every word. After reading my partners thoughts on her other book I can tell that this is something she does in every book and works hard to do it. Her writing captivates the reader by pulling at their heart strings and making them feel bad for the characters and what they are dealing with in the book. Since she is a historical fiction author, which is something common, you wouldn’t expect her to be able to make her writing so unique. She is able to use real life senerios and fictional senerios to combine them into a very realistic story. this really grabs the attention of the reader in many ways and i think it is something important and true to her writing. 

pt 3 

Advice that i have on how to find a book on booklikes.com is to search for authors you like and see if there are any books that pop up that you haven’t read by them yet, search for titles or subjects/genres you like, and find people who post on books you like to read. these tips could be very helpful for you and others searching for their next book of a victim. i suggest using these a lot and any other tips you have to find a good book. 

 

 

 

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review 2018-04-29 07:50
Heart-wrenching book about a young Lithuanian girl during WWII; describes a forgotten chapter we should not rush to forget
Between Shades of Gray - Ruta Sepetys

I read this as one of the picks for the Litsy (Team YA) Postal Book Club I am in, and am glad it was chosen, even though I often do not choose historical fiction much these days to read. Especially when I expect it to bring me to tears (or remind me how little I know about how the Soviets and Stalin played their dastardly part in WWII).

Given that this book is several years old now, has won countless awards, and it seems as though everyone else who reads YA has already read it, I barely need to say much about the premise.

Young Lina is deported by the Soviets from Lithuania, along with her brother and mother, but her father gets separated from them to elsewhere in Eastern Europe. The book tells of their long long train ride bringing them to outer Siberia and the horrific trials that her family and other deportees go through. They are emblematic of a past that has been covered up and forgotten among war stories, probably due to so many other horrors (particularly due to Hitler, the Nazis, and the Holocaust).

What Sepetys has written here though, is very relatable account, that I think many younger readers will be drawn to, and have been already; Lina develops a relationship with a teenage boy while deported, has the regular range of emotions you would expect from a teenager, and her love for her family, especially her missing Papa, is fierce.

And while I did not expect the full horrific descriptions I might see in an adult novel on this matter (for example, deaths, burials, etc.), there is enough here to make the reader feel angry, revolted, and incredibly heartbroken at many things that went on.

Since this novel is based on actual people and events (and Sepetys mentions the research and journeys she went on at the end), it is especially thought-provoking and meaningful. There were so very many people affected by the first and second world wars, particularly across Europe, I can hardly imagine how many individual stories like this exist. At least go and read one of them and remember what happened.

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text 2018-04-27 16:22
Blog Post #4
Between Shades of Gray - Ruta Sepetys
The Night Gardener - Jonathan Auxier

Part 1:

I have recently finished The Night Gardener Jonathan Auxier.  At first I though I might not like it since I generally read historical or realistic fiction, but I actually really enjoyed it.  I found myself actively visualizing and predicting.  Although I loved the actual story, I was not a huge fan of Jonathan Auxier's writing style.  At times where there was a lot of action, I found it difficult to keep up with what exactly was going on.  This is one of those books where you have to read closely to be able to really comprehend.  Overall, I enjoyed this particular book, but I don't plan on reading more from that author.

Part 2:

As Ruta Sepetys as our author, I think we both feel that her writing style is very unique and powerful.  I have also noticed that you have really analyzed the characters. I must say that Sepetys creates such fascinating characters that you generally either love or hate.  There is actually a really interesting character in Between Shades of Gray that I have mixed feelings about.  He is mostly referred to as "the bald man."  At the beginning, I strongly disliked the bald man because he is extremely grouchy and inconsiderate.  He constantly scared the children by talking of how they are all going to die.  Although he remained grumpy throughout the novel, I realized that he actually did have good intentions.  For instance, he have his ration of bread to Lina's sick mother.  I kinda love it, but also hate it when an author makes a character very complex because I have trouble deciding whether I like the character or not.  Sepety's characters' personalities are not always just black and white, sometimes they are shades of gray.  I wonder if that is part of why she chose the title Between Shades of Gray.  Maybe she wanted to emphasize the idea that although World War II was full of terrible people and awful times, there were also people like Lina's mother who fought for a cause and showed immense love.  I hope you are enjoying reading Ruta Sepetys.

Part 3:

Booklikes is a useful site for finding books you want to read. I think the best way to discover new books using Booklikes is to search a keyword (author, genre, etc.) and explore the results.  With this method, I have discovered the book Let it Snow by John Green which I have not read yet, but I am planning to.  

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