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A #1 New York Times bestseller, Wall Street Journal Best Book of the Year, and soon to be a major motion picture, this unforgettable novel of love and strength in the face of war has enthralled a generation.
With courage, grace, and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of World War II and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women's war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France—a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.
Goodreads Best Historical Novel of the Year People's Choice Favorite Fiction Winner #1 Indie Next Selection A Buzzfeed and The Week Best Book of the Year
Praise for The Nightingale:
"Haunting, action-packed, and compelling." —Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Absolutely riveting!...Read this book." —Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff, Director of the University of Miami Holocaust Teacher Institute
"Beautifully written and richly evocative." —Sara Gruen, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“A hauntingly rich WWII novel about courage, brutality, love, survival—and the essence of what makes us human.” —Family Circle
“A heart-pounding story.” —USA Today
"An enormous story. Richly satisfying. I loved it." —Anne Rice
"A respectful and absorbing page-turner." —Kirkus Reviews
"Tender, compelling...a satisfying slice of life in Nazi-occupied France." —Jewish Book Council
“Expect to devour The Nightingale in as few sittings as possible; the high-stakes plot and lovable characters won’t allow any rest until all of their fates are known.” —Shelf Awareness
"I loved The Nightingale." —Lisa See, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Powerful...an unforgettable portrait of love and war." —People
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|Spieldauer||17 Stunden und 19 Minuten|
|Geschrieben von||Kristin Hannah|
|Gesprochen von||Polly Stone|
|Whispersync for Voice||Verfügbar|
|Audible.de Erscheinungsdatum||03 Februar 2015|
|Amazon Bestseller-Rang|| Nr. 17,122 in Audible Hörbücher & Originals (Siehe Top 100 in Audible Hörbücher & Originals) |
Nr. 342 in Frauenliteratur (Audible Hörbücher & Originals)
Nr. 920 in Historische Romane (Audible Hörbücher & Originals)
Nr. 4,511 in Frauenliteratur (Bücher)
Spitzenbewertungen aus Deutschland
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I will read more of the author's works because this book is absolutely great to read even for non-native speakers due to the pictorial narrative style.
Ich habe bereits viele Bücher gelesen, die sich mit der Thematik Zweiter Weltkrieg befassen noch immer ist mir die Grausamkeit eine Krieges und einiger Menschen unbegreiflich. Kristin Hannahs Geschichte der beiden starken Frauen im besetzen Frankreich war eine Bereicherung in meiner Lektüre, die ich nicht missen mag.
Soldiers don't walk around town in uniform kicking a soccer ball around, their weapons don't glint/shine in the sun, and not everyone is an officer. For those that are, they are unlikely to be standing watch. This town is also swarming with Germans, which is odd given its relative insignificance. Some of the historical references are also exaggerated, and for some reason the protagonist is always starving, yet she lives on what seems to be an immense farm with rabbits and chickens but only manages to have toast and eggs at the end of the war. The salt and pepper use of French words like "yes", and "bakery", is unnecessary and adds little to the story.
The protagonist and her sister are also somewhat implausible. An 18 year old girl having to convince downed pilots to carry on, to do it for their wives back home... the author, it seems, is unaware of the length and rigor of military training but endows her protagonist with an innate German-hate-inspired perseverance that surpasses them all. Another reviewer labeled the book as 'chick lit', while I consider myself gender neutral when it comes abilities, skill and achievements, I'd have to agree that this book qualifies as 'chick lit' in that it's imbalanced. The male characters are either emotionally repressed alcoholic abusers (father; who redeems himself), evil (Germans), victims (pilots), lovers, or a combination thereof.
That said, the point of the book may have been to highlight the female contribution to the resistance and the war (which it does), and to provide entertainment as one would expect from a novel. In both of these it succeeds, hence the two stars.
The mass-market paperback edition fits in your pocket or purse and runs to 531 pages. The font is a good size and causes little eye strain. Minimal typos but they could've used a military/historical expert to review the book and highlight the glaring inconsistencies which detract from an otherwise enjoyable story.
Because of these two, I'm giving the book 4 stars (it would be 5 otherwise); it is a gripping read and a beautiful portrait of Isabelle. I highly recommend this book!
Spitzenrezensionen aus anderen Ländern
The research for the book is lamentable. There are glaring historical, cultural and geographical inaccuracies that detract from the story. There are also plot errors and straightforward mistakes littering the text. It would be unfair to expose the main errors as it will spoil the plot for anyone wishing to read the book, but for example, the main town in which the story is set, the fictional Carriveau, starts in German occupied France not far from Orleans or Tours. Toward the end of the story it has moved a few hundred miles south to be near Oradour sur Glane, not far from Limoges. Members of the French resistance forget which are pseudonyms and which are real names. Laurence Olivier is considered an appropriate name to avoid attention. A giant steel wheel becomes a stone wheel in the course of just one paragraph.
The author appears to have cobbled together scenes from most of the famous second world war novels: Schindlers List, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The Book Thief. At one point it appeared as if a Tale of Two Cities was going to make an appearance. The effect is of a massive cliché and a desperate lack of originality.
There is an obsession in making the two heroines stronger than the men. For example, a starved, weakened nineteen year old woman is made out to be stronger than young, fit, well trained airmen.
The writing itself varies in quality. At times, especially at the beginning, it isn’t bad, but it does become repetitive and sentimental. There are times it descends from an historical novel to become something of a farce like the TV series Allo Allo, and becomes something of an insult to the brave women in particular who fought with the resistance in the second world war.
However, what the book does have is an engaging story line, hook and pace. Although risible and sentimental in places, it is never boring and I read it to the end. The shame is that with a few more edits and better research, it could have been something special.
There were references to the smell of hay in April in France (wrong season!), hummingbirds on roses in a French garden (hummingbirds don’t live in France and don’t feed on roses!), misspelt German words, plenty of typos in English.
It just didn’t at all evoke France/continental Europe (I’m Swiss).
The success of this book flies in the face of the authors of historical novels who meticulously research their field.
First of all, Isabelle's code name, Anyone who has read even a single book about undercover work during the wars would know that the first rule in giving an agent a code name is that it does not even hint at the agent's real identity. Now Isabelle's surname is Rosignol. Her code name is The Nightingale. Rosignol means nightingale in French. I rest my case.
My second criticism has to do with Isabelle's character. We first get to know her as a wild, rebellious, hard-headed teenager who always gets her own way. We are supposed to believe that overnight, without any gradual coming-of-age moments, she turns into a mature and selfless heroine capable of leading grown men over mountains she has only navigated once in her life, risking life and limb to do so, obeying orders like a docile little lamb. Sorry, no!
I was rather late in reading this book, but had heard a lot of praise for it, and with a movie adaptation also in the works, I wanted to ensure I read the novel first. This is my first read from Kristin Hannah, so I was not sure quite what to expect from her, however, I usually enjoy period novels, and was interested in the idea of exploring World War II from the perspective of women.
Overall, this book didn't quite live up to the hype for me personally and I feel that I have read better World War II novels. That's not to say I thought it a bad book, and certainly I liked a lot of the ideas, and thought Kristin did a particularly good job of conveying the day to day harsh realities of life in Occupied France, be it the struggle to purchase enough food, with the endless queuing only to be served scraps with which to make ends meet. She also really managed to convey the terrors of families being torn apart, children separated from their parents, and in particular the persecution of the Jewish community. As I've already mentioned I liked that this book was from the perspective of women, telling of their struggles during this terrible time, and also the ways in which they played their part in the war effort too.
I quite liked the set up of the story, as the novel opens in the 1990s in America with an elderly lady and hints of her past, though we don't discover her identity until the novel's close. These parts in the more modern day are only fleeting though, and the vast majority of the story takes part in the earlier time frame in France.
I also liked that Kristin doesn't portray all Germans as bad, with Beck's character in particular highlighting that many of these soldiers were just men away from their own homes and families too. At the same time, she shows some of the French citizens betraying their own people and enjoying their positions of privilege under the Nazi rule, such that it is not all black and white, though of course plenty of Nazi brutality is shown too.
When it came to the two sisters, I did initially find it easier to connect to Vianne as opposed to Isabelle, who at times just came across as childish and impulsive to the point of reckless. Certainly she did grow on me, and to be fair there were times in the story where Vianne rather grated on my nerves too. In some ways I felt that Kristin had made the characters somewhat too cliched in just how opposite they were. There was development of both characters in the story, and I did think she captured the complicated relationship between them. Did I quite believe Isabelle as this SOE heroine, well the answer is no.
One of my main criticisms would be that the plot and characters felt too contrived at times. Also some of the romance was just laughably bad, such as between Isabelle and Gaetan. At times it seemed that Kristin was trying too hard with things, and yet scenes that should have hit hard, missed the mark for me, and as the story went on it dragged and felt more tedious in parts. Also I'm pretty sure there were some gaping mistakes, with characters just conveniently turning up where Kristin wanted them to be for the sake of the plot.
In the end this turned out to be a very average read for me, which didn't live up to its potential or the hype, mainly because of the writing and characterisation.