The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2015-02-03
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
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Description

In love we find out who we want to be.
In war we find out who we are.
 
FRANCE, 1939
 
In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front.  She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France...but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne’s home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.
 
Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth.  While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can...completely.  But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.
 
With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of WWII 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.

Reviews

  • The nightingale

    5
    By sunflower🌼
    I could not put this book down. And I cried!
  • WOW

    5
    By A weird sister
    This is a fabulous read. I will share with everyone, I know it will affect many as it has me. Thank-you for writing this wonderful book.
  • A literary masterpiece

    5
    By Ugdrcvjiyfxcnkllllknfddcv
    One of my favorite things is reading a line in a book that makes me pause. I read it again...let the words fill my mind silently. Then I read it aloud, and allow the words to roll off my tongue. Then again; faster, slower, in a new rhythm. That’s when I know I have found literature gold. The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah, is one such book of gold. ✨ Initially, I read this novel because I heard it was comparable to All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. (Which I LOVE) While it did have similarities with the theme of German Occupied France during WWll it had its own very unique story line to tell... This book was a masterpiece. Kristin Hannah delivered a novel with rich language, imagery, and complex multidimensional characters. I couldn’t get enough of this story and it stuck with me long after I had finished reading. I highly recommend this story to anyone who enjoys the beauty of literature. It’s a story of love, hope, and history. It reminds you of the tragedy that so many people endured during WWll, as well as the endurance of the human spirit and what can develop when people refuse to give in to circumstances deemed bigger than themselves. I wish I could grant it more than five stars. This book is historical fiction at its best. Check out my Instagram book review page for awesome book reflections: @me.myshelf.and.i
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  • Amazingly Powerful

    5
    By rokinrev
    “In love, we find out who we want to be; in war we found out who we are.” This is a story of Occupied France in the time of WW2. It is focused on the Rossingol sisters: Vianne and Isabelle, abandoned before the war by their father they grew up in orphanges and schools until one marries and the other is dismissed from every school she is in. Seemingly total opposites, they end up crossing paths and affecting each other’s lives in the way only war can. One becomes a leader in the resistance movement. The other loses her husband to a POW camp and quietly changes lives in her own small town. Vianne explains that for her, it was a “shadow war” and those left behind did what they could to survive while women like Isabelle/Juliette were more active and paid the ultimate price. “Men tell stories. Women get on with it” she explains to her youngest, himself older and a doctor, asking about the aunt he barely knew existed. They had no idea what they accomplished. As a reviewer, I was literally glued to this depressingly hopeful story of survival at any cost during the horrors of terrible atrocities. As Americans, we heard in school of the holocaust that Germany waged on the world. However, we didn’t hear of those left behind-much. I've stood in Sachsenhausen Camp in Germany. I’ve seen pictures and heard stories here in Upstate NY where the only refugee Jews were taken in not 60 miles from here. I am old enough to have college roommates request another room because of my German heritage. Occupied France wasn’t part of what I knew about. Thanks to Kristin Hannah, I now have a better view. This book will make you cry, will give you strange unsettled dreams, and affect you in unusual ways. I highly recommend it and I will eagerly wait for the movie reportedly in the works. 5/5 [disclaimer: I received this book in a GoodReads giveaway and voluntarily chose to review it]
  • Riveting

    5
    By Duck_duck123
    I’ve never felt so submerged in a novel and I have certainly never cried while reading and I did in this one. This book should be a part of schools curriculum.
  • Please read this book!

    5
    By Squirewillard
    I have never written a book review but want to encourage everyone to take a chance on reading this one. It is one of the most powerful and memerizing books that I have ever read. It is difficult subject matter i know but the artistry and beauty of this story will linger and uplift you long after you have finished reading it. Please do take a chance and read this book! You will thank me later!
  • I didn't want it to end

    5
    By ANikkidd
    This book was amazing, one that has resonated with me. She dives deep into the characters and their lives in WWII. Such wonderful perspective. It was heart wrenching. Worth the read!
  • The Nightingale

    5
    By coyotespirit2
    One of. The best books I have read. I didn’t want it to end. I am ordering a new book today.
  • The Nightingale

    5
    By BeetHoneyB
    I am not easily impressed, however this book moved me. Excellently written. When I had first read the description months ago I wasnt that intrigued, so I waited until a family member wanted to read it with me.. and just wow. Not a book to pass up.

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