The Nightingale Paperback – 5 October 2017 by Kristin Hannah (Author)

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      I loved The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, a talented writer of American stories; great characters, great plots, great emotions, who could ask for more in a novel? — Isabel Allende, bestselling author of The House of the Spirits

      Beautifully written . . . packed with action and emotion. — Sara Gruen, bestselling author of Water for Elephants

      The real horrors of war; the deprivations; the risks are all there… This is a hauntingly tragic yet sympathetic novel ― The Cape Times

      An unforgettable portrait of love and war. ― People

      The suspense builds slowly in this thought-provoking and absorbing novel. ― Choice

      The bestselling author hits her stride in this page-turning tale about two sisters, one in the French countryside, the other in Paris, who show remarkable courage in the German occupation during WWII . . . The author ably depicts war’s horrors through the eyes of these two women, whose strength of character shines through no matter their differences. ― Publishers Weekly

      A respectful and absorbing page-turner. ― Kirkus Reviews

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      I loved The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, a talented writer of American stories; great characters, great plots, great emotions, who could ask for more in a novel? — Isabel Allende, bestselling author of The House of the Spirits

      Beautifully written . . . packed with action and emotion. — Sara Gruen, bestselling author of Water for Elephants

      The real horrors of war; the deprivations; the risks are all there… This is a hauntingly tragic yet sympathetic novel ― The Cape Times

      An unforgettable portrait of love and war. ― People

      The suspense builds slowly in this thought-provoking and absorbing novel. ― Choice

      The bestselling author hits her stride in this page-turning tale about two sisters, one in the French countryside, the other in Paris, who show remarkable courage in the German occupation during WWII . . . The author ably depicts war’s horrors through the eyes of these two women, whose strength of character shines through no matter their differences. ― Publishers Weekly

      A respectful and absorbing page-turner. ― Kirkus Reviews


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      Dimensions 3.5 × 19.7 cm
      Publisher ‏

      ‎ Pan (5 October 2017)

      Language ‏

      ‎ English

      Paperback ‏

      ‎ 464 pages

      ISBN-10 ‏

      ‎ 1509848622

      ISBN-13 ‏

      ‎ 978-1509848621

      Reading age ‏

      ‎ 18 years and up

      Item Weight ‏

      ‎ 336 g

      Dimensions ‏

      ‎ 13.1 x 3.5 x 19.7 cm

      Country of Origin ‏

      ‎ United Kingdom

      Net Quantity ‏

      ‎ 1.00 count

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      11 reviews for The Nightingale Paperback – 5 October 2017 by Kristin Hannah (Author)

      1. Velmurugan Ayyadurai

        A beautiful story which had a profound effect on me. The style of writing makes the story an extremely lovely read and at the same time even more heartbreaking. One of the best books I have read in a long time!!! A must read for all historical fiction enthusiasts.

      2. Kindle Customer

        Unstoppable…..what a beautiful depiction of love and loss with such great depth in characters….thoroughly enjoyed it….it was like the characters were alive and right in front of you…

      3. Anuradha Gupta

        ***MILD SPOILERS AHEAD***Let me share a fact today, I am attracted to tragedy and I found this out recently. I can not get over war-based historical fiction. I tried, but eventually, between other books of different genres, this genre keeps coming back to me, and I am helpless at stopping it. The tragedy in them excites me and the hope in them soothes my nerves.The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is a tale of love and hate, bravery and fear, victory and loss, and much more, stories that are woven by the women of Occupied France.Vianne and Isabelle Rossignol had never been the sisters their mother had wanted them to be. In fact, they were more away than together. Ever since their beloved mother had died, they had been on their own. Facing abandonment from their Great War veteran father, they found themselves coping with their grief all alone. Neither could comfort the other in their time of shared misery. How could they? A 4-year-old and a 14-year-old hardly have anything in common. When each knew they had nobody but themselves, they looked for whatever could give them comfort and the love that had suddenly disappeared from their lives. While Vianne found herself deeply in love with Antoine, Isabelle was left fending for herself in boarding schools, which she was repeatedly expelled from because of her impetuous nature. Their father remained colder than the winters that befell France.When the war arrived and the French found themselves under German occupation, Vianne and Isabelle found themselves under the same roof, and yet at the opposing ends of fact and action, like always. Becoming a revolutionary came as second nature to Isabelle, and Vianne, well, she was left to host a German Captain in her large house and just try to survive with her little girl Sophie, waiting and hoping that Antoine would come back soon. As Isabelle’s risk-taking grew, so did her strained relationship with her father who didn’t want her in Paris again. With the danger increasing with every passing day, Vianne and Isabelle found themselves in situations where they had to choose their steps wisely, thinking not about the ones they love but save their own necks and making the right decisions while remaining true to their morales.Never were they prepared for what they faced, and never in their wildest dreams did they think things would come to what they did.Ah, what a beauty! What a beauty! I’ve read a few books on WWII but none brings out the lives of women as this book does. I am sure there must be other greater books than this one, but this was my first brush with the lives of women during the war, so my review might sound biased to some. This definitely isn’t going to be the last and you can rest assured, as am I, that I only have forward to look to.The narrative was lucid and smooth, though I wouldn’t say it was one of the best that I’ve read. There was surely a lack of art and beauty in the prose, it was just simple storytelling, in simple plain words. The characters were limited, a handful of them kept pace throughout while others had reappearances at apt places. Parallel stories ran through, and what struck me most amongst the multiple storylines was the desire to survive, against anything, at all costs, for the loved ones with them and back home. The reckless Isabelle with her adamant nature and the dependent Vianne took most of the space and formed the stories around them. The emotions were displayed beautifully. The lovestruck Isabelle and her anger towards her lover, her steel resolve to help her country thwart the Germans, the pining Vianne and her dilemma at having been at the edge with Beck, at having to make a decision between her honor and her children’s safety, Julien’s regret as an incapable father to his girls and his sacrifice for them, Rachael’s heartbreaking decision to leave her toddler in hope of a better life for him, Sophie’s coming of age when her best friend is killed and having to deal with the repercussions of being a growing child in the time of war…the list is endless. I can’t even begin to fathom how difficult life must have been, how did they find the courage to deal with everyday atrocities, how did they find strength, both physical and mental to keep living on and on. A country of women, that was what it was. Restless, unsafe, and difficult. And women are what this book is about. Powerful, resilient, and survivors.Having said all of the above, I must also mention that the story wasn’t as real as it might have seemed at the first glance. It was a blend of realism and artistic liberties. Gender biases, cliches, coincidences, Isabelle’s love story, and a lot of other things were put together to churn out a piece that would go on to become a bestseller. In the end, someone who hasn’t lived during the time isn’t expected to do all the justice when writing such books and some forgiveness can be granted, right? At least I can. Do I recommend this book? Hell yes. Do I need to critique it for all the faults that it had? Definitely no.

      4. Book_withquotes

        The characters of Vianne and Isabelle are compelling and complex. Vianne represents the practical and cautious side of survival, while Isabelle embodies youthful rebellion and defiance. The contrast between the sisters’ approaches to the war adds depth to the narrative and provides readers with multiple perspectives on the challenges they face. One of the strengths of the novel is its portrayal of the sacrifices and resilience of ordinary people during extraordinary times. Vianne’s efforts to protect Jewish children and Isabelle’s role in the Resistance showcase the incredible courage and humanity that emerged amidst the horrors of war.While the romance aspects of the story could have been developed further, the focus on the sisterly relationship and their individual journeys of survival and resistance is a powerful and resonant choice. The themes of love, sacrifice, and the indomitable human spirit shine through, making this a poignant and unforgettable read. “The Nightingale” is a haunting and heartbreaking tale that explores the indelible impact of war on individuals and families. It’s a story that will leave readers deeply moved and contemplative, and it serves as a powerful reminder of the strength and resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

      5. Molly Sharma

        “We did what we had to during the war, and when it was over, we picked the pieces and started our lives over.”-This line was the whole gist of the book. The battles by women during the war remained unsung or overlooked. It was always believed that women had to simply wait for their men who were sent on the borders for war. But none ever realized that many women, like Isabelle, joined the resistance movements to save their country and many others, like Vianne, struggled at home trying really hard to keep their already splintered life intact. They made uncountable sacrifices to keep their children, themselves and their hope alive that someday their men would come finding their way back home. Doubtful of whether their friends and men would ever return home, the women still gathered their courage and kept their spirits high and did everything they could to make both ends meet. Women who joined the resistance movements were doubtful whether they would stay alive the next day or even next minute or even would be able to meet their love. The clouds of uncertainty kept scudding in their lives every moment, yet they never faltered in their aim to keep attacking the Nazis. The novel is completely painful. I read it as slowly I could to feel the depth of pain hidden in every line and every word. It felt really hard to imagine the lives of thousands and lakhs under the Nazi regime. The strength displayed by the two sisters in their own way was remarkable and unbelievable. The two took a dangerous path towards survival without thinking a minute about their own lives. Calling them THE NIGHTINGALES in their own ways is completely justified. Risking one’s own life to save the others is what the two women displayed. And their heroic acts have been beautifully written in this novel. The novel is definitely the best one and I applaud and express my gratitude to the author Kristin Hannah who came up with such a beautiful but painful story and told the world “What it’s really like to be a woman during the war….”

      6. Page quality was great. The book was awesome. Overall satisfied

        Best quality book. The money was worth it. This book has a great feminist point of view on the 2nd world war

      7. Juan C. Velandia

        Women, war and loveThis book tells the story of Vianne and Isabelle, two French sisters who must survive the Second War and we meet them just when Germany invades their homeland and it surrenders, while De Gaulle invites his countrymen and wen not to let themselves be defeated by the Nazis. Although it seems that the story is going to the common places of the historical novel, the twist that this book has makes it impossible to put down: Vianne and Isabelle are forced to receive a German soldier in their house, Captain Wolfgang Beck. This generates an argument between the women: one is the traditional one and the other is the rebel; one remembers the first war, the other is an idealistic young woman willing to fight.The sisters separate (spoiler?) and we continue the life of the house with the mastery with which the author involves us in their lives, making us suffer with the sadness and get excited with the small triumphs of the characters. Surviving the Second War was not easy for anyone, but women, especially, played a very important role in the development of the conflict. They stopped being seen as “simple” housewives or for reproduction purposes only, and became brave, spies, tireless fighters and examples to follow.This is what this book presents through the two sisters, the difficulties they must face gave them two options: surrender or fight. And of course, they fight until they’re tired, exciting the reader with the twists of the story and the permanent concern for two easy-to-love characters, with flaws and virtues that make them believable and relatable. Hannah manages to intersperse the situations with each sister with great mastery, maintaining interest in both narrative lines and constructing scenarios that leave the reader on the edge, making it very difficult to stop reading to get rid of the doubt about what is going to happen to them.Slowly, the story connects with the first chapter, which takes place in Oregon (United States) in 1995. The pieces of the puzzle are revealed and we understand who the older woman in that chapter is and what secrets she keeps. This was my first book by Hannah, and it surely won’t be the last, her ability to keep the emotion high and create exciting narrative universes is something I love to find in a book, it makes it worth sitting down to read (or listen to) Whatever the pages, to end with a tear in my eye and a smile on my face, satisfied with a good story, but more importantly, a beautiful story.

      8. LDJordan

        Raw emotion and exhaustedJust finished this book with tears streaming down my face. I absolutely must go back to my safe fantasy fiction genre. I am left so angry with Germany for the evil they inflicted on innocent people. Angry at France for rolling over and allowing Germany to take over. Deeply heartbroken for the people that were tormented under Nazi rule. Of course, I learned about it in school. And, I’ve seen so many movies over the years. But, reading this story was so much more intimate and real to me. Please take the feelings I describe as a testament to the beautifully written story shared in the Nightingale. I was hesitant to read it after reading some of the other reviews about how sad it was…but, I challenge you to read it anyway. It’s not a story of sad, but a story of perseverance. A story of heroism. A story that is true and one certainly we can read in our comfortable lives while others actual lived it. We must never, ever allow Nazism or it’s like to rise again. We must remember.

      9. JBenoit

        Epic and powerful story of survival and strength‘In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are.’Wow… what a completely epic and powerful story this book was! This is a book that is subtle in its brilliance, it’s one of those books that gets even better the more you sit and think about it. I’m still kind of in awe as I sit here and reflect back on the sheer magnitude of everything that happened over the course of this book. This isn’t the type of book I typically read but I’ve heard so many people talking about it and with nearly 14,000 5-star reviews, how could I not check it out? I’m very glad I did because it was such a moving experience and it really makes you reflect on your own life and certainly will make you thankful for the freedoms we enjoy each day. It wasn’t over the top or gratuitous but it was a very real and honest portrait of life for women in France during WWII and the journey of two sisters as they set out on two very different paths towards survival and freedom in this horrific era.The story centers around two sisters, Vianne Mauriac and Isabelle Rossingol. Vianne, the older and more responsible of the two is living a peaceful and happy life with her husband and daughter in the French countryside. At the threat of impending war, her life is upended when her husband, Antoine, is sent off the fight for France. As Germany begins to occupy France, Vianne is forced to learn how to survive in these new times and protect her young daughter, Sophie. Meanwhile, Isabelle, the younger more rebellious sister has spent much of her childhood being bounced from one boarding school to the next. After the death of their mother when she was just 4, Isabelle has been largely abandoned by her sister and their father. Neither one knowing how to handle the rambunctious girl. As the war starts, Isabelle is not content to sit back and watch as her beloved city of Paris is overtaken by the enemy. Longing to make a difference in the war, Isabelle makes some shocking choices that will forever alter the trajectory of her life.“Tell my sister I asked about her. We parted badly.”He smiled. “I am constantly arguing with my brother, even in war. In the end, we’re brothers.”Vianne and Isabelle’s war-time experience was vastly different, but I was fascinated and inspired by each. Their situations and choices, combined with their tumultuous history, was the source of much conflict between the two. But I loved that when push came to shove, they were still sisters and that’s a bond that is pretty hard to break. I loved seeing how their paths would intersect over the course of the book, even when it was heartbreaking. As I read, I found myself waiting for the time when they would cross paths again. Their relationship was so complicated and well written, I was 100% invested in each of their journeys as well as the evolution of their relationship with each other.“Kiss me,” she whispered. “Make me forget.”“It’s not forgetting we need, Vianne,” he said, leaning down to kiss her. “It’s remembering.”I found myself relating with Vianne on many levels. I can’t imagine having to live what she lived through, but I could picture myself making some of the same decisions she did. She was cautious and was one to try to fly under the radar in order to not draw attention to herself or her daughter. She did what she had to in order to survive but she wasn’t one to take unnecessary risks. There were few exceptions to this rule as time goes on, however, and I was so proud of some of the things she was able to do. Of course my heart also broke time and again for the things she had to endure or do. She was certainly a hero in her own right for the part she played in the war, and I think she deserved just as much recognition as her sister. And both of them deserved as much recognition as the men on the front lines. I was fascinated by all of the complicated relationship dynamics at play with her and the various men in her life, from Antoine, to Beck to her father and Von Richter. It was all so well done, I know I’m not doing any of it justice here!“I hope you never know how fragile you are, Isabelle.”“I’m not fragile,” she said.The smile he gave her was barely one at all. “We are all fragile, Isabelle. It’s the thing we learn in war.”We may all be fragile, but Isabelle did not let that stop her or hold her back from setting out to make a difference in the war! She was a fighter and pretty fearless. Many of her decisions gave me anxiety but I also had huge respect for her for all that did was doing and the risks she took to try to free her country. She may have been impulsive and reckless a lot of the time but her passion and love for her country radiated from the pages of the book, I could feel it in my soul. Her relationship with Gaetan was heartbreaking and beautiful all at the same time. It really captures the risks of giving your heart to someone in a time of war. As I said, her journey was very different from her sister’s but her experiences were equally (if not more) horrific as her sister’s. But it was her strength and her will to survive that captured my heart and inspired me throughout the entire story!I struggled with how I was going to review this book, and I know that I haven’t done a great job of capturing the depth and impact of this book. It’s really one that you have to experience for yourself. It’s painful and heartbreaking at times but it’s also inspiring and uplifting. While this is a work of fiction, it’s hard to think that people actually had to live through this during the actual war. I can’t even imagine, but like I said earlier, it’ll definitely make you thankful for the lives we have now. This book deals with loss, hardships and personal and human atrocities but it’s in the message of survival and redemption where it truly shines. I loved how it all comes together at the end, it’ll really hit you right in the heart! It was just perfectly done. I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it for anyone looking for a story with an epic feel that features very real relationships and celebrates the strength and resiliency of the seldom talked about heroes of the war, the women!“It’s hard to forget,” she said quietly. “And I’ll never forgive.”“But love has to be stronger than hate, or there is no future for us.”

      10. Karen R Flicker

        Masterful. the characters have moved into my soulI expect Isabella and Vianne to live in my soul for a long time. Kristine Hannah takes us to Nazi occupied France and shows the horrors of the Gestapo and the killings of millions AND the individual horrors of war for people barely surviving in what once was their home. Isabella and Vianne are sisters who share a complex childhood. As war breaks out they fight with their lives to save and protect their countrymen and children. One putting her life on the front lines, covertly, every day to rescue airmen. The other quietly enduring the cruelty and horror of having her children, house, body, soul overtaken by Nazi Kommanders and quietly sacrificing and risking to hide Jewish children. Inside this era of a book are stories of how relationships begin, grow, end, change and endure.After the war, an unexpected guest arrives. Kristen Hannah beautifully and heartbreakingly describes the instinct of a woman, wracked by war, lifting her hands to fix her hair for her visitor, having forgotten she no longer has hair or teeth. And being taking aback that these things had actually once mattered.Kristen Hannah is a master storyteller.

      11. Ange

        Such a well written story of women in warWow…..this book. Never would you usually catch me crying from reading a book, but would you look at that it happened. The ending had me done for.Although a bit slow in the first half, the 2nd half really had me sucked in. The writing was so good and everything so detailed, you could feel the pain and suffering from everything they were going through.Isabelle is an absolute boss and I loved her as a character. So strong willed and determined. It made me so sad reading how things ended for her, but they were so perfect at the same time. Even in war she managed to find love and her peace ❤️

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