Arun Mani J

The Nightingale

15 July 2023
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

One of the worst things in this world is being punished for your birth and background to which you had no control over. This includes all sort of discrimination based on your caste, color, race, name, family etc.

The next worst thing is suffering because of someone else’s greed and being pulled into trouble because they think it is right. This includes all the wars that have been taken millions of lives because of someone’s ego, pride and wrong-thinking.

I have already read Man’s Search for Meaning and it gave me an account of the horrors in the concentration camps.

This book was different. Assume we can divide the people into three groups during war - those suffering by fighting for their country, those suffering by being in prison and finally those left in their homes to suffer with the hell caused by war. The Nightingale belongs to the last category. It tells the story of two sisters about their lives and acts during the World War II.

Though it is fiction, the book had a sense of realism to it. It is based on a true war bought by true people which took true lives of innocents. The narration was beautiful. I at sometimes, lost myself in thoughts on what I would do if a war broke out. Or sometimes, I question what my action would be if I was in the place of the protagonists. A war changes everything.

I loved reading the book. I had a goal of reading five chapters a day but soon began to cross the limit and read as much as I can. I feel like the last few chapters were rushed up and some more details could have been added to ensure the smooth flow. Apart from that, this was a joyful reading of a past nightmare.