Soon to be a major motion picture, The Nightingale is a multi-million copy bestseller across the world. It has become a phenomenon that has enthralled a generation of readers.
Bravery, courage, fear and love in a time of war, from New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah.
"Wrenching, convincing . . . bittersweet" Publishers Weekly
Despite their differences, sisters Viann and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Viann is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Viann finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her.
As the war progresses, the sisters' relationship and strength is tested. With life changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Viann and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions.
Vivid and exquisite in its illumination of a time and place that was filled with atrocities, but also humanity and strength, Kristin Hannah's novel will provoke thought and discussion that will have readers talking long after they finish reading.
PRAISE FOR THE NIGHTINGALE
"Movingly written and plotted with the skill of Greek tragedy. You'll keep turning the pages until the last racking sob" Daily Mail
"A gripping, emotional read" SHE magazine
"Brilliant dialogue makes this a compulsive read" Books Monthly
"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
"Beautifully written . . . packed with action and emotion" Sara Gruen, bestselling author of Water for Elephants
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Gorgeously written, The Nightingale is a feast of images, scenes and emotions that whirl off the page. Set in WWII France, the novel tells the story of two sisters with very different personalities forced to draw upon their strengths and find their own path to resistance under the German occupation. We were completely absorbed by the development of Viann and Isabelle’s relationship and the tense, moving portrait of two women’s courage during one of history’s overwhelmingly dark periods.
Two very different sisters navigate life in WWII France in this sweeping story: Isabelle, an impetuous 18-year-old who is eager to defy the Nazis, and her much older and more traditional sister Vianne, who tries valiantly to keep home and hearth together. Reader Stone's strength lies in the emotional range she brings to her characters not just the two sisters, but also their jaded, detached father, and even Vianne's small daughter, who grows up markedly during the war. Stone approaches the performance with an intuitive understanding of the characters' private fears, knowing that their inner lives are often quite different than their public faces, and that a good deal goes unsaid between them. She also performs an excellent French accent. But rather than trying to carry it through all of the conversations between the French characters, which would be tedious over the course of the novel, she wisely reserves it for names and places. However, the voice she employs for Captain Beck, a German officer billeted at Vianne's house, is stereotyped, and other international inflections British, Eastern European fall flat. A St. Martin's hardcover.
Heart wrenching at times in its brutality of what happened, or may have happened, to those whose endured World War II. However also a compelling and beautiful storey about strength through harrowing times and love, above all love.
The book was well written and the story was compelling to the end
Absolutely loved this book. It honours the bravery and sacrifice of women during war time; stories that have been neglected. Should be on Year 12 reading lists!