Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian

The Sandcastle GirlsThe Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I LOVED this book. I attended a launch luncheon with Chris Bohjalian a couple years ago, and it's been on my to-read shelf ever since. I finally read it, and it's spectacular. It brings to life a little-known black mark on the history of mankind: The Armenian Genocide at the beginning of World War I. The way Bohjalian weaves his characters together in connections and twists makes the story unforgettable and heartbreaking. His prose is consistently beautiful, and this is my favorite of his books so far. I'm going to seek out the others.

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Goodman Manyanya Phiri said...

tantalizing remarks! thank u, Becky.

Cath Brookes said...

I found myself caught up in this fast-moving tale as I winced in horror at the details. The characters were well developed and real; and the horror softened somewhat because it is clear that some victims finally got to America safely. It was a good story, well told, although I found it a bit simple and not nuanced enough for my taste but I definitely recommend it as a part of a little known horror of history.
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