August 14, 2012

The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian


I knew next to nothing about the history of the Armenian people when I started reading this book. I had no idea of the genocide of Armenians during WWI. I know about it now and I'm glad I do. (I'm more than a little concerned that this isn't common knowledge. At least it wasn't to me.)

The best works of historical fiction teach me something while telling me a great story and this was definitely one of those books. 

The story travels between Syria in 1915 and New York in 2012. If there was one thing I didn't love about this book it was that it didn't ALL take place in 1915. I love to be swept up into the history of a time and place. Whenever the narrative would switch to modern times I felt a bit jarred. 


I believe that is Chris Bohjalian's 14th book. I've read a number of his other novels and he never disappoints.  I highly recommend this one.

Have you read this book? If you have I'd love to hear your thoughts. If you've reviewed this book leave me a link!


10 comments:

  1. I have this book to read and since I like historical novels, wonder what's keeping me from picking it up. Very soon, I will. Nice review.

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    1. I'll be looking forward to your thoughts on this book!

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  2. Normally I shy away from fiction books but this one has me intrigued. I think I'll put this on my to-read list! :)

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    1. I'd love to hear your thoughts about it if you do end up reading it :) I always enjoy other perspectives!

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  3. Waiting on my copy from the library...ever more anxious to read it now!

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    1. Booooo to waiting for a book that you can't wait to read! ;) I hope it gets here soon Jen, can't wait to hear what you think of it!

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  4. It's odd that the Armenian genocide isn't widely included in history curricula, despite the fact that it is widely believed to have served as a model for the Nazis in perpetrating the Holocaust.

    I've read a few of this author's books (Midwives & Skeletons at the Feast) and loved them. I am adding this to my list.

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  5. It's very odd, and sad too if you ask me. I do hope you read this and I'd love to know what you think afterwards!

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  6. I haven't read this author's work before but I picked up a copy of The Sandcastle Girls after seeing glowing reviews. Glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. Oh I'm glad you did! I'd love to hear what you think when you're through reading it!

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