Book-Review_The-Sandcastle-Girls

The Sandcastle Girls,

by

Chris Bohjalian

 

 

The Sandcastle Girls

by

Chris Bohjalian

 

The Sandcastle Girls, by Chris Bohjalian is a story about the Armenian genocide in World War 1.  Dare I liken it to the Holocaust of World War 2?  I have limited knowledge of the Holocaust, and I fear I am one of the many who had not heard of the Armenian genocide which was very similar.  A racial cleansing; only this time the Turkish army was the villain.

The Sandcastle Girls is written in the first person, which I generally dislike, and in two interwoven parts.  Part one is set in 1915 Turkey, with Part 2 being set in 1979.  The 1915 setting tells the story of a family’s experience and how they manage to survive the Armenian genocide in World War 1, Turkey.  The 1979 part of the story tells of a descendant who, through a chance viewing of a photo, sees someone who she thinks may be a relative in the photo.

This is a story which, at first, did not get my attention.   Still, there was something which kept me listening even though I missed the initial 1979 passages.   Each part was written and narrated in such a manner that I kept listening…and enjoying.

Narrators Alison Fraser and Cassandra Campbell were excellent.  Their voices are so different that not once did I have to think about which part I was listening to.  And as often stated good narrators and character voices can make or break an audiobook.

Even with a negative thought or two in the beginning I will rate The Sandcastle Girls a four star book.  The storyline moved along nicely, narration was excellent and ideal for a two-part story set sixty years apart also my knowledge of the Armenian Genocide is now vastly improved.

The Sandcastle Girls

a solid book.

At the time of writing (April 5, 2019)

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The Sandcastle Girls

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