Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Voyage of Their Life - Diane Armstrong

What an interesting compelling read this one is.  This book tells the journey if the over crowded and worn out boat, the Derna which travelled from France to Australia in 1948.  Aboard were 545 passengers, mostly survivors from the war seeking a new life in Australia or New Zealand.

The author was just a young girl who was with her family on board and she tells the amazing stories of many of the passengers.  It still shocks me to hear what these poor people endured in concentration camps, in gulags, hidden in convents, holes in the ground or hidden in attics.

Interesting  to hear too, about their lives in Australia and New Zealand and how hard they worked.  This us one of those books that I will think about for a long time. 5/5


John Bellen said...

It sounds like an interesting read, but as someone who loves the English language, all I can think of is that the title should be "The Voyage of Their Lives". But I guess, technically, it can refer to their collective life. I'm so pedantic.

sallyhicks said...

This sounds such a good read I will see if I can get it from the library . Am currently reading a very old book I read about 50 years ago. Bless this house by Norah Lofts. She was a brilliant writer,academic and historian. All of her books kept me enthralled . I bought this for 1 cent plus postage from Amazon. Such a good score and her works are timeless. This follows the lives of people from those who built the house continuing from 16th century to 20th.