One of the first things I noticed right away about this book as I started reading it was that the way the words flowed together seemed unusual. Knowing that this was because it was translated from Italian to English honestly made the book even more enjoyable. It felt like I was listening to an old Italian man tell me his story in English, which is his second language.
As a historical fiction book, this storyline is not as devastatingly sad as other books I’ve read In the same genre, but it is still impactful and thought provoking. Given the title of the book, when the children took their train trip I was expecting the story to go one way, but was really surprised with what came to be. I would recommend this book to someone who enjoys historical fiction but who needs a break from the emotional roller coaster that can happen with that kind of book.