Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea

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Ruta Sepetys

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Amber Room Term Analysis

A real room, formerly housed in the Catherine Palace near the city of Leningrad (present day Saint Petersburg). It was a beautiful chamber made entirely of amber, precious stones, and precious metals. In 1941, Nazis stole it from the Soviet Union. In the fictional world of the story, Dr. Lange has been tasked with transporting and hiding the crates that contain the disassembled room. Florian assists him, but eventually turns against Lange, fleeing the city and taking with him the prize jewel of the room, an amber swan.
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Amber Room Term Timeline in Salt to the Sea

The timeline below shows where the term Amber Room appears in Salt to the Sea. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
53. Florian
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...his backpack and considers his special parcel: a tiny amber swan, stolen from the disassembled Amber Room . The Amber Room was stolen from Russia in 1941, and placed under the care... (full context)
97. Florian
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...all the art stolen by the Nazis. He knows someone will eventually go looking for the Amber Room is the “greatest treasure of all.” Florian knows Hitler will look for the swan first,... (full context)
104. Florian
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...Florian is guilty by association. Plus, Florian is now smuggling the key and map to the Amber Room , which will also spell out certain death if he is discovered. He reflects, “Beck... (full context)
165. Florian
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...revenge: answering pain by inflicting pain.” It doesn’t seem to matter now. He wonders if the Amber Room really is cursed. (full context)