The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

The Book ThiefThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

You know how sometimes you’ll be watching a show and at the end of the episode rather than just end credits it tells you what’s going to happen in next week’s episode? Well if that annoys you as much as it does me then you’re probably going to hate the author’s over-usage of that particular plot device.

Don’t get me wrong I really enjoyed this book; the subject matter is well dealt with, the characters well formed and they will move you to smiles, chuckles and tears. The author successfully transports you to a world of alternating colours rather than just the bleak greyness we perhaps associate with war time Germany. I also liked the use of Death as a narrator and somewhat bewildered observer of Humanity.

I just wish the author hadn’t spent so much time telling us what was coming up in the following chapters and had let the tale flow more.

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