So, I've seen this book around a lot. I think it's been on several folks' favorite book lists, etc...
Does writing a book about the Holocaust
guarantee you a Newberry,
like making a film about it
guarantees you an Oscar?
So, yes, this book. It's about the Holocaust. Not that that's a bad thing, it's just a thing, you know.
It's a book about the Holocaust.
Most people are going to die.
In the end of the book, people die.
It's not surprising.
Especially since I just said it.
And the writing style... well, I don't know anything about Markus Zusak, but he's succeeded in writing a children's book in a fully postmodernist style.
unusual story structures,
foreshadowing so much that the actual events feel like an echo
Which is again, fine. I'm not sure if the world NEEDED A postmodern children's book, but here it is. My only real complaint...
Interrupting like this
makes the narrator seem
(that means he talks down to you)
and it's tough to separate annoyance at the narrator
and annoyance at the author
...but don't let that keep you from reading this. It's a good book. I'm sure others have eloquently stated WHY it's a good book.
get less frequent
and less jarring
as the book progresses
I'm just going to say it's worth reading, despite its self-conscious writing style.