My good intentions of leaving novels for the period of the dissertation have not lasted long. Having to travel to London twice in the last two months, I simply needed a book. I was attracted by the title and the good reviews it received but I have to confess that I’m quite disappointed.
The idea is simply brilliant – it’s quite original and the setting in Nazi German, even being a bit trodden is always engaging, the characters have a lot of potential to be developed but simply I felt that the story never took off. There are moments that you think that author will finally spread his wings and take you there but is it is just a false alarm and it falls flat again. Pity! Really nice idea which in the hands of a more gifted writer would have been a really good book.
Zusak, M. (2007) The Book Thief. London: Black Swan.