It's funny how the books that you turn out to love the most, are the ones you came upon accidently. I only bought this book be...moreThis book was brilliant.
It's funny how the books that you turn out to love the most, are the ones you came upon accidently. I only bought this book because I had a $10 voucher for a bookshop, and there was this book, sitting in the bargain bin for $10. So essentially, I got it for free. I didn't think it sounded particularly good, but it was set during World War II, and the fact that I have a deep fetish for that era was enough to convince me to get it. It sat on my shelf for quite awhile, until I suddenly felt that it was time to read it. And boy, am I glad I did.
The story and characters were so detailed and thriving with personality. Reading it was like reading exquisite, smart, colourful poetry, combined with an intriguing history lesson of not only Greece during the occupation of the Italian's and the German's in WWII, but also of the politics involved during the time. It was truly a delightful book, with so much to learn and so many characters to love.
The only qualms I had was the ending. It wasn't as satisfactory as it could have been, I feel as though it was a little unneccesary.(less)
The newest installment from Ms Furnivall was just as pleasing and engrossing as it's predecessors. Moving away from the setting of China and Russia as...moreThe newest installment from Ms Furnivall was just as pleasing and engrossing as it's predecessors. Moving away from the setting of China and Russia as in her previous novels and into the exotic, stifling heat of Malaya during the second world war. It was fascinating reading about a part of the world that doesn't get too much time in the spotlight, and observing how the war effected the country and it's people. The story itself was rich with intrigue and the characters mostly personable. Connie's son, Teddy was incredibly likeable for a child character, Connie herself was similar to Furnivall's other heroines - self sacrificing, brave, gentle, honorable and graceful. Overall, I liked it very much. Furnivall remains one of my favourite authors.(less)
The Shadow of the Wind is a brilliant book. It's mystery, intrigue and perfectly developed characters kept me enraptured right until the very end. All...moreThe Shadow of the Wind is a brilliant book. It's mystery, intrigue and perfectly developed characters kept me enraptured right until the very end. All I wanted to do was read this book. The train ride to work always went too quickly, lunch break would never come fast enough, and there was always too little time at night to get my fix. Zafon is not only an incredibly talented writer - he has created a story here that was as real to me as if it had really occurred in history. As if these characters and events were really a part of Barcelona. As the story unravelled, all I could think about was Julian Carax and Daniel as if they were some long lost relative or friend. I NEEDED to find out what happened to them but at the same time I dreaded finishing. Well, now it's over and nothing thrilled me more than realising there was not only a sequel, but two books to follow up this fantastic piece of literature.(less)
There was something missing from this book. The characters were quite boring and seemed underdeveloped, the story was slow and the book was filled mos...moreThere was something missing from this book. The characters were quite boring and seemed underdeveloped, the story was slow and the book was filled mostly with dialogue or thoughts of the characters that were constantly repeating themselves. There was hardly any action and sometimes the descriptions were lacking, but other times they were surprisingly good. Not my favourite WWII story. There was no passion in the storytelling or the characters. Would give it 2 and a half stars.(less)
Usually I will keep a considerable distance between myself and a book written in 'letters' form, as I prefer the story to flow properly with it's plot...moreUsually I will keep a considerable distance between myself and a book written in 'letters' form, as I prefer the story to flow properly with it's plot and characters. However, after reading the first few pages of this book I was completely in love. In love with the style in which it was written, the characters that it held, the author's humourous yet detailed portrayal of these characters... and also the way that she incorporated the history of England during World War II as well as references to works of literature. I learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed doing so whilst reading this wonderful book. It is a touching, funny, and lovely read.(less)
**spoiler alert** A very interestingly written book, at first I thought it was very strange that it was narrated by death, however as I continued to r...more**spoiler alert** A very interestingly written book, at first I thought it was very strange that it was narrated by death, however as I continued to read and be drawn into the plot and it's characters, I also grew to enjoy the different style in which the book was written.
Set in Nazi Germany during World War II, the book revolves around a young girl named Leisel, who, after stealing her first book while burying her younger brother, develops a fetish for books and reading, thus provoking the beginning of her career in book thievery.
The characters have depth and background so that Zusak ensures you know why they are the people they are. You can't help becoming fond of many of the main characters, even though most of them start off to be quite irritating, which makes the ending of the book even harder to bear. Do not expect a happy ending.(less)