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This was an awesome book - for adults too. It had a lot of beautiful moments.
posted Mar 14, 2008 at 10:42AM
Brilliant writing shines through when a great voice reads it aloud. Yes, the Nazi era is awful. Yes, the story is told by Death. There is a relish for life and the ordinary Germans who battle through the horrible times which lifts this book up. And this narrator does some fine voices for the Germans.
posted Sep 20, 2010 at 1:25PM
Laura P. said:
This appears to be one of those books you like or really hate. The style is a little unusual in that the story is told by Death. Appropriate however, perhaps as the book takes place in Nazi Germany, ironically on a street called "Himmel" (heaven). Some people are annoyed by the narrator and the sometimes weird descriptions. Partly, maybe because I was listening and the reader was really good, the style did not bother me. I have to say I found this book good but not overly compelling. I’m surprised by the young people who read it and called it "life changing" but perhaps they are just discovering literature about the Holocaust. Want something about the Holocaust that’s life changing? Try Night by Elie Wiesel.
posted Apr 10, 2013 at 9:39AM
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Her father was arrested for being a communist; mother disappeared; living with a foster family; has nightmares about her younger brother's death; family is hiding a Jewish fugitive; steals books; foster father taught her how to read.