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not to be missed
on 6 January 2014
My daughter recommended this, and, as she normally reads factual and semi intellectual books, I was wary, but this is a lovely book with "Death" taking you all the way through WWII in an outskirt's town of Munich. It can be quite sad but it gives an alternative view of the war. The girl, as the title suggests, takes books, initially for the
sake of it, but more and more to educate herself. She is fostered by a reasonably middle-aged couple, who treat her kindly, especially the father who encourages this
while reading aloud to her, in what appear to be her insomniac periods. She makes friends in the town, and, like children everywhere get up to no good, stealing apples and food where they can. The book was written by an Australian, so whether his knowledge about being a German in WWII is accurate, is debatable, but we see the local
children throwing bread at the Jews when they are marched through the town on their way to, what we now know was hell, providing a little comfort where it is badly needed.