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The time thief,
This review is from: The Book Thief (Paperback)
I thought this was a very disappointing book. Both too long and rambling and too disjointed, it took you on a journey to nowhere and left you wondering why you'd bothered.
It seems to aim for magical and moving, yet comes across as coy and irritating.
The author's use of language is so very bad that I thought it must have been translated - badly - into English. Sadly, this isn't the case. There was one phrase that had me shouting "WHAT? That's beyond ridicule," but I can't remember what it was. And I'm glad I've expunged it from my memory.
The subject matter's been done better elsewhere, as has the style. My wife - who'd read it before me - warned that it was poor. I foolishly thought I knew better.
I'll never get back the hours that I spent reading it. Markus Zusak - you are the time thief.