This read was recommended to me by a fellow blogger sometime ago and when the book was available on offer, I plumped for it. It tells the tale of a small child growing up just outside Munich during the Second /world War. It is narrated by the fictional persona of Death, of things that happened across a brief number of years, to her and those around her.
We have all been taught and told about the war, the battles and conflicts, the soldiers, sailors, resistance workers, we’ve seen films and television shows about war time Britain and how it affected various lives in various areas of our island. I’ve read accounts of the occupation of Jersey but never have I come across anything relating to ordinary people living ordinary lives within Germany, during this epic period in history.
Liesel experiences a great deal of hardship, the disappearance of her father, the death of her brother, the distress of her mother, all which bring her to Hans and Rosa Hubbermann, her foster parents. Strangers become her closest kin and she sees first hand the power of word, the unity of struggle and the erroneous understanding of a dictator. How work became a struggle, rationing cripplingly severe, the affects of suspicion, forever being watched, every action suspicious, division within family and tragedy after tragedy. Words are her saviour, learning to read, to write, to understand all that kept the nightmares away.
The twists, turns and fear through out the book are gripping, the people technically an enemy but really victims, just the same. A generation of youngsters whose childhood, education, life, has been like no other. A nation today that would be deep in the grips of PTSD. in an age where you just got on with it.
Enjoyable read, it wrong to say, it kept me enthralled, it shone a light on an area I had not thought about, it entertained and showed strength of character within these people. It maybe a fictional story set in a real life time, but I am sure there were many people who could relate to her experiences and probably experienced worse.
I rated it 5*