I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
Dostoevsky did not write many short stories so this is a rare gem. This is a very, very good short story narrated excellently. It is dark, surprising, touching, and real. A real bargain at a buck (don’t waste a full credit).
The Book Thief didn't seem interesting... at first.
However, as the characters were fleshed-out and the theatre-of-war enlivened the backdrop, something beautiful began to show itself (from the ashes, as it were).
As many stories that are centered around war, this is one was filled with humiliation and suffering, but also with dignity and love.
The writing had a breezy, effortless quality that I found very attractive and did not distract from the story. The words weaved themselves around the characters and time-lines with a single glowing thread: a little orphan girl and the people her life touches, and a book.