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    Bridge of Clay – Markus Zusak (review)

    The first Markus Zusak book I read was The Book Thief. It was the summer of 2007 and my sister had picked up this book for our annual summer reads (we always had a bookstore trip with our dad just after school let out for the holidays). I read it partly in the south of France and partly in Bern and I’ll never forget the feeling of reading it for the first time. It was magical, emotional, and the best kind of overwhelming. Many years later, I read his Underdog trilogy and I Am The Messenger, and enjoyed them too,…

  • The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
    Books,  General,  Reviews

    The Book Thief – Markus Zusak (Review)

    My post on November 10, 2012 comprehensively established the fact that I’m a big Markus Zusak fan, and also that The Book Thief was responsible for my initiation. Here is why – You know that feeling when you pick up a book to be immediately gripped by the first line? There are few that can maintain this grip, even fewer that can make you want to read until you reach the end, satisfied yet instantly disappointed that there’s no more. This fresh and unique take on the Holocaust is definitely one of them. It isn’t packed with the sort of action…

  • Fighting Ruben Wolfe - Markus Zusak
    Books,  General,  Reviews

    “… the edges of words, the loyalty of blood, the hands of brothers and the music of girls”.

    I’m probably not a very unique case when I say that The Book Thief alerted me to the existence of Markus Zusak, having never come across any of his books before in India. But from that very first page, I was hooked. There was an easy intensity to his writing that belied the deep and sombre content, and yet made it very easy to get sucked into the world of its narrative. There will be a separate post dedicated to my discussions about that, but this one deals with 2 books of his debut trilogy. I had picked up Fighting…

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