Top positive review
22 May 2019
How can a book placed in such an awful, shocking setting be so beautiful? I’m still not sure, but it is. Perhaps it is the innocence of Bruno, taking things as he sees them, at face value, avoiding the many complexities and layers that adults place on life. Or maybe it is the beauty of unfettered relationships, of friendships without boundaries in a world so full of barricades and division. What I do know, without question, is that this is an amazing tale written by an incredibly talented author. The different layers of meaning within the text mean that it can be enjoyed by a child, but at the same time be satisfying for an adult, who can read between the lines, taking away so much more meaning.
There is probably so much more I could, and should, say about this book, but having just finished reading it, I’m in a state of shock. I knew this would not be a ‘happily ever after’ tale, and was prepared for this, or so I thought. Never in a million years did I think it would end the way it did. So powerful, so shocking and disturbing, but how could a tale accurately portraying such a horrific time and place be anything else, despite any beauty that lies within it? This book is a MUST read, which is a statement that I generally avoid because I believe that we are all so different. But DO read this book. It will be good for your soul, even though, or maybe because, it cause you grief and pain.