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Life on the Other Side

Advantages: A clever concept, well-told, absorbing characterisation.
Disadvantages: Somewhat contrived in places, perhaps lacking the impact it should have.

This book, so reads the Guardian quote adorning its front cover, relates the story of "a moment in history that can't be told enough times". Falling within the already heavily-stuffed genre of war novels; specifically Holocaust literature, that statement ...

Puggers 08.04.2009 · Read full review
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Review of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas - John Boyne

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Who is that boy?

Advantages: mysterious, attractive cover, some strong characters
Disadvantages: takes some concentration

...For personal reasons, ones of which I shall not go into, I found myself spending the Christmas period in hospital. Now, even if you have never stayed overnight in a ward, I'm sure you can imagine how incredibly boring and lonely it would be, never mind st ...

Amy69 04.01.2008 · Read full review
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A small wonder of a book

Advantages: An enjoyable and original, yet hard hitting account of the Holocaust
Disadvantages: It's a tad short, but ultimately doesn't suffer for it

...I take a break from the usual genres that I read and pick up a book that falls into the category that I call 'books that I think I should read'. In other words, books that have in some way been critically acclaimed or had a lot of fuss made ...

CrazyJamie 27.09.2009 · Read full review
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Definitely a real tearjerker

Advantages: Great story
Disadvantages: Very sad ending

...was advised to read this book by my aunt who is a librarian. I always trust her recommendations, although the cover and the blurb doesn't give much details about this book, and she just warned me that it had a very sad ending. This has been made into ...

euphie 14.07.2013 · Read full review
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A compelling read.

Advantages: Good story, written in a different style.
Disadvantages: None.

...book had been on my wish list for quite some time, but I didn't receive it as a gift until my birthday last year. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of watching the film before reading the book which took away a lot of the pleasure that I would have o ...

malihat 17.05.2012 · Read full review
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