It’s a slow-starter, but only because the character development is so intricate. Please push through if you feel that way – it’s so worth it. This means that from halfway you are so invested in the characters that finishing it feels like you’ve lost something.
It’s about the Dunbar family – five boys and their parents. And their pet mule called Achilles. And a young freckled jockey called Carey. It’s about love and loss, and coming to terms with both of these in the absence of parental support.
Markus Zusak weaves such incredible stories, his prose is mesmerizingly poetic. This newest edition to his list is no exception. It’s so simultaneously happy and devastating that I would cry at spontaneous intervals throughout the novel rather than at any one climatic moment.