‘The Archer’ by Paulo Coelho is an attempt to impart life lessons through simple metaphors. Laden with superficial teachings and lacking substantial depth, the book feels more like a self-help pamphlet than captivating fiction. Its brevity leaves readers yearning for the depth expected from the celebrated author.
It’s historical fiction with heavy philosophical overtones. Overall The Book Thief is not like a tequila shot intended to be taken in one go but rather like a mature age-old whiskey meant to be enjoyed sip-by-sip. The readers who can afford their time and attention to the Book thief are rewarded at its end.