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review 2018-02-10 10:46
The Book Thief
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

I didn't even bring this book home for myself. It is the strange way that my story with what arguably has become my favourite book begins. I didn't bring it for myself, but still, being me I couldn't resist picking it up and reading a little bit. Only for then, I had to say, sorry, I'm keeping it for a while, because it was impossible to put it down.

The story is narrated by Death, and while at first I wasn't sure about this (I was younger when I read it), I quickly saw that my fears were ungrounded and that Death was the perfect narrator for the story. The story itself is nothing big, but more powerful just because it remains small. One of the few books that managed to make me cry.

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review 2018-02-08 06:10
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: My convoluted thoughts quickly typed
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

Nobody needs a review from me of a book that's been around forever, but I was so affected by this one that I feel a need to at least commemorate that much. I read it a few weeks ago, and the characters are still with me. I'm still affected by this book, and I'm sure I will be for a very long time.

 

I can't believe it was only intended for kids/young adults. I also think - after rereading books I read when I was far too young, that it's almost silly to have younger kids read books with such subtle nuances. Just because you can read something doesn't mean you will fully absorb what the book has to offer -- and that's true at any age.

 

It says ages 12 and up. Maybe, I guess. I don't really know a lot about kids, so perhaps I'm way off, but I'm finding that a lot of the books I was given in school were just a touch beyond where I was as a human being when I read them. I loved books. I loved reading. I'm thrilled I read The Catcher in the Rye back then since I didn't like it nearly as much as an adult, and I credit Holden Caulfield with saving my young life.

 

“Certain things, they should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone.” -- Holden, Catcher in the Rye

 

I think that's actually what I should have done with that book! Anyway...

 

This one is a bit different. I think it has a lot to say about what is often painted as pure evil: Germany during the Holocaust and the subtleties included in a situation like PaPa fighting for the Third Reich. As an American 12 year old, would I know that invasive poverty and love/ wanting to protect your family would conflict with your own moral imperatives? Would I understand the self-sacrifice involved in something like that? I honestly don't know. I suppose if I had a great teacher, maybe I would. On my own, I'm not so sure.

 

As an adult though, I loved this book. It's a terrific lesson on why nobody should count out any genre or classification: you could miss an awesome book! I tend to avoid super-hyped books if I haven't read them before the hype, so that's probably what put me off this one.

In January 2018 though, I cried SO hard during parts that I just gave in to it at one point and doubled over sobbing in my kitchen with the water running. I went through an entire box of tissues. I loved these characters more than my own family. I want to read it again already.

It's really good at showing the humanity and the ease with which good people can find themselves caught up in a morally perilous situation that is, on the other side, a life-threatening situation. Every character in this book is fully realized and so real, they come off the pages. I will never forget Rudy and PaPa, Max and Liesel, and the relationships between them all especially caught my heart. Liesel's a tough little girl who is so very vulnerable and only feels safe enough to express that at the height of the second world war in a horrendously awful situation, but to her: it's the best her life has ever been. It's really very very tragic. I'm tearing up right now!

 

To top the whole thing off, we have Death as narrator. I know some people in my book club hated this. I adored him. He was so kind and gentle, so genuine and wise. He was also dangerously seductive, and most of all, he felt like a dear old grandpa to me. While humans may break his heart, he broke mine. I honestly loved this book, and I'm guessing that waiting a decade plus after the hype helped me get to it in an unfettered way.

 

Oh, PS, I loved the book so much, I decided to rent the movie, and BOY was that a huge let-down. I didn't even cry any tears until the very end, and that may have just been relief that the film was ending. It wasn't horrible, but in comparison to the book: no comparison.

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review 2016-10-21 12:49
The Book Thief Review
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

I started the book on my ride back from Prague. I found this quirky book after looking up the last years (or two years ago, maybe three) top books. This stumbled right into my palms, and I ordered it straight away. Now, it’s not my usual book, which may, possibly, be an explanation for why it’s not highly rated.

The story was sweet. It’s about a girl, in Nazi Germany. She’s moved to an ordinary family and has to live with them through the war. It’s a love story, kind of not, told through the perspective of Death. Death is a funny guy, in this case, he adds humour to an otherwise horrific period. We learn so much about what Nazi Germany was like and how people survived the war. We learn what it’s like to be a German (and a Jew) during the war.

Why, then, is the story rated only three stars? While I applaud Zusak for his new style of the book, I found it, at times unclear and hard to read. I was warned beforehand that the style is not usual for a book. Death is funny, but I also felt he took away from the story at times. I almost didn’t feel the story was about Liesel, but about Death and how he sometimes doesn’t like his job. He interrupted the flow a bit too much for me.

All in all, the book is a fun read and I would recommend it, just for something different.

Source: www.amaitken.com/book-review/the-book-thief-review
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text 2016-09-15 16:58
The Book Thief - Trudy White,Markus Zusak

At first i thought,  it was something not made for me, something that i wont go along with. But as it moves further i went more and more into it . Emotionally and physically too.. I use to carry it everywhere with me. This book bear all kinds of torture.. ❤  i love this book. I'm emotionally connected to it.. 

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review 2016-08-07 19:12
Quite Sublime
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

The word 'superb' is not one I bandy about lightly, but it seems eminently appropriate for "The Book Thief" by Marcus Zusak. Not only is it inventive in the use of Death as a narrator, which adds a peculiar perspective to the story and confers so much more than a simple device, but the plot and characters are truly compelling. Just when I might have thought the rich seam of World War II had been overworked, comes this beautifully crafted book, which teases at loose threads of this global human tragedy and gradually unpicks the experience of a unique individual, her foster parents and the street and town in which they lived. That the street and characters are German and shaped by the familiar trajectory of the conflict is intriguing. That human frailties and blessed courage know no national boundaries, yet flourish at the individual level, is fascinating.
The gloriously flawed heroine, Liesel, is a child, but nonetheless challenges stereotypes and her arbitrary circumstances, not saintly, but indomitable, funny yet deep. Meanwhile, the disparate array of relationships between Liesel and her parents, neighbours, asylum-seeker and benefactor sow the seeds of sadness, frustration, admiration and despair in equal measure. The impact of man's folly is clearly shown in war and is perhaps felt most keenly by the poor and yet the author also casts a hopeful light on the resilience of the human spirit and without sentimentality the possibility of greater things. A wonderfully poignant read to ponder.

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/893136.The_Book_Thief
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