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Clouds arched their backs to look behind as they started again to move on. A great day to die. A great day to die, like this. Only a writer of Zusak's talent could make this story work, and coud get away with such a proliferation of adjectives and adverbs, to write in such a way as to revitalise the language and use words to paint emotion and a vivid visual landscape in a way you'd never before encountered. This is a book about the power of words and language, and it is fitting that it is written in just such this way.

The way this book was written also makes me think of a musical, or an elaborate, flamboyant stage-play. It's in the title pages for each part, in Death's asides and manner of emphasing little details or even speech, in the way Death narrates, giving us the ending at the beginning, giving little melodrammatic pronouncements that make you shiver. It's probably the first book I've read that makes me feel how I feel watching The Phantom of the Opera , if that helps explain it. And it made me cry.

View all 85 comments. Shelves: sucked , rants , worst-garbage-i-ve-ever-read , i-want-my-money-back. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. There's no outrage for you to add in the comments section that hasn't already been addressed. If you want to talk about the book, or why you liked it, or anything else, feel free. I'm not going to fix it, so please don't drive my review further up in the rankings by co UPDATE: AUG 26, This review has been here 8 years, has 18 pages of comments and likes.

I'm not going to fix it, so please don't drive my review further up in the rankings by commenting on the misspelling. You're very dear, but I know his name is Anton and not Antonin. On that same note, you don't need to add comments telling me that I didn't like the book because I "don't know how to read" and "don't understand metaphors. Now quit bothering me before I go get my PhD and then really turn into a credential-touting ass. Please save us both time and energy by not commenting.

This was the biggest piece of garbage I've ever read after The Kite Runner. Just as with The Kite Runner, I'm somewhat shocked that this book is a bestseller and has been given awards, chewed up and swallowed by the literary masses and regarded as greatness. The whole thing can be summed up as the story of a girl who sometimes steals books coming of age during the Holocaust. Throw in the snarky narration by Death nifty trick except that it doesn't work , a few half-assed drawings of birdies and swastikas, senseless and often laughable prose that sounds like it was pulled from the "poetry" journal of a self-important 15 year-old, and a cast of characters that throughout are like watching cardboard cutouts walking around VERY SLOWLY, and that's the novel.

Here are some humble observations. First, chances are that you, Mr. Zusak, are not Antonin Chekhov. You are, therefore, incapable of properly describing the weather for use as a literary device, and you end up sounding like an asshole. Don't believe me? Dark, dark chocolate. Do you, now? Next you'll tell me that the rain was like a shower. I'm moved. Great obese clouds.

Stupid, obese clouds! They need an education and a healthy diet! Next, chances are that you, Mr. Zusak, are not William Styron or any one of the other small handful of authors that can get away with Holocaust fiction.

"More knows the devil for being old than for being the devil."

They've done their research, had some inkling of writing ability, and were able to tell fascinating stories. What's the point of writing historical fiction if you can't even stay within the basic confines of that hisotrical event? For me, this does nothing more than trivialize the mass murder of over 6 million people. Maybe that's why a 30 year-old Australian shouldn't write about the Holocaust. But that's just me. Moving on. But what really makes this book expensive toilet paper is the bad writing which is to be found not just in bizarre descriptions of the weather, but really on every page.

Some personal favorites? All of this is quite funny coming from a book where the main character supposedly learns the importance of words. Further, I love that the protagonist comes to the conclusion that Hitler "would be nothing without words. What about self-loathing, misplaced blame and hatred, an ideology, xenophobia, charisma, an army, and a pride-injured nation willing to listen?

Don't those count for something?? The shit-storm comes to an end when a bomb lands on our fictional town, wiping out everyone save for the sometimes book-thief main character. Of course. Because weak writers who don't know how to end their story just kill everyone off for a clean break and some nice emotional manipulation. Written for maximum tear-jerking effect, our main character spews out some great lines when she sees the death and destruction around her: To her dead mother, "God damn it, you were so beautiful.

I love you! Wake up! Then she profoundly notes that her dead father " It went on and on to form the one long-ass, senseless, disjointed story. But that's ok. Take it all the junk, give it a quirky narrator, an obscure and mysterious title, throw in a Jew on the run from Nazis who likes to draw silly pictures of birds and swastikas, and market it all as Holocaust lit. Ahh, the packaging of bullshit makes for such a sweet best seller. Swallow it down, America. Put it on the shelf next to The Kite Runner.

You love this. You live for this. I put off reading this book for the library book club. Here are my three reasons for doing so: 1 It's a Young Adult Book. I am an Adult. It can't be that good if it's written for young people. The author will probably even focus on colors among the grays, as in "Schindler's List. After avoiding the book for as long as possible, I sat down, hoping to enjoy it enough to gain some c I put off reading this book for the library book club. After avoiding the book for as long as possible, I sat down, hoping to enjoy it enough to gain some clever comments for the book group.

Turns out, most of my concerns were right. The first thing any review will say about this book is that it is narrated by death. So, I might as well get it out of the way. Death, the Hooded One, the Angel of the Night, narrates. He is very busy during the war years, as you might expect. Some people claim this is a mere gimmick, and that the story is strong enough as it is. I agree that this is a strong story-- it moves like a sailboat on a brisk day-- but I think the choice to tell it through Death was a good one.

Death foreshadows constantly, so we know a bit about which of the characters will die. Instead of ruining the shock value, this heightened my anticipation and dread. And isn't that how people feel during war? They know some of them are bound to die. They know they will lose loved ones. It's one long, hellish wait to see how it will turn out. It's also an unusual take on the Holocaust because it focuses on Liesel, an orphaned German girl living in Hitler's birthplace.

Liesel The Book Thief and the other characters in this book are rich, interesting, and wily. I say wily because at points in the book you hate them, but they change, and you grow to love them. For instance, Liesel's adopted mother is a foul-mouthed, abusive, sharp woman. Rosa's changes prove one of the greatest reasons to read good literature-- to get insight into the type of people we don't usually give a second chance. I give this 5 stars, BUT there is a disclaimer: If you want a fast read, this book is not for you.

If you only like happy endings this book is not for you. If you don't like experimental fiction, this book is not for you. If you love to read and if you love to care about the characters you read about and if you love to eat words like they're ice cream and if you love to have your heart broken and mended on the same page, this book is for you. This story is narrated by Death during World War II, and it is the story of a young German girl who comes of age during one of the most horrific times in recent history. Death has a personality.

If something bad is about to happen, Death warns you ahead of time.

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My favorite part is when "he" stomps on a framed picture of Hitler on his way to retrieve a thousand souls from a bomb raid. Death is trying to understand the human race as much as the humans are. When "his" job becomes unbearable, he watches the color of the sky as he gathers the souls and carries them away. The descriptions of the sky are like nothing I've ever read.

A few quotes: In years to come, he would be a giver of bread, not a stealer - proof again of the contradictory human being. So much good, so much evil. Just add water. His face was a mustache. Every time. It's his only detriment. He makes me cry. He decided three important details about his life: 1.

He would part his hair from the opposite side to everyone else. He would make himself a small, strange mustache. He would one day rule the world. Yes, the Fuhrer decided that he would rule the world with words. I feel like I was just given a history lesson but in the most emotionally damaging way possible.

View all 89 comments. Jennifer Potter I finished this book on a plane and had to close it and compose myself after each page Apr 24, PM. Morgan Same! Jun 21, PM. View all 39 comments. I hate it when this happens, I truly do. It makes me feel wrong inside when everyone else loves a book that I find to be underwhelming I mean, what's wrong with me?? Did I not get it?? Obviously it must be a lack of intelligence or something because everyone seems to rate this 5 stars.

I was looking through my friend reviews hoping that someone would share my opinion - at least a tiny bit - and seeing 5 stars, 5 stars, 4. I can appreciate that Markus Zusak is a very talente I hate it when this happens, I truly do. I can appreciate that Markus Zusak is a very talented writer, some of the phrases he uses are beautiful and highly quotable - more reminiscent of poetry than prose.

And the story idea? A tale narrated by Death and set in Nazi Germany But it was the story-telling that never really worked for me. This is one of those incredibly slow, subtle books that are told in a series of anecdotes and are meant to cleverly build up a bigger picture I could imagine I was reading a collection of short stories and not a full-length novel about playground fights, developing friendships, WWI stories and death.

The book felt almost episodic in nature. These stories are supposed to come together and form a novel that is all kinds of awesome, but it was so bland. I also think that nearly pages of "subtlety" can make you want to throw yourself off the nearest tall building I'm giving this book 3 stars for the pretty words and the concept. But other than that this book unfortunately won't stay with me. I find it an easily forgettable novel.

View all 99 comments. Such stupid gallantry. I like that a lot. A few days ago, when I was starting The Book Thief, my mother stopped by and saw the book on my coffee table. Having just read it herself and knowing me better than anyone else in the world, I might add , she was determined to save me from myself.

She did her very best to convince me not to read it. I guess I never learned to listen to my mother. I huddled in a corner and cried inconsolably instead. Death himself narrates the story about a little girl named Liesel growing up with her foster parents in Nazi Germany. At the beginning, I felt somewhat intimidated by the idea of Death as a narrator. Incredibly insightful observations and occasional dry humor are only some of the things no one but Death could have brought into this story. I do not carry a sickle or a scythe. You want to know what I truly look like? Find yourself a mirror while I continue.

It is, in fact, better to read it slowly, in small doses, in a way that allows you to savor every word and absorb the power and the magic it contains. Death has no patience for mysteries. However, anticipation of the inevitable makes it even worse. My whole body was tingling with fear because I knew what was coming and I knew that it was only a matter of time. Zusak found a way to give a fresh approach to a much-told story. He offered a glimpse at the other side of the coin. Really, should we feel sorry for the people hiding in a basement in Munich suburbs? Sure, bombs are falling on their heads, but most of them are members of the Nazi Party, willingly or reluctantly.

Some of them truly think that Jews are no better than rats. Some, on the other hand, are hiding a Jew in their own basement. Some are just innocent children. Death does a great job of asking all these questions in a calm, unobtrusive way. The Book Thief and Markus Zusak should find their place in every school textbook all over the world. Seven thousand stars could never be enough for this book. View all 69 comments. Shelves: contemporary-fiction , i-learned-something-new , kat-s-book-reviews , australian-writer.

Just to clarify: Yes, I did cry. I've read a lot of positive and negative reviews for this book. I can see why people wouldn't like it - I really can. Perhaps because I took a lot out of it personally, I found I enjoyed it a lot. Quick test to see if you'll like this book: 1. Did you like Anne of Green Gables? Can you cope with an off-beat, melancholy, caustic, dead-pan, self-righteous narrator? Do you like words? Questions were all about what kind of underwear you're wearing so don't worry Just to clarify: Yes, I did cry.

Questions were all about what kind of underwear you're wearing so don't worry about them. So, let's all gather around for story time with Mistress Kat. Two incidents set me off lately. My neighbour came to me and complained about the Islanders for those not Australian: the Tongan, Fiji, Papa New Guinea and New Zealand populations of Australia causing trouble and otherwise defiling our great and beautiful nation.

Do they actually know? Does it involve chipmunks, honey and tequila? To my neighbour, I simply mumbled that I had to leave and got in my car. To my Facebook friend, I resisted the urge to make any comments. I debated about starting a fight that would, in all likelihood, spill over to our community. This story actually focuses on the bad guys. Zusak assumes that you know about the struggle and the plight of the Jews. Instead it focuses on the BAD guys. You get to know and live the lives of a small and poor town in Germany. They harbour a Jewish man in their home and come to love him.

They quietly try to get by without causing waves and without risking much of themselves. So you can see how I would sympathize. How he could make such assumptions about people? When I was a child I asked my Great Aunt Nell why she insisted on engaging me in long and tedious hypothetical debates about morality, human nature, ethics and theology. Well, I agree. Hitler told the German people how to think.

He told them who was Wrong. Why they were Wrong. How to fix the Wrong. What was Right. Then he did the most powerful thing a person could do: he told them a story. When you tell a whole nation a story about the future — a gloriously bright future with Plenty and Joy; a future in which they are redeemed and have conquered their enemies; a future in which they are happy and Everything Is As It Should Be — and if you tell that story well enough, then you can conquer a country and wage a war without ever firing a single bullet.

Pretty appalled, I imagine — and rightfully so. It sought to instil in its readers a sense of proper shame. The Book Thief, however, singles you out as solely responsible. It strips you naked and looks down on you as it asks you to account of yourself. Not even the narrator can sympathize with you because he is the only one left blameless and innocent, looking upon us with a reserved kind of pity and bewilderment.

I loved this book for inspiring me to be even more outlandishly outspoken and persistently and doggedly forthcoming on my opinions of these issues. I loved this book because I loved the narrator. I loved this book because I loved the story. For some reason, that thought makes me very happy. View all 42 comments. I devoured this.

I read it, then I read it again, and now I want to read it for a third time. This book takes such an interesting perspective on a very written about period of history. Having Death as the narrator for parts of the story really took it to the next level; it made it utterly unique. It also created a sense of detachment from the events, and evoked the message that death is unavoidable and will eventually come f I devoured this.

It also created a sense of detachment from the events, and evoked the message that death is unavoidable and will eventually come for all. I loved it, and I think the heroine is just superb. A book thieving heroine? Say no more! For me, one of the most important aspects of a well written character is someone I can sympathise with and feel vast quantities of empathy for.


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So, when the protagonist is in love with reading and appreciates the freedom it can grant, I find myself somewhat immediately won over to her cause. For a young girl she is incredibly strong. I should have known this was going to be a sad one. Death pretty much said so from the start.

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At least Liesel found some degree of comfort, which lifted the veil of misery somewhat. The ending of this book is precisely what made it so powerful. A fantastic story Liesel is an orphan, and when she was adopted I expected her to have an absolutely terrible time. I expected her adopted parents to be awful. In the Hubermann household she received warmth and comfort. Hans Hubermann is an excellent man; he is open-hearted and genuine in his affection.

He is everything the young orphan needed in a parent, and he is everything that was needed to balance the darkness in the book. He is a true figure of strength and someone who represents the underappreciated resistance to Nazism within Germany during WW2. He refuses to become a member of the political party and even hides a Jew in his basement. I know I keep saying that but it is so true. Everything about this book is just brilliant. I think this is such an accomplished story. It takes a lot to write a book like this, and to end it like this.

The temptation to end it differently must have been humongous. An outstanding five stars View all 32 comments. I am apparently one of the few people who just do not see what all of the hype is about on this one. I was really excited to read this after all of the glowing reviews it got, but I was left extremely disappointed. I found the writing stilted and stuttering hard to stutter in writing, but this book pulls it off , overly sentimental, and heavy-handed on the symbolism. I also found the author's approach to the story to be just plain gimmicky.

The first and foremost gimmick also see heavyy-handed I am apparently one of the few people who just do not see what all of the hype is about on this one. The first and foremost gimmick also see heavyy-handed symbolism is that the story is narrated by Death. Now, this might work in some books, but not this one. The choice of narrator adds absolutely nothing to the story; it is only a distraction to the reader, and it also encouraged the author to add trite observations about Death's perspective for example, he doesn't carry a scythe, but likes the human image that add nothing to the story.

If Death here had been given developed personality or a unique perspective, then maybe and even then it's a stretch the choice of narrator would have worked. As it is, the story is told almost entirely as though by an omniscient narrator is Death omniscient? It's a gimmick, and it falls flat. The other gimmick I found most distracting these are not the only two, but they are the most egregious is the repeated use of little newsflash-type, bold and centered notes that appear periodically through the story to highlight some stupid point and add in the author's mind dramatic effect.

These newsflashes, as I think of them, were irritating and served only to break up the natural narrative flow without adding anything significant. This is another example of the author hitting the reader over the head with his points, rather than trusting his own writing to get the message across. This is another ill-conceived and heavy-handed gimmick intended to correct for a poor narrative. I think it is telling that while this book gets listed as teen fiction, Zusak actually wrote it for adults. For some reason, it got identified as being for teens when it got marketed in the U.

It seems to me that the explanation for this change is that the novel feels like it was written by a very immature author, and so the prose does not attain the quality one should expect of adult fiction.

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I think good Holocaust stories need to be told, but the Book Thief fails at that endeavor. The story is trite; the narrative is sentimental and uninspired. I recommend that you look elsewhere for something better. If you want something for younger readers, try Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry.

I might even add in Fahrenheit by Ray Bradbury, to counteract the heavy-handed book-burning theme of the Book Thief. There's plenty more out there that better deserve your time and attention than does this book. View all 96 comments. Shelves: favorites , awesome-kickass-heroines , excellent-reads , reads , for-my-future-hypothetical-daughter , reads , i-also-saw-the-film , war-s-inhuman-face.

Words cannot describe how much I loved this book, what impact it had on me. But, like Liesel, words is all I have, so I will have to try. This is a lyrical, poignant, heartbreaking, soul-shattering story disjointedly told by a nearly-omniscient, fascinated by humans narrator - Death. Don't judge me - I needed a glimpse of fun in the bl Wow. Don't judge me - I needed a glimpse of fun in the bleakness of Zusak's story.

I even kissed a few weary, poisoned cheeks. I listened to their last, gasping cries.


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  8. Their vanishing words. I watched their love visions and freed them from their fear. Who has to learn to lose what she loves. Because the world is baffling, because it is a cruel place, because often it tries to stomp out love and beauty. Sand castles, houses of cards, that's where they begin. Their great skills is their capacity to escalate. It is the mix of colors and strange metaphors, semi-dictionary entries and frequent strange asides, with skipping time, with complete disregard for spoilers. I'm spoiling the ending, not only of the entire book, but of this particular piece of it.

    I have given you two events in advance, because I don't have much interest in building mystery. Mystery bores me. It chores me. I know what happens and so do you. It is its job to know, after all. And this prescience does not soften the blows when they finally come; it only brings anticipatory dread and loving appreciation for things and people while they still ARE.

    In the trees this afternoon, he was a giver of bread and teddy bears. He was a triple Hitler Youth athletics champion. He was her best friend. And he was a month from his death hide spoiler ]. He steps on my heart. Max Vandenburg , the Jewish fistfighter, who dreamed of battling Hitler and gave Liesel the perfect gift with everything he had. You taught me to read. No one can play like you. I'll never drink champagne. She had a bigger one that people would think. There was a lot in it, stored up, high in miles of hidden shelving. Remember that she was the woman with the instrument strapped to her body in the long, moon-slit night.

    Liesel, who learns more about the cold cruelty of this world than most children should ever know. Liesel, who learns to read from the Gravedigger's handbook, who rescues the book from fire, who would rather steal books than food, who is not afraid to show kindness in the face of very real threat, who finally gives Rudy that overdue kiss, who fascinates even Death itself.

    All of them remained human despite the circumstances, despite the pressure to do otherwise, despite anything. And I love them for that. This is a wonderful, lyrical, surreal, excellent book that broke my heart into tiny little pieces and yet gave me hope that even in the worst of times we can find beauty. So if something in it seems incoherent - that's why. View all 62 comments. I had a hardcover of this book.

    I no longer have it. I did not even finish reading it, because it irritated me so much and when I asked if it got better no one could convince me that it was worth persevering. I know that there are many people who love this book, authors who's book I love, readers who's tastes I respect.

    But I couldn't stand the narrator. Every time the Narrator intruded on the story it felt like exactly that--an intrusion. A lot of people really like the narrator, and I imagine I had a hardcover of this book. A lot of people really like the narrator, and I imagine if you did the book would be much more enjoyable to read. As it was I found the writing style consciously "artistic" or "literary" while the characters felt fake, superficial, and mechanical.

    I was too aware of the mechanics of the story and how he was manipulating the reader--kind of like going to a puppet show and having the puppeteer continually slipping and letting himself be seen. It kept knocking me out of the story. Holocaust fiction is hard for me to read anyway, because it's an incredibly difficult period of history and human experience to read about. For me to want to read Holocaust fiction, it had better be better than okay, or even good--ti had better be absolutely amazing for me to be willing to put myself through the emotional pain and struggles that are inherent with a holocaust book.

    Real life is hard enough for me to get upset and stressed out by a mediocre book. And please don't take that to mean that I only read books that are light and fluffy and safe, because I do read books that are hard, that are sad. But while some people same to take pleasure in reading a book just because it is sad "Oh, this is a wonderful book!

    It made me cry! For me to read a book that is heart wrenching, it had better offer me something besides an emotional train wreck--powerful characters I really care about, an engrossing story line, some new observation on human existence and human relations, something. I do not usually read fiction to "learn," per se--that is, if I wanted to learn more about the Holocaust, I'd read non-fiction accounts. I have read non-fiction accounts.

    I have read a few things of Holocaust fiction as well, and I have read some scholarly work as well. So it doesn't sell me on the book that it is a painful story, that it shows that some Germans were good and how social pressures created the Holocaust. I needed it to be a book about people that really interested me, that I cared about, and instead I was bored with the characters and irritated at the narrator and the obvious manipulations of the author. Instead of getting wrapped into the story, every night I when I was reading it I'd throw it down and vent for a half an hour to my husband about something that annoyed me.

    After a few nights of this, I realized that unless someone could convince me that the second half of the book was much better than the first that it just wasn't worth my time to finish. So many people wouldn't love it if it were bad. But it really did not work for me. View all 98 comments. I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.

    Liesel, an orphaned girl, is sent to live with a foster family right before the Nazi's take over Germany. She has a peculiar attachment to books, her first being a gravedigger's manual that she picks up during her brother's funeral. Death takes an interest in her and her books on that day and follows her, sometimes constantly and sometimes at a distance.

    There's just something so Meanwhile Liesel slowly grows up in the heart of Nazi Germany. Her adoptive Papa and Mama make her bleak life bearable. But Rudy, her best friend, makes everything right in this world.

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    A snowball in the face is surely the perfect beginning to a lasting friendship. But their idyllic lives cannot stay that way forever. Food shortages are rampart, money becomes ever tighter and Papa's son believes every word from Hitler. And throughout all of this, Death watches Even death has a heart. I have avoided this one for so long I absolutely hate anything that turns that much pain and sorrow into a gimmick to sell more of the product. I feel that a majority of that entertainment field both cheapens the experience and is hugely disrespectful to the victims.

    I feel like this subject should be treated delicately - and there are very few bits of media that I feel do it justice. The Book Thief was just absolutely perfect in that sense. This book was just the right mixture of joys and sorrows, of highs and lows, and of good and evil. I loved Liesel and the way she grew up against the ever-present tide of Nazis. The way she and her family struggled against the world, by hiding a Jew or showing sympathy, really made this book shine. Death made an interesting perspective , though I wish the book would have been narrated more from inside his head.

    Overall, loved this one. Though and this may be just me , but am I the only one disappointed by the title? I really was expecting a bit more book-thievery Audiobook Comments Extremely well-read - an absolute delight to listen to! Blog Instagram Twitter View all 36 comments. View all 23 comments. The Book Thief was published as Young Adult novel. This is a wonderful novel, appropriate for adults of young, middle and advanced years.

    My wife was shedding copious tears as she finished reading the book, and insisted that I read it immediately. How could I not? I was prepared for a moving read and was not disappointed. At his burial, she retrieves a book dropped by one of the gravediggers, a connection to her brother, and begins her career as a book thief. Rosa is a coarse, foul-mouthed woman.

    Hans is a warm, supportive papa. They come to form a very devoted, loving family. But there is much more to this portrait of a German town than the bullies one expects to grow into the expected abusive stereotypes. There is hope, as well, for those who are dragged into the military against their wishes, for those who harbor fugitive Jews at great personal risk, for those who stand up against the abuse of the weak, for those who share a love of knowledge with those eager to learn.

    There is sadness, as some cannot live with what they have seen, what they have lost.

    Nico Liersch as Rudy Steiner - from Imglist. The spirited Liesel will win your heart, as will her friend Rudy, Hans and even Rosa. There are other characters who will also pluck those strings. You will be rooting for this one or that one, cheering victories and weeping at defeats. Having characters one comes to care for is the greatest strength of this book. Over all is an appreciation for words, their power for both good and evil, the magic of language, books as a source of both damnation and salvation.

    Liesel steals her first book as a way of maintaining a connection with her dead brother. Later, learning to read and continuing to steal books gives her a feeling of power. The impact of Mein Kampf receives much attention as does book burning. Geoffrey Rush as Hans Hubermann - from Aceshowbiz. While I have no problem with this device, and while I was charmed by the characterization, I was not convinced that it was entirely necessary. One could have just used a more usual third-party narrative to tell the tale.

    But it is a fun addition nonetheless. The film retained the narrator and did, IMHO, a pretty good job of capturing the essence of the book. Emily Watson as Rossa Hubermann - from Hypable. They did not all work, but most did, and I appreciated his willingness to draw outside the lines. Mark Zusak The Book Thief accomplishes a very lofty goal. It is both intellectually and artistically daring and satisfying while offering up an emotional punch second to none. It will stimulate your brain and it will, at the same time, steal your heart.

    View all 61 comments. I write this review under severe duress. They are difficult for me, mostly because I am so dispassionate about them. So this book is fine. For many German vi I write this review under severe duress. For many German villagers in the late 30s and early 40s, the Third Reich was like a quiet glacier, slowly encroaching on their lives—it moved languidly enough that disaster seemed never truly imminent there is always plenty of time to get out of the way , yet it had enough momentum to churn to pulp anything that was unfortunate enough to meet its frothing jaws.

    What annoyed me about this book, however, was its distracting style of storytelling. It is told from the point-of-view of the Grim Reaper, the personification of death. I would have actually been okay with this except Death is a grating little sonofabitch. These interjections.

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    Interjections like these. That said, I think this book is important for its one shining success, which is to remind us that civilian populations of even aggressor countries are innocent victims. View all 24 comments. The novel is narrated precisely from the point of view of the Death, which is having its job during World War II, forced into working extra hours by a conflict that causes victims relentlessly.

    Vote: 7,5 Prologo : forse non ho prestato la dovuta attenzione, in ogni caso non ho capito niente del prologo o quasi. Voto 7, View all 13 comments. Shelves: young-adult. Bravo Zusak! A standing ovation, a mighty opus. You stood Death on her head, removing her dark cloak and scythe, clothing her with feeling and letting us see she has eyes to see and a heart to feel, and the intellect to narrate a compelling story. I was so glad to find out she has a womb. Out of Death comes Life. She has greater aplomb than Nick in telling about Gatsby. In the spring of at age 19, I made my way to Dachau.

    I lived just south of Munich and the visit to the defunct concentratio Bravo Zusak! I went back to Dachau several times, the souls of the living and the dead calling me. As I worked among Germans in nearby Munich, I was surprised to encounter Jews still, or perhaps again, making their home there, so close to Dachau, so soon after Hitler and his henchmen. These early experiences furnished my life with both angst and vision: with angst to recognize the potential for evil within ever human being and with vision to see the possibility for courage and compassion, to pick up a piece of bread to feed a cipher.

    To remind us to stand up wherever tyranny and power put people down. Zusak took the time and effort to invest the narrative with near perfect words and wonderful sentences and great paragraphs and superb chapters. Flesh fully clothes each character; conflict, action, and suspense oblige the attention of each reader; and the themes are true and consistent throughout, start to finish, and the setting is hauntingly perfect.

    It is a mighty work. View all 18 comments. I hated this book. There is so much I disliked about it that I'm not sure where to begin. I recognize that I am in the minority on this one and that many of my GR friends loved this novel, so there's no need to start screaming at me in the comments. This book just wasn't my cuppa, and that's OK. We're allowed to like different books. My List I think the thing I hated the most was the writing itself. The sentences were rough, uneven and felt unfinished.

    I hated that even though the sentences and ch I hated this book. I hated that even though the sentences and chapters were short and choppy, the book was pages long! Two hundred pages could have been cut from this sucker, easily. I hated how Zusak wrote the narrator Death, and how Death was constantly foreshadowing things.

    Dude, I get it, you're omniscient. I hated that Zusak chose to put his cliched story about a girl who likes books against the backdrop of the Holocaust. It seemed like the author was milking a tragedy to try and make his book seem deeper than it is. I hated that every scene was precious, oh so schmaltzy and precious! I hated that the characters were all two-dimensional and none of them seemed real. They were just a collection of anecdotes. I hated that the entire book felt like a pretentious writing exercise by some smarmy grad student.

    This is the second YA novel that I've hated this year, and I'm taking a break from the genre. I don't need books that are dumbed down. I like complex stories and characters, and beautiful writing that makes me want to underline passages. There wasn't a single sentence in The Book Thief that made me pause and appreciate its construction. Not one. View all 45 comments. I have no words to describe this book. All fall short, it's far more powerful than that. You'll just have to read it for yourselves View all 15 comments.

    Shelves: favorites , young-adult , historical-fiction , fantasy , yes-yes-yes.