Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Book Review: The Book Thief

I took advantage of a weekend to myself and a snow day yesterday and got to reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
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My friend Trish had recommended this book to me a while back, and I had suggested it at my book club, where it was added to the list of books but was never picked, so I took it upon myself to read it. Especially since the movie came out and I wanted to read it before I saw the movie.

Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:
"It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.
Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. "

I don't even know how to describe this book, other than I really loved it. The first few pages I had trouble getting into it, so if you read it, I suggest trying to get through the first few chapters, where it will read easier.

I think part of a sentence from the book describes itself perfectly, for me:
"the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant"
That is this book. I fell in love with the characters, the stories, the relationships. The perspective that the book is told from is different, and I enjoyed that, too. The only thing that I regret is that I read it in 3 days. I wanted the story to last longer but I couldn't help myself from continuing to read it.

I'm not even sure that I want to see the movie because I'm not sure how it can do this book justice. 

This book is wonderful.
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And, since today is another snow day/day off from work, I'll be diving into another book...stay tuned! :)

8 comments:

  1. I am so glad you reviewed this book. I have had it in my "to read" stack for a really long time. I've tried to read it but like you said, the first few pages are hard to get into, so I always ended up choosing to read something else. I've heard this book is amazing. Tonight I'm getting it off the shelf!

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  2. This is totally the kind of book i'd like to read. Especially now the the movie is coming out (or did it come out already? lol)

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  3. I loved the story, but I hated the narration. And the foreshadowing of disaster... I cried so hard at this book, lol. I'm looking forward to the movie!!

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  4. this is the next book in my pile and i am so exited to read it!!

    i saw the preview for the movie and it caught my eye and then i saw it was based on this book so i had to read the book first :)

    happy friday!

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  5. This was definitely one of my favorite books ever!

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  6. I read this book recently too, and while I liked it, I don't think it quite lived up to my expectations. Although that's only because I heard so many great things about it, and built up so my hype, that there was no way it could possibly have been what I wanted it to be.

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  7. I want to read The Book Thief, but I am just worried about it being to sad lol.

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