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The Book Thief

Editorial Review - Bookreporter.com - Brian Farrey

"A human doesn't have a heart like mine. The human heart is a line, whereas my own is a circle, and I have the endless ability to be in the right place at the right time. The consequence of this is that I'm always finding humans at their best and worst. I see their ugly and their beauty, and I wonder how the same thing can be both." So muses the narrator of Markus Zusak's powerful and moving ... Read full review

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amazing book.liesel is a wonderful teacher and a amazing friend to the man she saved.she is wonderful and this book is thrilling to the point you dont want to put it down because you want to learn what happens next.

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Did you know that Markus Zusak wrote another awesome book called Proceedings - MTS Systems Workshop? Its awesome, you should check it out.

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the book thief movie is a great movie aswell as the book i had sympathy for the girl and the movie gets really sad

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Review by Bennett F
“Here is a small fact….You are going to die” This is fact one in The Book Thief. There are many more facts to come. The fact is, death is the narrator of this book. Death
speaks to us and tells the story of a girl who steals books during World War II. In The Book Thief, death tells the story of a 9-year-old German girl, Liesel Merminger. She was given up by her mother to live with Hans and Rosa Hubermann right before the start of World War II. On their way, Liesel's younger brother Werner dies. At the cemetery, Liesel finds a book, The Gravedigger’s Handbook. She takes the book with her. She is very upset after the death of her brother and the loss of her mother. This story takes place during the time of Hitler. It is a very dangerous time and people are scared and worried about what is going to happen to them. Hans, her foster father, helps her learn to read. She really starts enjoying that she can read so she steals books from Nazi book burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, and anywhere else she can find them. Death described The Book Thief this way: “It’s just a small story really, about, among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter and quite a lot of thievery.” Liesel, the main character, starts bonding with the other characters through her books. She makes many friends, but death is always following them in the story.. The books that Liesel stole brought people together and gave the characters power and hope. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak tells us how important books are. Its message is that words and stories are powerful ways for people to connect with one another.
I liked that Death speaks to the reader like a conversation. Other times he tells the story as an outsider. When death is talking to the reader the author puts his words in in the middle of the page. Sometimes they are facts and sometimes they are feelings that Death has. This gives the reader more information because Death sees everything, not just one person’s experience. He describes all the characters, Zusak invites the readers when Death says, “If you feel like it, come with me. I will tell you a story. I’ll show you something”. Death does tell the story but he also tells us his secrets. This was a deep book for me to read. It was different because Death was talking to the reader. I had to separate his message from the story. It was a little confusing at times. I actually liked Death’s words. It wasn’t depressing because Death didn’t seem evil or mean. He was even funny sometimes. The author used a lot of descriptive language, which many readers would like. For me, it was distracting. Anyone interested in World War II would like this book because it shows a different view of Nazi Germany. It shows readers that not all Germans hated Jews or believed what Hitler said. They also lived in fear for their lives. Readers who like something a little different, like Death as the narrator would also like it.
 

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this the best book ever!!!!!!!

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Thought book sucked lots

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THe BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Book Description via Amazon:
"Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.
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.
In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time."
My Review:
I tried hard to get into the book. I read up to the middle of Part 2 and even spent the money to get the audio to see if I could get into the story if someone else was narrating.
I think the main problem was the time period. It was a horrible time in the worlds history and I don't enjoy reading about it. The story would seem out of place if it were set in a different time period though. I was hoping to really enjoy this book since "unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul." from the book description drew me in but I was very sadly disappointed.
About the Author
Mark Zusak has written four other books The Messenger (or I am the Messenger) The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe and When Dogs Cry. The Book Thief has been translated into forty different languages and is became a movie. First released in 2005, The Book Thief has spent a total of 400 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and still remains there eight years after it first came out.
Now I major motion picture The Book Thief (the film adaptation) is directed by Emmy Award-winning Brian Percival (Downton Abbey) and was shot in Berlin by Twentieth Century Fox. The cast is headlined by Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush (Shine, The King's Speech) and Academy Award nominee Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves, Anna Karenina). It also includes exciting new talents Ben Schnetzer, Nico Liersch, and Sophie Nelisse (Monsieur Lazhar), with Nelisse cast as The Book Thief, Liesel Meminger.
 

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