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How does a person review a book that is so beautiful, and yet contains such horrible language that I would now shudder to even mention the book to anyone? 1 star it is.
The premise of 'The Book
Thief' lures you in. It's a story told from the persona of Death during WWII. Piece by piece, the story of Liesel Meminger comes together, as revealed by Death.
"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"
Yes, it's a book to quote from. The author's writing style is definitely unique. Everyone will find that particular sentence which tingles inside of them. Actually, it's a story hidden within poetic prose. The poignancy and heartfelt emotion hold time still while you read. Sometimes the writer takes a moment away from the storyline to create an announcement to the reader --- just a bonus sentence in the page's middle, set off from the other paragraphs, to describe the scene in a more direct way. It's a fascinating writing style, but, Mr. Zusak, did you have to include such filthy words?
Eye-opening in several areas, the book marches you through WWII right alongside Liesel and her foster family, after she loses her own. I must say that most books concerning WWII are always from the point of view of the Jews, the persecuted, or the other sympathetic allies. However, this story reveals itself from the perspective of the everyday German families who were hurt by their own countrymen. What heartbreak they experienced around them, forced on by their Nazi neighbors.
As reflected in the title of the book, there is something to be gained by the power of words. Liesel finds that power within herself, and she aims to do something with that growing ability.
I wish I could read it all over again, minus about a tenth of the book to remove the worst of the rotten language.
 

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User Review  - Christina Grace - Goodreads

If it were possible to give a book zero stars, nay, NEGATIVE stars, I would do so for The Book Thief. I couldn't even get past the first 100 pages. The characters were flat and uninteresting, the plot ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dorota Nocun - Goodreads

Maybe I am just not sophisticated enough, but this book bored me almost to death. The narrator was super-annoying and spoiled the ending half-way through (wtf was the point of that?) The main ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kristina - Goodreads

It should be in my "started reading it and put it down" shelf, but that is reserved for books I might try and read again. I don't know that I'll do that with this one. No, I know I won't try to read this book again. Hate hate hated what little I read of it. Which was actually a lot. Read full review

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User Review  - Steven Lawrie - Goodreads

Markus Zusak, The Book Thief (2005; London: Doubleday, 2007) 554pp. This novel has been around since 2005, but most critics—at least the easily impressed ones cited on the 'Acclaim for The Book Thief ... Read full review

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User Review  - Susanne - Goodreads

I hate to leave a book unfinished. I really do. But, after 200 pages in which absolutely nothing interesting happened, I decided I'd given the book enough of a chance and now I was done. Which I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Maura - Goodreads

Ok, giving up. I can't stand the narrator's voice - Death just shouldn't sound like a stilted 15-year, not in my world. His asides feel forced rather than witty or clever or illuminating. The ... Read full review

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User Review  - Cassandra - Goodreads

Well, %!@. (Readers with tender eyes may want to pass over this review, because this book has put me into a rare cussy mood, and that was the last self-censor you get.) Let me just say that I tried to ... Read full review

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User Review  - La Petite Américaine - Goodreads

UPDATE: FEB 17, 2014: I wrote this review 4 years ago on a foreign keyboad, so I'm well aware that I spelled Chekhov's name wrong. I'm not going to fix it, so please don't drive my review further up ... Read full review


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