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User Review  - CorinneT - LibraryThing

The story : 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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - Debra_Armbruster - LibraryThing

I am truly on the fence regarding The Book Thief. It was a struggle to get through because I did not like Death's voice as the narrator, but I enjoyed the historical aspects (not your typical WWII ... Read full review

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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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User Review  - Amanda Stoddard Rowan - Goodreads

As usual, I'm getting around to reading the most popular contemporary literary novels way later than everyone else. Am I the only one who didn't melt in a puddle of tears at the end? I might be too ... Read full review

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User Review  - Evey - Goodreads

It was not as great as most of people say. It was like running in circles for days, knowing since the start what that could possibly bring and how would it end. The writing itself wasn't particularly ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ashley - Goodreads

Gah, I accidentally deleted my review for this book. I just finished reading it a second time for a book club, and I guess I feel about the same as I remember feeling about it the first time. The ... Read full review

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User Review  - Corinne Martin - Goodreads

The story : 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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ana Lelis - Goodreads

I didn't love like everybody else but I liked a lot. You can learn with it and it makes you think a lot. Even thougt I didn't like the death telling people were going to die before it happen haha I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Angie - Goodreads

This was an awesome book. Don't you go looking at my three-star rating and think I'm a hater or something. It was good. In fact, people warned me that I would cry and I did, in fact, cry. That being ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kelly - Goodreads

3.5 I thought I would have enjoyed this more than I did. I didn't love it but I didn't hate it either Read full review


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