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I really don't know what post modern means. If something is described as post-modern, I figure the person describing it didn't really understand it and is hiding behind a term that few understand but that many, even the most uneducated cretins, bandy about freely.
As I am one of those uneducated cretins, you may wish to take this review with that proverbial grain of salt.
Death narrates. The flow is odd and disjunct. Phrases are turned on their ears. The language is often overwrought trying to mask itself as effortless; the language of magical realism pulled out of Marquez and Esquivel and plonked down in magic-less Nazi Germany. This book is working hard; almost working too hard.
But through all of that, the characters come through. Perhaps in spite of the writing. Or perhaps because of it. I don't know. I am, as previously mentioned, an uneducated cretin.
After the first 20 pages I thought to myself "sheesh" and seriously considered putting the darn thing down and never picking it up again. But I pressed on, not because I hoped it would get better but because a book started and not finished tends to taunt me mercilessly.
As I forced myself to read, I stopped noticing the clunky structure and the outrageous use of typical words. Maybe I got accustomed. Maybe it got better. Cretins can only guess at things of this nature.
But the book ended up telling its compelling story in a way that I ended up caring about what happened to these characters who spoke and acted like no one I've ever known. Or ever will know. Who lived in a world I hope never to know. A world described with phraseology that tried its best to be perfectly peculiar while simultaneously being distinctly descriptive.
I liked it. And it moved me.
Score points, I guess, for the borderline obsessive compulsive need to finish what I start.
 

Review: The Book Thief

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The final discussion post for our Book Thief Readalong is up on the blog! description All three of us ended up liking, but not loving it the way so many of our fellow readers seem to. What did you ... Read full review

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[I had a great anecdote to start this review off with a bang, but then fucking Goodreads fucking ate it. Goodreads, you and I need to have some serious words. Also, I'm not writing it all over again ... Read full review

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[I had a great anecdote to start this review off with a bang, but then fucking Goodreads fucking ate it. Goodreads, you and I need to have some serious words. Also, I'm not writing it all over again ... Read full review

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I write this review under severe duress. Three-star books are always difficult to review, aren't they? They are difficult for me, mostly because I am so dispassionate about them. It's much easier to ... Read full review

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A seminal work in every aspect, The Book Thief transformed literature of the English tongue upon its release in 2005. Had there ever been a Holocaust novel like it, taking us so far into the lives of ... Read full review

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A seminal work in every aspect, The Book Thief transformed literature of the English tongue upon its release in 2005. Had there ever been a Holocaust novel like it, taking us so far into the lives of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Chris Blocker - Goodreads

I couldn't connect with The Book Thief the way I was supposed to, the way everyone else has. It has some great moments, especially toward the end. I loved the way Liesel saw the world and I certainly ... Read full review

Review: The Book Thief

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I couldn't connect with The Book Thief the way I was supposed to, the way everyone else has. It has some great moments, especially toward the end. I loved the way Liesel saw the world and I certainly ... Read full review


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