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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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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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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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This book is very strange not to mention all the potty words there are kids who could just come and read this book and learn more than they should I suggests this book for older people. (Teens and Adults).

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The best description l can give of this book is actually my favorite quote of the entire book.
"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."
It is one of the early things said by death in the beginning narration of this book, it is one of the simplest things he proclaims during the whole book. At the beginning this quote meant nothing to me, by the end it meant everything.
l would highly recommend this book to anyone, but be warned it is not what you're expecting never the less you will enjoy it.
 


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