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This is very much an adult book, it just happens to have a young girl as the main character. The setting is Nazi Germany during the second World War and the story is told by the personified spirit of Death; a sympathetic Death who is worn out and tired from years of gathering up the souls of the recently departed. Death is so discouraged by man's inhumanity to man that when he sees something special in young Liesle Meminger, the book thief, against his better judgment he feels something for her and follows her story over the years. The story begins in 1939 and Liesel is nine, almost ten-years-old. She has had a miserable life by anyone’s standards, but she’s resilient.
She lives with her foster parents in a poor suburb of Munich Germany next-door to Rudy Steiner. (READ: some facts about Rudy, pg. 48). Life is grim, but Liesel finds hope in spite of Hitler, in spite of poverty and in spite of fear. Liesel also discovers the power of words both to cause harm, as in Third Reich propaganda, and to heal, when her foster father and the Jewish man they hide in their basement help her learn to read.
Death calls Liesel “a perpetual survivor --- an expert at being left behind.”
I have never read a story about war and love and life and death that has broken my heart so completely.
 

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I recently just finished reading this book. I can honestly say it is one of the best books I have ever read. I am a big bookworm, I have never read a book quite like this one. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys reading about struggles, love, and also learning a bit about history. That is one main reason i like this book, its a story of a young girl alive during world war 2. Its very very good. 

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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.
 

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I absolutley love this book. It has a wonderful way of describing things and i love the narration from deaths point of view. I love the character Liesel and her Pappa Hans, i especially love Rudy, but Rosa is also an awsome character, i think that my favorite character, however, is Max. The whole book is heartbreaingly wonderfull. I recomend you read this book but make sure you are ready, it will make you cry. 

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Another book I couldn't put down. Frightening, somber, suspenseful and even joyful at times. Interesting to see history from another perspective.

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Words do not come to describe how brilliant this book was. Not a lot of my friends like to read, and that's probably because they've never read THE BOOK THIEF.

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yo! this is a great book!!! i highly recomend it, and i don;t even like reading!!!

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Slow start for me. However, once I fully understood the narrator's (death) perspective, I could not finish. I appreciated this book in so many ways...from start to finish!

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very outstanding

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This book is something that can't be rated by one word. It packs so much emotion into one unforgetable story. I love the irony of it and the simplistic way of describing death, in colors. I recommend this book to everyone. It is great for children, but also for adults. This is one of those novels that should be read as a child but re read as an adult to capture the depth of the novel. I did not expect to like this book when I started reading it, but not it is most definitly my favorite book. 


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