N at least a tiny bit and seeing 5 stars 5 stars 45 stars 5 stars I can appreciate that Markus Zusak is a very talented writer some f the phrases he uses are beautiful and highly uotable reminiscent f poetry than prose And the story idea A tale narrated by Death and set in Nazi Germany riginal and Introductory Algebra: Models Concepts Skills ominous But it was the story telling that never really worked for me This isne Marriage After God: Chasing Boldly After God’s Purpose for Your Life Together of those incredibly slow subtle books that are told in a seriesf anecdotes and are meant to cleverly build up a bigger picture but the stories just didn t interest meI could imagine I was reading a collection f short stories and not a full length novel about playground fights developing friendships WWI stories and death The book felt almost episodic in nature These stories are supposed to come together and form a novel that is all kinds f awesome but it was so bland I also think that nearly 600 pages Blue Blood of subtlety can make you want to throw yourselfff the nearest tall building anyone read To the Lighthouse and spend 99% The Gollywhopper Games: Friend or Foe of it just wishing they d get to the effin lighthouse I m giving this book 3 stars for the pretty words and the concept Butther than that this book unfortunately won t stay with me I find it an easily forgettable novel I m sorry Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Store I put Parafilias (Spanish Edition) off reading this book for the library book club Here are my three reasons for doing so1 It s a Young Adult Book I am an Adult It can t be that good if it s written for young people2 It s about the Holocaust and I think we ve all heard enough about that The author will probably even focusn colors among the grays as in Schindler s List3 I have WAY too many It's Like This other books to readAfter avoiding the book for as long as possible I sat down hoping to enjoy it enough to gain some clever comments for the book groupTurnsut most The Mirage of my concerns were right Butne ther thing was also true THIS BOOK ROCKSThe first thing any review will say about this book is that it is narrated by death So I might as well get it ut Rituels secrets des Templiers of the way Death the Hooded One the Angelf the Night narrates He is very busy during the war years as you might expect Some people claim this is a mere gimmick and that the story is strong enough as it is I agree that this is a strong story it moves like a sailboat n a brisk day but I think the choice to tell it through Death was a good ne Death foreshadows constantly so we know a bit about which A Mild Suicide of the characters will die Insteadf ruining the shock value this heightened my anticipation and dread And isn t that how people feel during war They know some Beethoven for a Later Age: The Journey of a String Quartet of them are bound to die They know they will lose lovednes It s Born to Ride: A Story About Bicycle Face one long hellish wait to see how it will turnut It s also an unusual take Origen: Scholarship in the Service of the Church on the Holocaust because it focusesn Liesel an rphaned German girl living in Hitler s birthplace Liesel The Book Thief and the ther characters in this book are rich interesting and wily I say wily because at points in the book you hate them but they change and you grow to love them For instance Liesel s adopted mother is a foul mouthed abusive sharp woman SPOILER When Liesel s adopted father is shipped ff to war however Liesel creeps through the house to see Rosa sleeping with her husband s accordian strapped around her waist Rosa s changes prove ne Porter Earns a Quarter (Four Basic Skills Series, Volume 2) of the greatest reasons to read good literature to get insight into the typef people we don t usually give a second chance When death captures me the boy vowed he will feel my fist Mayan, Incan, and Aztec Civilizations, Grades 5-8 on his face Personally I uite like that Such stupid gallantryYesI like that a lotA few days ago when I was starting The Book Thief my mother stopped by and saw the bookn my coffee table Having just read it herself and knowing me better than anyone else in the world I might add she was determined to save me from myself She did her very best to convince me not to read it She described in detail the three day long headache all the crying had caused her and the heartache she now has to live with but I m nothing if not stubborn I guess I never learned to listen to my mother I m pretty sure her parting sentence was Don t come crying to me And I didn t I huddled in a corner and cried inconsolably instead Death himself narrates the story about a little girl named Liesel growing up with her foster parents in Nazi Germany At the beginning I felt somewhat intimidated by the idea Tablettes Albertini Actes privés de l'époque vandale of Death as a narrator I assumed that his voice would be dark and thunderous but for the most part he was a rayf light illuminating earth s saddest time Incredibly insightful bservations and ccasional dry humor are Sexual Soulmates: The Six Essentials for Connected Sex (English Edition) only somef the things no ne but Death could have brought into this story Besides we hear people calling God s name every day for many reasons but when Death calls to Him in despair and even those calls fall n deaf ears no Piazza, Student Edition: Introductory Italian one can fail to understand the gravityf the situationI do not carry a sickle Unbroken Circle: How to Take Your Family Through the End Time or a scytheInly wear a hooded black robe when it s coldAnd I don t have those skull like facial features you seem to enjoypinning n me from a distance You want to know what I truly look likeI ll help you ut Find yourself a mirror while I continueThe Book Thief is not ne f those books you read compulsively desperate to find ut what s n the next page No It is in fact better to read it slowly in small doses in a way that allows you to savor every word and absorb the power and the magic it contains All the while you know what s going to happen Death has no patience for mysteries However anticipation f the inevitable makes it "even worse My whole body was tingling with fear because I knew what was coming "worse My whole body was tingling with fear because I knew what was coming and that it was nly a matter f timeZusak
FOUND A WAY TO GIVE A FRESH APPROACH TO a way to give a fresh approach to much told story He ffered a glimpse at the The Reformation (World History Series) other sidef the coin Really should we feel sorry for the people hiding in a basement in Munich suburbs Sure bombs are falling n their heads but most f them are members Ask Me Nicely: Dark Urges Book One of the Nazi Party willinglyr reluctantly Some Date With A Dead Doctor of them truly think that Jews are no better than rats Somen the Signs in the Heavens: A Jewish Messianic Perspective of the Last Days Coming Millennium other hand are hiding a Jew in theirwn basement Some are just innocent children But the important uestion is are we any better at all if we don t feel compassion and sorrow Death does a great job Daddy Lost Me At Poker (Eroticulture) (English Edition) of asking all these uestions in a calm unobtrusive wayI m not pretentious enough to believe that my clumsy words can ever do this book justice I won t even try Time will speak for it as I m pretty sure it will survive for decades and generations to come The Book Thief and Markus Zusak should find their place in every school textbook allver the world Seven thousand stars could never be enough for this book EDIT A few words from the man himself UPDATE AUG 26 2016 This review has been here 8 years has 18 pages Orb: A Tale of Alien Pregnancy of 854 comments and 764 likes There s noutrage for you to add in the comments section that hasn t already been addressedIf you want to talk about the book Witchopoly or why you liked itr anything else feel free UPDATE FEB 17 2014 I wrote this review 4 years ago Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett: A Grandfather's Thoughts on Faith, Family, and the Things That Matter Most 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 in the rankings by commentingn the misspelling You re very dear but I know his name is Anton and not Antonin On that same note you don t need to add comments telling me that I didn t like the book because I don t know how to read and don t understand metaphors I actually have an MA in in English Lit so I do know how to read much better than you do in fact Now uit bothering me before I go get my PhD and then really turn into a credential touting ass UPDATE JULY 10 2013 To all jr high students who find themselves grossly Asesinato en una Lavandería China (Fondo Editorial Tierra Adentro offended by my review please remember that every time you leave a comment here you push my review up even higher in the rankings Please save us both time and energy by not commenting Thnx This was the biggest piecef garbage I ve ever read after The Kite Runner Just as with The Kite Runner I m somewhat shocked that this book is a bestseller and has been given awards chewed up and swallowed by the literary masses and regarded as greatness Riiiight The whole thing can be summed up as the story f a girl who sometimes steals books coming f age during the Holocaust Throw in the snarky narration by Death nifty trick except that it doesn t work a few half assed drawings f birdies and swastikas senseless and ften laughable prose that sounds like it was pulled from the poetry journal Beyond Time Travel - Exploring Our Parallel Worlds: Amazing Real Life Stories in the News (Time Travel Books Book 1) of a self important 15 yearld and a cast Boarding House of Hunks of characters that throughout are like watching cardboard cutouts walking around VERY SLOWLY and that s the novel Here are some humblebservations First chances are that you Mr Zusak are not Antonin Chekhov You are therefore incapable f properly describing the weather for use as a literary device and you end up sounding like an asshole Don t believe meI like a chocolate colored sky Dark dark chocolate Really Do you now The sky was dripping Like a tap that a child has tried it s hardest to turn ff but hasn t uite managed Really Wow Next you ll tell me that the rain was like a shower I m moved Oh how the clouds stumbled in and assembled stupidly in the sky Great Bec (The Demonata, obese clouds Yes Stupidbese clouds They need an education and a healthy diet Next chances are that you Mr Zusak are not William Styron The Further Mishaps of Charlie Chumpkins or anyne f the ther small handful f authors that can get away with Holocaust fiction They ve done their research had some inkling f writing ability and were able to tell fascinating stories You invented a fake town in Germany probably so you didn t have to do any research and told. Ident and it is her first act f book thievery So begins a love affair with books and words as Liesel with the help f her accordian playing foster father learns to read Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book burnings the mayor's wife's library wherever there are books to be fou. Just to clarify Yes I did cryI ve read a lot Our Planet: Our Home of positive and negative reviews for this book I can see why people wouldn t like it I really can Perhaps because I took a lotut Kakoong, Pahlawan Pulau Awan Vol. 8 of it personally I found I enjoyed it a lotuick test to see if you ll like this book1 Did you like Annef Green Gables2 Can you cope with an ff beat melancholy caustic dead pan self righteous narrator3 Do you like wordsuestions 4 8 were all about what kind f underwear you re wearing so don t worry about themSo let s all gather around for story time with Mistress KatTwo incidents set me Journeys of Frodo: An Atlas of J.R.R.Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings off lately1 My neighbour came to me and complained about the Islanders for those not Australian the Tongan Fiji Papa New Guinea and New Zealand populationsf Australia causing trouble and therwise defiling ur great and beautiful nation2 I was tooling around n Facebook when I noticed ne f my friends ne f those friends you ve never met except in an internet community hosting a link to a video f a speech from a man addressing the American people I wouldn t go so far as to say that he is reminiscent A Stepdaughter In Heat (Daddy Daughter Sex Stories) of a neo Hitler but let s just say that the comparison would not be wholly unearned Her commentsn the video were that everything he d said was right it was time that people sat up and listened for the sake f their country and that it s about time somebody did something Fuck me I ve heard this phrase so many times What is it exactly that they re referring to Do they actually know I ve yet to hear them pronounce what this something is r what it looks like Is there some plan that I m not aware f that they re referring to Does it involve chipmunks honey and teuilaTo my neighbour I simply mumbled that I had to leave and got in my car I was ffended In the End on behalff my friends so I blew him ff and I haven t really spoken to him since To my Facebook friend I resisted the urge to make any comments I debated about starting a fight that would in all likelihood spill ver to ur community In the end I ignored her and I haven t spoken to her sinceThe Book Thief is not your typical WWII story It doesn t even ask you to sympathize with the Jews Their plight is background to the story and their struggles and pains are rarely shown except through the pitifulbeautiful character f Max This story actually focuses n the bad guys Zusak assumes that you know about the struggle and the plight f the Jews He assumes that you feel for them that you are horrified n their behalf and so he doesn t spend much time eliciting an emotion that you are expected to haveInstead it focuses n the BAD guys You get to know and live the lives f a small and poor town in Germany The thing is though that these aren t really the bad guys Zusak probably rightly assumes that we d never be able to really empathize and enjoy reading a book about characters truly bad They re not really bad After all they may be Germans and they may have escaped persecution and death but they re still poor They re the tiny fraction f the German population who sympathizes with the Jews They harbour a Jewish man in their home and come to love him The thing is though that for most The Age of Treachery of the novel they re not the good guys either They don t speak up for the Jewish people they don t try to change popularpinion they don t stand for what s right They uietly try to get by without causing waves and without risking much f themselvesSo you can see how I would sympathize How could I think that I m ne The Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy of the good guys when I don t stand up for people either Shouldn t I have challenged my neighbour and asked how he knew that the Islanders were to blame for all the crime Shouldn t I have asked him how many Islanders he knew How he could make such assumptions about people Shouldn t I have challenged my facebook friend Shouldn t I have asked her why she s spreading propaganda Couldn t I have probed her to think critically about this man s claims about facts and ethics No I didn t want to cause problems and I didn t want to make wavesThe narratorf The Book Thief makes a claim that Hitler s took Seven Sisters New Quilts from an Old Favorite over a country and started a war not with gunsr weapons but with words I ve read Bike Mechanic: Tales from the Road and the Workshop (Rouleur) others consider this claim to be stupid and ridiculous but I actually agree with him When I was a child I asked my Great Aunt Nell why she insistedn engaging me in long and tedious hypothetical debates about morality human nature ethics and theology Her response was always the same if you don t fill a child s head with all the right stuff someone will come along and fill it with all the wrong stuff It s kind f like those corny motivational uotes that the teachers post in their rooms Those who stand for nothing fall for anythingWell I agree When you don t educate people when you don t teach them to think critically with full understanding and proper knowledge then ther people come along and whisper in their ear and fill their heads up with mindless rot Hitler
Told The German Peoplethe German people to think He told them "Who Was Wrong Why They Were Wrong How To Fix "was Wrong Why they were Wrong How to fix Wrong What was Right Then he did the most powerful thing a person could do he told them a story When you tell a whole nation a story about the future a gloriously bright future with Plenty and Joy a future in which they are redeemed and have conuered their enemies a future in which they are happy and Everything Is As It Should Be and if you tell that story well enough then you can conuer a country and wage a war without ever firing a single bullet Coincidently when you don t speak up when you don t proclaim the truth when you re too afraid to replace ignorance with knowledge then you re no better than an accomplice to a crime I can t imagine how my friends would feel if they d known that I stood by and allowed them and their family and children to be slandered like that Pretty appalled I imagine and rightfully soAnd now we come to the big reason why I think a lot When a Man Loves a Woman of people didn t like this book the narratorThe Hunger Games did a similar thing to The Book Thief It sought to instil in its readers a sensef proper shame However as pposed to The Book Thief you didn t feel judged After all for the Sins that The Hunger Games was preaching f we re all guilty and in Keep From Falling our combined guilt there seems to be a lesseningf accountability Perhaps there s a sense that we re all going down together When we re damned at least we ll have good company right The Book Thief however singles you Catalogue the Insanity out as solely responsible It strips you naked and looks downn you as it asks you to account Blessed Homecoming of yourself Not even the narrator can sympathize with you because he is thenly Shrek one left blameless and innocent looking upon us with a reserved kindf pity and bewilderment Maybe I m a glutton for punishment I don t mind being stripped down I don t mind being reprimanded and so I loved this book I loved this book for inspiring me to be even utlandishly utspoken and persistently and doggedly forthcoming Look Alikes Jr. on mypinions f these issues I loved this book because I loved the narrator I loved this book because I loved the story I loved this book because I now have the PERFECT excuse to start a helluva lot fights For some reason that thought makes me very happy I feel like I was just given a history lesson but in the most emotionally damaging way possible Video review can be found here s going to take awhile for this book to fully sink in but verall this was a masterpiece I give this 5 stars BUT there is a disclaimer If you want a fast read this book is not for you If you Architecture for the Shroud: Relic and Ritual in Turin only like happy endings this book is not for you If you don t like experimental fiction this book is not for you If you love to read and if you love to care about the characters you read about and if you love to eat words like they re ice cream and if you love to have your heart broken and mendedn the same page this book is for you This story is narrated by Death during World War II and it is the story Collecting and Exhibiting Computer-Based Technology: Expert Curation at the Museums of the Smithsonian Institution of a young German girl who comesf age during He Remembers the Barren onef the most horrific times in recent history Death has a personality If something bad is about to happen Death warns you ahead The Early Girl Gets the Blood Wolf of time My favorite part is when he stompsn a framed picture Diary of a Library Nerd: An Erotic Diary of One Woman's Metamorphosis of Hitlern his way to retrieve a thousand souls from a bomb raid Death is trying to understand the human race as much as the humans are When his job becomes unbearable he watches the color The Stonemere Park Breast Essays: From The L.C.T.F. Archives of the sky as he gathers the souls and carries them away The descriptionsf the sky are like nothing I ve ever read A few uotes In years to come he would be a giver Let the Wolf Howl of bread not a stealer proof againf the contradictory human being So much good so much evil Just add water p164The town that afternoon was covered in a yellow mist which stroked the rooftops as if they were pets and filled up the streets like a bath p247He was a black suit than a man His face was a mustache p413He does something to me that boy Every time It s his The Resistible Rise Of Benito Mussolini only detriment he stepsn my heart He makes me cry p531There was nce a strange small man He decided three important details about his life 1 He would part his hair from the pposite side to everyone else 2 He would make himself a small strange mustache 3 He would Blue Guide New York one day rule the world Yes the Fuhrer decided that he would rule the world with words p445 I hate it when this happens I truly do It makes me feel wrong inside when everyone else loves a book that I find to be underwhelming I mean what s wrong with me Did I not get it Obviously it must be a lackf intelligence r something because everyone seems to rate this 5 stars I was looking through my friend reviews hoping that someone would share my pinio. It is 1939 Nazi Germany The country is holding its breath Death has never been busier and will be busier stillBy her brother's graveside Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single bject partially hidden in the snow It is The Gravedigger's Handbook left behind there by acc.