11.10.2012

The Book Thief



You have to read this book. No, seriously, read it. Without giving too much away, it's a beautifully narrated tale about an adopted German girl in World War II. The coolest thing about this story, I thought, was the unique and interesting way the narrative is set up. The story is narrated third-person by Death, as an observer of Liesel (the main character) Hubermann's life, and the straight narrative is sprinkled with little excerpts from relevant books, facts, quotes, etc. that "illustrate" the story and make it truly endearing. Also, I love books about books and words and the power of words (ex. The Phantom Tollbooth, Fahrenheit 451, etc.) so that made this read all the more enjoyable. Honestly, I think this is making my favorite books of all time, but I'll decide in a couple more readings. On to The Once and Future King!

7 comments:

  1. I'm glad you liked this book a lot! It's always a plus when you encounter a good read.

    I thought it was interesting, by the way, for the author to write the book in Death's point of view.

    XO,
    SSDS

    P.S., That's awesome that you use Meep-Meep-Meep too! You're like the only other person I know that owns it. :)

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  2. i had to read the once & future king in high school. i wasn't into it.

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  3. I loved The Book Thief! One of those books that I would actually like to own and have in my library.

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  4. I've been looking for a good read for when I get a break from school this winter, I may have to check this one out! Thanks!


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  5. I might have to give this a go, it sounds really interesting ;)

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  6. i'm such a baby. i was halfway through this book, and had to stop. i just knew it was too sad for the time in my life. i was already teetering on a thread of deep depression, and even though it was just a book, i knew i couldn't handle one more ounce of sadness.
    it still sits in my shelf of books. in fact, i can see it now as i type. i won't ever finish it. it's too potent of a memory to that sad time in my life.
    jesus!?!? what a bummer comment!?!!
    bring everybody down katie!?!?
    sorry.

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  7. You convinced me! I'll give it a go :-)

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