( [BOOKS] The Book Thief ) BY Markus Zusak – mymaxlinks.us
UPDATE AUG 26 2016 This review has been here 8 years has 18 pages of 854 comments and 764 likes There s no outrage for you to add in the comments section that hasn t already been addressedIf you want to talk about the book or why you liked it or anything else feel free UPDATE FEB 17 2014 I wrote this review 4 years ago on a foreign keyboad so I m well aware that I spelled Chekhov s name wrong I m not oing to fix it so please don t drive my review further up in the rankings by commenting on 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 Ups, Kita Sudah Menikah? goet my PhD and then really turn into a credential touting ass UPDATE JULY 10 2013 To all jr high students who find themselves Catwoman grossly 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 piece ofarbage 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 Baby Legacy (So Many Babies given awards chewed up and swallowed by the literary masses and regarded asreatness Riiiight The whole thing can be summed up as the story of a irl who sometimes steals books coming of age during the Holocaust Throw in the snarky narration by Death nifty trick except that it doesn t work a few half assed drawings of birdies and swastikas senseless and often laughable prose that sounds like it was pulled from the poetry journal of a self important 15 year old and a cast of characters that throughout are like watching cardboard cutouts walking around VERY SLOWLY and that s the novel Here are some humble observations First chances are that you Mr Zusak are not Antonin Chekhov You are therefore incapable of 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 off 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 obese clouds Yes Stupid obese clouds They need an education and a healthy diet Next chances are that you Mr Zusak are not William Styron or any one of the other small handful of authors that can et away with Holocaust fiction They ve done their research had some inkling of 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 a long winded and poorly written story and in 500 pages you couldn t even make it to 1945 so you sloppily dropped off and wrapped it up in 1943 What s the point of writing historical fiction if you can t even stay within the basic confines of that hisotrical event "for me this does nothing than trivialize the " me this does nothing than trivialize the murder of over 6 million people Maybe that s why a 30 year old Australian shouldn t write about the Holocaust But that s just me Moving on But what really makes this book expensive toilet paper is the bad writing which is to be found not just in bizarre descriptions of the weather but really on every page Some personal favorites The breakfast colored sun Somewhere inside her were the souls of words The oldened young man WTF He crawled to a disfigured figure Her words were motionless It smelled like friendship Remind me to sniff my friends next time I see themA multitude of words and sentences were at her fingertips HUH Pinecones littered the round like cookies Sigh All of this is uite funny coming from a book where the main character supposedly learns the importance of words Further I love that the protagonist comes to the conclusion that Hitler would be
nothing without words Really REALLY Would Hitler be nothing without WORDS What about self loathing without words Really REALLY Would Hitler be nothing without WORDS What about self loathing blame and hatred an ideology xenophobia charisma an army and a pride injured nation willing to listen Don t those count for something The shit storm comes to an end when a bomb lands on our fictional town wiping out everyone save for the sometimes book thief main character Of course Because weak writers who don t know how to end their story just kill everyone off for a clean break and some nice emotional manipulation Written for maximum tear jerking effect our main character spews out some reat lines when she sees the death and destruction around her To her dead mother God damn it you were so beautiful To her dead best friend as she shakes him Wake up I love you Wake up Didn t I see the same thing in that movie My Girl Then she profoundly notes that her dead father was a man with silver eyes not dead ones And this kind of angsty adolescent prose just never ended It went on and on to form the one long ass senseless disjointed story But that s ok Take it all the junk Constantly Craving give it a uirky narrator an obscure and mysterious title throw in a Jew on the run from Nazis who likes to draw silly pictures of birds and swastikas and market it all as Holocaust lit Ahh the packaging of bullshit makes for such a sweet best seller Swallow it down America Put it on the shelf next to The Kite Runner You love this You live for this SUCKED 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 notet it Obviously it must be a lack of intelligence or something because everyone seems to rate this 5 sta. It is 1939 Nazi Germany The country is holding its breath Death has never been busier and will be busier stillBy her brother's raveside Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object partially hidden in the snow It is The Gravedigger's Handbook left behind there by acc. .
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Ating like black hearts And then There is death Making his way through all of it On the surface unflappable unwavering Below unnerved untied and undone p331After ten minutes or so what was most prominent in the cellar was a kind of non movement Their bodies were welded together and only their feet changed position or pressure Stillness was shackled to their faces They watched each other and waited p402People and Jews and clouds all stopped They watched As he stood Max looked first at the irl and then stared directly into the sky who was wide and blue and magnificent There were heavy beams planks of sun falling randomly wonderfully onto the road Clouds arched their backs to look behind as they started again to move on It s such a beautiful day he said and his voice was in many pieces A Aryan Idols great day to die Areat day to die like this pp543 4Writing like this is not something just anyone can do it s true art Only a writer of Zusak s talent could make this story work and coud et away with such a proliferation of adjectives and adverbs to write in such a way as to revitalise the language and use words to paint emotion and a vivid visual landscape in a way you d never before encountered This is a book about the power of words and language and it is fitting that it is written in just such this way The way this book was written also makes me think of a musical or an elaborate flamboyant stage play It s in the title pages for each part in Death s asides and manner of emphasing little details or even speech in the way Death narrates iving us the ending at the beginning Bourdieus Secret Admirer in the Caucasus giving little melodrammatic pronouncements that make you shiver It s probably the first book I ve read that makes me feel how I feel watching The Phantom of the Opera if that helps explain itAnd it made me cry I put 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 thatood 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 focus on colors among the Something in Return grays as in Schindler s List3 I have WAY too many other books to readAfter avoiding the book for as long as possible I sat down hoping to enjoy it enough toain some clever comments for the book Byzantium groupTurns out most of my concerns were right But one other 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 wellet it out of the way Death the Hooded One the Angel of the Night narrates He is very busy during the war years as you might expect Some people claim this is a mere Contacts Desired gimmick and that the story is strong enough as it is I agree that this is a strong story it moves like a sailboat on a brisk day but I think the choice to tell it through Death was aood one Death foreshadows constantly so we know a bit about which of the characters will die Instead of ruining the shock value this heightened my anticipation and dread And isn t that how people feel during war They know some of them are bound to die They know they will lose loved ones It s one long hellish wait to see how it will turn out It s also an unusual take on the Holocaust because it focuses on Liesel an orphaned German irl living in Hitler s birthplace Liesel The Book Thief and the other characters in this book are rich interesting and wily I "Say Wily Because At Points In The Book You Hate " wily because at points in the book you hate but they change and you row to love them For instance Liesel s adopted mother is a foul mouthed abusive sharp
woman SPOILER When Liesel s adopted father is shipped off toSPOILER When Liesel s adopted father is shipped off to however Liesel creeps through the house to see Rosa sleeping with her husband s accordian strapped around her waist Rosa s changes prove one of the The Oracles Golem (The Oracle greatest reasons to readood literature to Measuring the Subjective Well-Being of Nations get insight into the type of people we don t usuallyive a second chance Video review can be found here s Let It Bree / Cant Buy Me Louie (Harlequin Duets, going to take awhile for this book to fully sink in but overall this was a masterpiece THE BOOK THIEF A Summary Liesel Hi I m Liesel I have no personality but I m a cute littleirl Death Her name is not Liesel Her name is THE BOOK THIEF and I
shall name her that for the rest of the bookLiesel Even though I stole like 3 booksname her that for the rest of the bookLiesel Even though I stole like 3 books total or something Death Shut up Book ThiefRudy Hello everyone Have you ever seen a lemon That s what my hair looks like Death Here is a little information you should know this books is filled with many interesting facts Very relevant and everything We shall kick off with the definition from the dictionary of the word lemon Reader The fuck Death A lemon is a vegetable that is very yellow and acid That s what the Book Thief s friend s hair looks likeReader That s not a very The Solitary Self good description That s how I picture Rudy now view spoiler hide spoiler When death captures me the boy vowed he will feel my fist on his face Personally I uite like that Such stupidallantryYesI like that a lotA few days ago when I was starting The Book Thief my mother stopped by and saw the book on 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 The Ornaments of Life 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 h Iive this 5 stars BUT there is a disclaimer If you want a fast read this book is not for you If you only like happy endings this bo Just to clarify Yes I did cryI ve read a lot of positive and negative reviews for this book I can see why people wouldn t like it I really can NdBut these are dangerous times When Liesel's foster family hides a Jew in their basement Liesel's world is both opened up and closed downIn superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity award winning author Markus Zusak has One Wish (Thunder Point, given us one of the most enduring stories of our tim. Rs I was looking through my friend reviews hoping that someone would share my opinion 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 of the phrases he uses are beautiful and highly uotable reminiscent of poetry than prose And the story idea A tale narrated by Death and set in Nazi Germany original and ominous But it was the story telling that never really worked for me This is one of those incredibly slow subtle books that are told in a series of 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 of 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 of awesome but it was so bland I also think that nearly 600 pages of subtlety can make you want to throw yourself off the nearest tall building anyone read To the Lighthouse and spend 99% of it just wishing they det to the effin lighthouse I m La santa anoressia. Digiuno e misticismo dal Medioevo a oggi giving this book 3 stars for the pretty words and the concept But other 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 feel like I was justiven a history lesson but in the most emotionally damaging way possible This is a book to treasure a new classic I absolutely loved itSet in Germany in the years 1939 1943 The Book Thief tells the story of Liesel narrated by Death who has in his possession the book she wrote about these years So in a way they are both book thieves Liesel steals randomly at first and later methodically but she s never Remembering and Repeating greedy Death pockets Liesel s notebook after she leaves it forgotten in herrief amongst the destruction that was once her street her home and carries it with himLiesel is effectively an orphan She never knew her father her mother disappears after delivering her to her new foster parents and her younger brother died on the train to Molching where the foster parents live Death first encounters nine year old Liesel when her brother dies and hangs around long enough to watch her steal her first book The Gravedigger s Handbook left lying in the snow by her brother s Leonardo and the Mona Lisa Story graveHer foster parents Hans and Rosa Herbermann are poor Germansiven a small allowance to take her in Hans a tall uiet man with silver eyes is a painter of houses etc and plays the accordian He teaches Liesel how to read and write Rosa is ruff and swears a lot but has a big heart and does laundry for rich people in the town Liesel becomes best friends with her neighbour Rudy a boy with hair the colour of lemons who idolises the black Olympic champion sprinter Jesse Owens One night a Jew turns up in their home He s the son of a friend of Hans from the first world war the man who taught him the accordian whose widowed wife Hans promised to help if she ever needed it Hans is a German who does not hate Jews though he knows the risk he and his family are taking letting Max live in the basement Max and Liesel become close
friends and he writes an absolutely beautiful story for her called The Standoverand he writes an absolutely beautiful story for her called The Standover which damn near broke my heart It s the story of Max rowing up and coming to Liesel s home and it s painted over white painted pages of Mein Kampf which you can see through the paintWhenever I read a book I cannot help but read it in two ways the story itself and how it s written They re not uite inseparable but they definitely support each other With The Book Thief Markus Zusak has shown he s a writer of enius an artist of words a poet a literary marvel His writing is lyrical haunting poetic profound Death is rendered vividly a lonely haunted being who is drawn to children who has had a lot of time to contemplate human nature and
wonder at it Liesel is very real a child living aat it Liesel is very real a child living a s life of soccer in the street stolen pleasures sudden passions and a full heart while around her bombs drop maimed veterans hang themselves bereaved parents move like hosts Gestapo take children away and the dirty skeletons of Jews are paraded through the townMany things save this book from being all out depressing It s never morbid for a
Start A Lively HumourA lively humour through the pages and the richness of the descriptions as well as the richness of the characters hearts cannot fail to lift you up Also it s Soldier O - Bosnian Inferno great to read such a balanced story where ordinary Germans even those who are blond and blue eyed are as much at risk of losing their lives of being persecuted as the Jews themselvesI can to any further without talking about the writing itself From the very first title page you know you re in for something very special indeed The only way to really show you what I mean is to select a few uotes and I wish I was better at keeping track of lines I loveAs he looked uncomfortably at the human shape before him the young man s voice was scraped out and handed across the dark like it was all that remained of him p187 Imagine smiling after a slap in the face Then think of doing it twenty four hours a day That was the business of hiding a Jew p239The book was released Seeing Through the Eyes of the Polish Revolution gloriously from his hand It opened and flapped the pages rattling as it coveredround in the air More abruptly than expected it stopped and appeared to be sucked towards the water It clapped when it hit the surface and began to float downstream p325So many humans So many colours They keep triggering inside me They harass my memory I see them tall in their heaps all mounted on top of each other There is air like plastic a horizon like setting lue There are skies manufactured by people punctured and leaking and there are soft coal coloured clouds be. Ident and it is her first act of book thievery So begins a love affair with books and words as Liesel with the help of 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. ,