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“As close to a perfect story as I've ever read. Absolutely beautiful in every way. The author has a poetic tone that pulls you into the story and keeps you reading despite the sometimes painfully sad story. Love that death is the narrator and I love that the story is so strong that it survives...”see full review » see other reviews »
“The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak is a story that takes place during WWII in Germany. A young girl and boy are taken from their mother to live with the Huberman’s. Except upon arrival only the young girl survived. Throughout her time spent at the Huberman;s she learns to read and experience words and all a while her parents take in a Jewish refugee.
This story was difficult for me to initially get into, but once I did there was no putting it down. I am excited to watch the movie out and compare my reading to the movie. The language in the story is superb, but the complex vocabulary can be difficult at times.
Recommended Texts: The Diary of Anne Frank, Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli
Delicious Language: "You want to know what I truly look like? I'll help you out. Find yourself a mirror while I continue."
It during WWII in Germany and Liesel Meminger has lost her brother and is sent away from her mother to live with the Huberman's on Himmel Street. It is here that Liesel learns to trust, learns to read, learns to love, and learns to fear as she steals books, makes friends with Max, the Jewish man hiding her basement, and begins to love words. Liesel faces many obstacles and experiences more loss than any child should ever have to endure; death tells this story and we learn all about The Book Thief's adventures.
This is one of my favorite books, perhaps my favorite element being the unique narration. This is a truly well-written, well-crafted piece of literature that encourages audiences to look at life from different perspectives. It is haunting and enchanting all at the same time.
I would pair this book with other World War II stories such as The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Night, and the Diary of Anne Frank. A good expository text to read alongside this piece of historical fiction is Witnesses to War.
4. Delicious Language
“She leaned down and looked at his lifeless face and Leisel kissed her best friend, Rudy Steiner, soft and true on his lips. He tasted dusty and sweet. He tasted like regret in the shadows of trees and in the glow of the anarchist's suit collection. She kissed him long and soft, and when she pulled herself away, she touched his mouth with her fingers...She did not say goodbye. She was incapable, and after a few more minutes at his side, she was able to tear herself from the ground. It amazes me what humans can do, even when streams are flowing down their faces and they stagger on...” ”
“I wasn't as crazy about this book as I had hoped to be. The characters were hard for me to picture, as well as the setting. I'm anxious to see the movie, as I imagine it will be interesting.”Momma K. wrote this review yesterday. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was one of the best things that's ever happened to me. Narrated from the view of Death, this story tells of a young girl that steals books, even if she can't read them. She takes risks with her best friend and admirer Rudy. Her foster family is poor and strict, but still loving. When World War II breaks out, her foster parents run the extreme risk of hiding a Jew in a basement.
When I was reading this in class, I had to put it down so I wouldn't cry in school. It's one of the books that you can't put down until you finish it. Highly recommended to anyone, young or old.
“Confusing switching of characters at the beginning, but once they're all established, a beautiful World War II story about a German family who hides a Jewish man in their basement.Papa (Hans Huberman) and Max (their Jewish hider) are particularly wonderful characters. Liesel and Rudy are also fascinating to watch mature as the war progresses. Unforgettable.”Lou W wrote this review 3 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Book Thief is a novel that surrounds the life of Liesel Meminger, a scrawny girl who learns to read during the years of the Holocaust. As her foster parents conceal a Jewish refugee in their basement, Liesel begins to learn more about the world in which she lives. She grows from a naive child to that of a young woman of experience. Her story is told through the eyes of Death, himself.
This was a great book, but it was definitely lengthy. Zusak's language is eloquent, but also very verbose. Also, if I had not read the information about who the narrator was I would have been thoroughly confused. It is not that easy to detect if you are a "relaxed" reader. This book will put your mind and your vocabulary to the test!
I would pair this text with other books about the Holocaust, such as Jerry Spinelli's Milkweed or Elie Wiesel's Night. This is a great book for advanced middle school readers and high school students looking for a challenge.
Quote: "In the darkness of my dark-beating heart, I know. He'd have loved it, all right. You see? Even death has a heart..." (242). ”
“This is an excellent book. I'm not sure I even want to see the movie for fear it won't live up to the book. Very unconventional and very moving, brought me to tears. I highly recommend it.”jema wrote this review 4 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'm not sure I liked the "God" comments, but a great book.”sunshine girl wrote this review 4 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A surprisingly fresh take on a story we all know. I love that Death is the narrator!”Andrea M wrote this review 4 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No