Sunday, 27 July 2008

Sunday Salon - The Book Thief

Thanks to Becky of Becky's Book Reviews and Julie of Bookworm for the questions that got me thinking and reviewing The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

Did you enjoy The Book Thief?

Yes I absolutely loved it. It is one of my favourite books of 2008. A 5 out of 5.

Did you think it lived up to its hype?

Yes, definitely it is unique and innovative. I've read quite a lot of book about WW2 but nothing like this before. A very fresh angle.

Who would you recommend it to?

It's one of those books that I am running round saying to everyone I know "you MUST read this."

Do you see it more as a YA or an adult book?

I thought this had more of an adult feel than the other YA books I've read. I think that was to do with the style. YA books usually have a very engaging main character. Where as having Death as the narrator removed the reader slightly from Liesel.

Who was your favourite character?

Rudy without a doubt.
I loved all the characters they are vibrant and leap off the page straight into your heart. Liesel, the book thief of the title, her foster parents Hans and Rose Hubermann and Max, the Jew hiding in the basement. Rudy was special though one of those characters I'll remember for a long time.

Were there any parts that made you cry?

Oh yes! I was reading the end flying back to DC and I think my fellow passengers thought I was slightly crazy as I sat sniffling away.

One thing that stood out for me in that book was all the figurative language. What did you think of the writing style?

Four pages into this book I turned to my husband and said "I don't think I am going to like this book, I think it's going to be really pretentious". I found the writing style really difficult at first and then about twenty pages in it just clicked for me and I loved it.

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6 comments:

  1. I did this review in China last summer but was enable to post it because of censorship, Thanks for the reminder

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  2. That was my feeling (about the language) too. The whole time I was reading it I felt on the verge of hating it. In the end, I did love it, but it was a close call. :-)

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  3. I've been debating about reading this book for some reason. I've seen negative reviews, but also seen a fair share of positive reviews like yours. I think like you, I skimmed it and thought it seemed pretentious.

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  4. I agree--I don't think it is a YA novel. My teen did read it, but I hate to think that adults would pass this by because it's listed as YA.

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  5. I liked this book a lot. For the reason that we need never forget th holocaust.

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  6. The part where you were sniffing on the plane - that was funny!

    Oh yeah, some parts were just so sad that I wept too. Especially the encounter between Max and Liesel before he walked away to the camp.

    I love this book and I'm so glad I read it sooner. :)

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