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message 1: by Alison (new)

Alison Wow, I liked this review too. The Book Thief was already on my to read list, but after a review like that it is moving up to the top!

message 2: by Walt (new)

Walt Alison wrote: "Wow, I liked this review too. The Book Thief was already on my to read list, but after a review like that it is moving up to the top!"

Thanks Alison, I hope you love the book like I do.

message 3: by Angie (new)

Angie Thanks for a great review. This is one of my favorite books of all time. It was recommended to my teenage daughter at Duke University Young Writer's Camp. I am so glad she passed along the recommendation. A few months after reading this book for the second (and not the last) time, I too was privileged to visit Dachau. I believe the trip to Dachau was made more meaningful by this book. Thanks for taking the time to write such a great review. I shall be recommending this book to every reader I know of any age.

Angie Hyche

message 4: by Walt (new)

Walt You are very welcome. Seldom does a book inspire me like this one does.

message 5: by ☮Karen (new)

☮Karen What a great, thoughtful, articulate review.

message 6: by Walt (new)

Walt Kdb wrote: "What a great, thoughtful, articulate review."

Thank you.

message 7: by Peggy (new)

Peggy Scripter Because of your review I now can't wait to read this book.

message 8: by Christa (new)

Christa Totally agree! I could read this book again and again for its unique style, its humanity, its compassion, its humor.

message 9: by Leonard (new)

Leonard Fernandes Thanks, Walt. I have ordered for this book but your review makes me wish they will hurry with the delivery.

message 10: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Death was male for me, Walt. Interesting juxtaposition, huh?

message 11: by Walt (new)

Walt Perhaps there's good evidence that death is male. For example in the novel, Death narrates about the first day at Auschwitz:

I shiver when I remember— as I try to de-realize it.

I blow warm air into my hands, to heat them up.

But it's hard to keep them warm when the souls still shiver.


I always say that name when I think of it.


Twice, I speak it.

I say His name in a futile attempt to understand. "But it's not your job to understand." That's me who answers. God never says anything. You think you're the only one he never answers? "Your job is to . . ." And
I stop listening to me, because to put it bluntly, I tire me. When I start thinking like that, I become so exhausted, and I don't have the luxury of indulging fatigue. I'm compelled to continue on, because although it's not true for every person on earth, it's true for the vast majority—that death waits for no man—and if he does, he doesn't usually wait very long.

On the other hand, I like believing that women have powers of life and death in eternity over against mortality as much as any God or Death merely characterized as male. And frankly I tire of our traditons of male ascendency.

Thanks for making me think about this some more.

message 12: by Brittany (new)

Brittany A beautiful review. Thank you for doing justice to such a profound novel.

message 13: by Walt (new)

Walt Thanks, Brittany. It everlastingly inspires.

message 14: by Janhavi (new)

Janhavi great review,been meaning to read it.Will definitely let you know how it turned out.thanks for writing it.

message 15: by Walt (new)

Walt Thanks for your note, Janhavi, and kindness. And you're welcome. Good reads.

message 16: by Anthony (new)

Anthony Marchetta Good review. I think the strongest point of the book is the excellent cast of characters. All of Zusak's characters are brimming with hidden layers. There's nothing one note about any of them; each one is lovingly rendered in pitch-perfect detail. Even the side characters have a depth to their personalities that a lot of books' main characters don't have. I must admit, like Death, I loved Rudy. That scene where she kisses his body...

Powerful, powerful writing. He makes you care, then just rips your heart out. And it's even worse because you knew it was coming. But Death finds us all in the end, huh?

message 17: by Clovergirlpat (new)

Clovergirlpat Gosh, Walt! Now I want to read more things that YOU have written. A fabulous review of a fabulous book!

message 18: by Walt (new)

Walt Clovergirlpat wrote: "Gosh, Walt! Now I want to read more things that YOU have written. A fabulous review of a fabulous book!"

Thanks, ClovergirlPAT.

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