This is possibly one of the most magical books I've ever read. The author's unusual use of language and choice of narrator makes this one of the mostThis is possibly one of the most magical books I've ever read. The author's unusual use of language and choice of narrator makes this one of the most unique also. The Book Thief is is a beautiful story of love, friendship, loss, simple happiness, family, terrible grief & the triumph of the human spirit. ...more
I did enjoy this book, it was well written in terms of the story, but I did find it very difficult in the end to like any of the characters. Life is nI did enjoy this book, it was well written in terms of the story, but I did find it very difficult in the end to like any of the characters. Life is not straight forward, yes, but the way these characters treat each other is very cruel. And there is no real ending either. It was very up in the air & I'm left feeling disappointed. ...more
This is possibly the best of Jodi Picoult's books that I have ever read, & quite possibly one of my favourite books ever. Picoult's writing is soThis is possibly the best of Jodi Picoult's books that I have ever read, & quite possibly one of my favourite books ever. Picoult's writing is so simply honest & human that it is often poetic. Issues are never over-intellectualised…she simply tells the truth of the human experience, of life.
So many strong themes & questions are covered in this book. It is not just about the atrocity that was the Holocaust. It is so much more.
The book discusses the technicalities of responsibility, were the German's involved in these terrible events simply evil? Were they only following orders? Did their social & familial upbringing make them what they were?
Then we tackle the issue of grief. Every one is different in their experiences. Picoult raises the question: Who are we to judge what is the right, wrong or appropriate way to grieve? She also discusses the many different types of grief. Grief for the loss if a loved one, grief for the loss of your childhood, grief for your own guilt, and grief for the type of person these things have made of you.
The final theme I will mention is that of forgiveness. In this book the question is asked: who has the right to forgive? Is it right to forgive someone something as horrific as the Holocaust? What is forgiveness & who is it really for?
You will see that I have framed much of this review as questions. That is the thing that I think Jodi Picoult has such an incredible talent for. Picoult will always raise the questions, but the answers are never given…they are yours to find. As an actor & director, & a great lover of literature, I have always thought that this is what good art is about. It holds a mirror up to society, it reflects the brutal truth no matter how ugly or beautiful & it makes us question what it is to be a human being. ...more