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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
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bookshelves: ya-historical, printz, book-discussion
Read in June, 2008, read count: 2

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Carol Hi, Jill, I have been looking at this book on the lending library shelves at Curves. Let me know how you like it. Aunt Carol


Jill OK, Aunt Carol, I have just finished The Book Thief. Here are my thoughts: The book starts out slowly because you have to adjust to the writing style. Zusak uses fragmented sentences, short episodic chapters, and lots of metaphors. It's an interesting style, but it was difficult to get into and by the end it felt too "artsy" for me. However, I did enjoy the characters and the setting of Nazi Germany. Death as the narrator also adds an interesting aspect to the book. The story is really long, though, and I kept finding myself just wanting to finish, not because I really wanted to know what happened but more because I wanted to be done and move on to something else. It's not a bad book; I think there are a lot of good themes, and I can see why it's won many awards. It would be a good book to include in a high-school literature class or in a WWII unit.

I think you should try it when you get a chance, especially since Jamie, Jane, and Jess all seemed to like it better than I did. I'm interested to know what you would think.


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