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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
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Oct 15, 11

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Read from September 29 to October 14, 2011

I almost don’t know where to begin with this one. When I picked up the book, I knew nothing about it or the setting. It’s about a girl whose father teaches her to read…or so I thought. I was so wrong.

Death narrates this tale of a young girl’s life in Nazi Germany with both a sense of humor and surprisingly much compassion as well. And it is no easy tale to tell. There is unspeakable cruelty alongside unimaginable beauty. We see the worst and best that humanity has to offer…sometimes in unexpected places…and we are reminded of just who we are and what we are capable of…the good and the bad.

The authors writing took a little getting used to but the imagery in his text is amazing. Each scene evoking a full range of the senses. And despite the foreshadowing (I knew what to expect) I still found myself sobbing through the last few pages.

Although marketed as Young Adult…I have no reservations about recommending this to Adults as well. In short…Read this book.
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10/07/2011 page 175
32.0% "This book is not at all what I expected...wait...what did I expect?"
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