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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
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bookshelves: read-in-2009, historical-fiction, young-adult, death, books-about-books, holocaust
Read in April, 2009 — I own a copy, read count: 1

This is the first book that's made me cry in a long, long time. It's that beautiful.

There are some books that you get so drawn into that you can't put them down--you want to spend every free second there. This one is not like that. It's hard to put down, yes, but I felt a deliberateness in reading that I've never felt before. I could not read it in the car between stop lights, for instance, because I felt it would somehow be unfair to the story; cheapen it. And I didn't want to miss a single word due to distraction or interruption.

Because this is a book all bound up in words, and the power and beauty and love and hatred of them.

A lot of people seem not to like the fact that Death is the narrator of this story, that he tells you things before they happen, that he has a personality and emotions and conflicts within himself. But I love the idea of a Death like this one. I found I cared almost as much about Death as I did about any of the other characters. And to those who were annoyed by characters' deaths being "ruined" by Death ahead of time--do you not ever feel as though your own death haunts your life? I do. Death's way of telling this story made perfect sense to me.

It's kind of a hard book to write about, but I think it was one of the most beautiful books I've ever read. I got it from the library, but it's one that I feel I will have to buy, and that I will read over and over again.

Update: I now own three copies of this, in three different editions. It's apparently one of THOSE books for me.
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