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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
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Mar 07, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, book-group-books
Read in January, 2010

This book wasn't quite what I expected, but I liked it. It's not so much about the actual stealing of the books,as the relationships the book thief has with the people in her life. I did like the narration, I think -- the point of view was a bit unusual, and all through the book, I couldn't decide whether I liked it or not. I loved how the resilience of the human spirit comes shining through. There are a lot of books about Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, but I've never read one quite like this.
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message 1: by Sandy (new)

Sandy Straubhaar I loved this book. I liked the point-of-view character, and also "Jesse Owens" (I forget his real name) and the basement guy (sadly, I forget his name too).
Memorable sequences: The apple-stealing gang; the final talk between the book thief and the library owner.
SEMI-SPOILER: The surprise reunion scene at the end was AMAZING. I cried.
Note: Terry Pratchett does the same thing with Death, in a number of his books. I'm 99 % sure the two authors don't know about each other.


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