**spoiler alert** This is possibly one of the best books I have ever read. It is so beautifully written, and the way Zusak portrays death is quite tra**spoiler alert** This is possibly one of the best books I have ever read. It is so beautifully written, and the way Zusak portrays death is quite tragic, yet eye-opening.
It almost seems like the narrator, who is death himself, is human throughout the story as he expresses a constant fascination with the book thief and those close to her in her life. One part that really stuck with me was death's conclusion of the story where he states that he is "haunted by humans." To me, it seems as though he cannot help but be captivated with the unique stories of survival, love and tragedy since he is constantly surrounded by humans in the aftermath of destruction and death.
There is no doubt that this book will definitely be one of those stories that lingers in my mind long after it has ended....more
This book was amazing in a really tragically heart-breaking and beautiful way. I can't even describe what it is about the book that is so enchanting,This book was amazing in a really tragically heart-breaking and beautiful way. I can't even describe what it is about the book that is so enchanting, but Thomas just has a way with words. His narrative voice is so personal that you feel as though he is speaking directly to you and only you. The first and last chapters are so haunting because you don't realise the foreshadowing of the first chapter until you have read the book in its entirety, and then you are left in a state of realisation at the end at what you have just read and how circular it is. I've included some memorable quotes from the book that really resonated with me:
* "Because words are forever. Even if you kill the person who writes them, words are forever. Even if you disagree with them and spend the rest of your days arguing against what was said, what was said, was still said. A riot only lasts as long as it takes for a fire to burn itself out."
* "But life isn't something that should be edited. Life shouldn't be cut. The only way you'll ever discover what it truly means to be alive and human is by sharing the full experience of what it means to be human and each blemish and freckle that comes with it."
* "We are products of a maker who does not tell us what we are supposed to be. He does not include an instruction manual. We must guess at the need in the world that we fulfill, and then do our best to fulfill it, trusting that we are doing the right thing without ever knowing beyond a sense of purpose in our gut, that we are doing the right thing."
* "The feeling of being happy. It doesn't happen often but when it does, you must grab it with both hands and hold it close. Let it overwhelm you. Don't over-analyse any emotion. But remember it. Always remember it."
* "I said never apologise for how you feel. No one can control how they feel. The sun doesn't apologise for being the sun. The rain doesn't say sorry for falling. Feelings just are."
* "Now you know the truth about me. You are holding the last of me. Your eyes reading these words are the only things that keep me existing. When you stop reading, Jon stops existing. I stop existing. You make me real. You make me real. You make me real. Please make me real."
* "All this is just a story. We are so real somewhere else."
* "You have read this all before and you will again. You have read this before. This is what happens, when I fall."
* "You will become whatever you want to become."
The above quotes only reinforce the talent of this incredible author, and the poetic power of his words. A truly amazing read....more
"We are only what we know, and I wished to be much more than I was, sorely." (p.208)
This is my favourite quote from the book, as it really sums up not"We are only what we know, and I wished to be much more than I was, sorely." (p.208)
This is my favourite quote from the book, as it really sums up not only my desire to be something more than I am, but that of humanity's. We are always seeking more, yet are bound by the biological constraints of being human. It is the way that life is. We constantly strive for something that we are never sure that we will get. It greatly reflects the desire, which can be unfulfilled, to push the boundaries of being human because we constantly want to be more, see more, know more and do more.
I didn't really understand the concept of having different stories within the book that sometimes had no connection to the stories surrounding them, but I think that is why I liked Mitchell's work. It is not about understanding how humanity throughout history is connected. It is more about realising that your life is not just yours. It is hundreds of thousands of generations converging to make that moment in time happen. It is many lives from the past and many lives from the future influencing the choices that you make. Your life may be only one of many, but it is a life that is worth living....more