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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
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it was amazing
bookshelves: ya, historical-fiction, family, war, coming-of-age

4.5 stars. I'm still sorting out what I thought about this book. Powerful, poignant, horrifying, strange, and even silly in places.

In the beginning, it was a little like reading Shakespearean English: the words at the beginning of each section, the time jumps, the sense of mystery/confusion about the narrator, all felt disorienting and hard to grasp, and then, suddenly, there was a click! and it made sense, fell into a rhythm, and I couldn't put it down.

It's not even clear until the middle of the novel why the narrator is calling Liesel "the book thief." but then it becomes clear. The graphic novel sections were a surprise, but oddly, they fit.

I felt the ending was a bit weak, and wrapped up too hastily and incompletely. Overall though, extremely powerful, moving, and well worth the read.
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Reading Progress

June 15, 2013 – Shelved
October 27, 2013 – Started Reading
October 29, 2013 – Finished Reading

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