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Book 1 March: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Postby arty_gal » Sat Feb 23, 2008 4:58 pm

This book recieved a total of four votes. You may discuss it here.

Synopsis by IHDRENIEL wrote:Book Name: The Book Thief
Author Name: Mark Zusak

Brief Summary: From amazon.com: Zusak has created a work that deserves the attention of sophisticated teen and adult readers. Death himself narrates the World War II-era story of Liesel Meminger from the time she is taken, at age nine, to live in Molching, Germany, with a foster family in a working-class neighborhood of tough kids, acid-tongued mothers, and loving fathers who earn their living by the work of their hands. The child arrives having just stolen her first book–although she has not yet learned how to read–and her foster father uses it, The Gravediggers Handbook, to lull her to sleep when shes roused by regular nightmares about her younger brothers death. Across the ensuing years of the late 1930s and into the 1940s, Liesel collects more stolen books as well as a peculiar set of friends: the boy Rudy, the Jewish refugee Max, the mayors reclusive wife (who has a whole library from which she allows Liesel to steal), and especially her foster parents. Zusak not only creates a mesmerizing and original story but also writes with poetic syntax, causing readers to deliberate over phrases and lines, even as the action impels them forward. Death is not a sentimental storyteller, but he does attend to an array of satisfying details, giving Liesels story all the nuances of chance, folly, and fulfilled expectation that it deserves.

Why you liked it/would recommend it: Both the story and the writing really are amazing- also, this is the type of book that is likely to generate a lot of discussion. Despite the subject matter, I wouldn't at all call it depressing or 'controversial'.


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Re: Book 1 March: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Postby Carmis » Sat Feb 23, 2008 8:56 pm

Ehmm sorry to ask but will these threads be closed at the end of February or do we have the whole March for it? :huh2:
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Re: Book 1 March: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Postby Ihdreniel » Sat Feb 23, 2008 9:58 pm

They're March's books- hence the thread titles, 'Book [Number] March'. ;)
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Re: Book 1 March: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Postby Carmis » Sun Feb 24, 2008 5:08 pm

Rofl. Sometimes I'm just so ... :laughing:
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Re: Book 1 March: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Postby Ihdreniel » Mon Feb 25, 2008 7:31 pm

^ No problem. :)

I heartz this book. I'm about seventy or so pages in right now, but I've read it before, so... the writing is brilliant. Seriously, I was earmarking passages to post here, but I ended up giving up because there were just so many, and I didn't want to completely clog up the thread. Choosing Death as the narrator was an ingenious choice- I love the personality Zusak gives him, and all the little comments he'll make. (On human's idea of the Grim Reaper: "I like the scythe. It amuses me.")
I am also a Rudy fangirl.
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Re: Book 1 March: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Postby Vegito » Fri Feb 29, 2008 9:10 pm

This book looks really good,I'm going to ask my mum if I can buy it off Amazon! :laughing:

Thanks for the suggestion!

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Re: Book 1 March: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Postby Skater Girl » Thu Mar 06, 2008 3:33 pm

OMGTHEBOOKTHIEFYAYAYAYAY

YAY :D


Ihdreniel wrote:^ No problem. :)

I heartz this book. I'm about seventy or so pages in right now, but I've read it before, so... the writing is brilliant. Seriously, I was earmarking passages to post here, but I ended up giving up because there were just so many, and I didn't want to completely clog up the thread. Choosing Death as the narrator was an ingenious choice- I love the personality Zusak gives him, and all the little comments he'll make. (On human's idea of the Grim Reaper: "I like the scythe. It amuses me.")
I am also a Rudy fangirl.


Love the little cuts by Death too. It makes the book even better, as a whole.

I loved how the book was divided into bits and pieces. It was divided into ten parts, and divided into little segments, some long and interesting, some short and sweet. Zusak also does some very good descriptions and metaphors.

PS Iddy--Rudy *is* awesome! Some very funny lines. :D
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Re: Book 1 March: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Postby Ihdreniel » Mon Mar 17, 2008 3:00 am

I knowwwww- his metaphors are brilliant. He's one of the best authors I've ever read in that regard.

Skater Girl wrote:PS Iddy--Rudy *is* awesome! Some very funny lines. :D

Yep, definitely- especially with the whole Jesse Owens obsession. I'd love to do something like that. He and Max are my favorite characters.
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Re: Book 1 March: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Postby softballislife » Sat Apr 05, 2008 11:48 pm

I love that book :loveeyes: I love the whole standover man thing. Its really cool that death is the narorator (bad spelling)
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Re: Book 1 March: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Postby Ihdreniel » Sun Apr 06, 2008 7:49 pm

My absolute favorite part of the book is when

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Liesel finally sees Max being taken to Dachau with all the other Jews, and she goes up to him and starts walking with him. And then she's beaten away. And then Rudy comforts her. The entire thing is just so sad and beautifully written and full of LOVE... ack, I am so obsessed with this book. XD


But yeah. That's definitely one of my favorite scenes in any book ever.
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Re: Book 1 March: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Postby BkkprGirl » Mon Sep 08, 2008 12:15 am

>Gasps<

I love this book. (I love everything Markus Zusak writes but that's beside the point) It's so poetic and tragic and haunting.... And at the same time strangely uplifting. It's the only book that's ever made me truly sob for like, ten minutes. Brilliant.

My favorite part is The Word Shaker. It's such a profound way of telling people about the Holocaust. Consider the first few lines "There was once a man called the Furher. He decided three things about his life. He would never fire a gun. He would make himself a small, strange mustache, and he would one day rule the world."

Amazing!

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Re: Book 1 March: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Postby Major Trouble » Mon Sep 08, 2008 11:51 pm

Ihdreniel wrote:(On human's idea of the Grim Reaper: "I like the scythe. It amuses me.")


xD That was my favorite line! (And the only one I remember...) I lent my principal the book last year- I never got it back xD But my mom works at the school, so I keep asking her to talk to the principal about it. I want to re-read it!

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Re: Book 1 March: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Postby evil pixie » Tue Oct 14, 2008 9:51 pm

I'm reading it right now and its probably not my reading level 'cause its kinda hard to understand what's going on. But I'm half way through and it's really good. It's real (if you know what I mean)
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Re: Book 1 March: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Postby Major Trouble » Tue Oct 14, 2008 9:57 pm

When I'm done re-reading the HP series, I'm gonna read this again- I really can't wait to. It's such a good story, and it's pretty touching, too.

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Re: Book 1 March: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Postby Hot_N_Spicy » Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:57 pm

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