Friday, September 13, 2013

Book Club Friday-- The Book Thief.

GoodReads Synopsis: It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.  Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

My Thoughts:  I had such high hopes for this book given the rave reviews.  But sadly, I just didn't love it.  The story was really good, although predictably sad given that it took place from 1939 to 1943 Nazi Germany.  But I absolutely hated the way it was written.  Not only was it narrated strangely, but the author also committed one of my biggest pet peeves-- telling me that something bad is going to happen long before it happens.  I don't mind subtle foreshadowing, but when the author directly tells me that one character is going to die but "we'll get to that later," I'm not happy.  And this happened multiple times.  So I spent the whole book stressed out.  I much prefer shocking deaths to actually be shocking, not anxiously awaited.  Also, this book was supposedly a "Young Adult" book, but it was really heavy and long for a YA story...

I know several people who have absolutely loved it, so I suppose that it's worth picking up if you can get over the strange narration, heavy-handed foreshadowing, and sad storyline.  Of course, if you love World War II and Holocaust stories, then I'd say you should definitely read it.

4 comments:

  1. I JUST WROTE A REVIEW ON THIS BOOK!!! I loved it! Just finished it! :) so great! :)

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  2. I agree with you about the foreshadowing. This book did that a lot, and it was annoying. But otherwise, I loved it! I thought it was so interesting, and the narration was weird, but since it was different from anything I'd ever read, I enjoyed it. Good review :)

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  3. I was one of those people who loved/loves this book. I'm excited, but nervous, about the movie.

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  4. I linked up with the one today too! I'm with you that it didn't live up to expectations, but overall I still enjoyed it. I actually liked the foreshadowing. It's not something I would have expected to, but being different from a lot of books I've read part of me liked it. Although it isn't something I want to have normally occur in books I read.

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