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Most Helpful Favorable Review

233 out of 257 people found this review helpful.

Great Book! The Book Thief Steals Your Attention and Keeps It!

This is probably one of the most unique books I've read in like¿forever!

The story is narrated by Death and centers around the events of Nazi Germany in the 1940's.

I rarely give a book five stars. In that same token, I try to steer away from reco...
This is probably one of the most unique books I've read in like¿forever!

The story is narrated by Death and centers around the events of Nazi Germany in the 1940's.

I rarely give a book five stars. In that same token, I try to steer away from recommending books that have a morose tone, but this is a true exception. As much as you hope for, long for, and pray for a happy event to occur, you need to keep reminding yourself that the story is being told by Death, so chances of that happening are slim-to-none.

The main character of the story, Liesel Meminger, captured my heart. I loved the way the author, Markus Zusak, developed Liesel's character throughout the story and by a slight-of-hand, he added a side kick to the story, Rudy, who out of no where comes be one of the favored characters of the story. Great technique Zusak!

The premise of the story is unique and captivating. The narrator, Death, is much like Liesel where he/she has a way with words. Both of them recognize words for what they really are¿they can be used to stimulate good or evil. Through the power of words, we see how Hitler was able to control a country and persecute people.

Great book, awesome character development, insightful recount of Nazi Germany, and a life-long lesson¿what else can you ask for in a book?

posted by AvidBookworm on January 8, 2009

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40 out of 45 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Did not live up to the hype

    I thought that if this book was becoming a movie, it must be great. Well, i was wrong. The story started off so slow and it was hard to understand. It just dragged on with the same boring details and people. I do not understand why anyone could call this book entertaining. I saw the trailer for the movie after i read the book, and the movie looks much better. Dissapointed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    5 stars Highley recommend it

    One of the most uniquely constructed books I have ever read. The choice of narrator is inspired. I am an English major and attorney and have read thousands of books and treatises and this book is special. The character development and interractions are well done and not overdone. But the message in the book is the power of words and how they can recreate reality--people, cultures, countries. In general, I would describe it as superb--to read and to reread.

    This book would appeal to a thoughtful person who reads to explore new perspectives and depths of human behavior, history--life.

    I do not seek out future books based on the author's previous writings. This book speaks for itself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    Okay

    I read the book and it was very slow until the last 50 pages and then it picked up a little bit but not much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2013

    I began reading this book with an open mind but it really disapp

    I began reading this book with an open mind but it really disappointed me I expected much more and it did not  live up to my full expectation overall it was ok 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    What ever

    This book sucked the first part was good but then it got so boring i did not even finish it.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2012

    Recommend

    I enjoyed what I could read. The book got stuck on page 47 and wouldn't advance further. After three weeks of waiting for it to be fixed, I asked that my money be refunded than the book be returned.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    A good read for teens!

    This book was recommended to me by an adult, so I did not do my homework, did not realize that it was a work recommended for young adults. A good read for the younger generation, not so for adults!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    Mundane even with good characters

    Maybe I've had more than enough reading on WWII, but I felt as if the author was trying to hide his poor choice of subject by using death as a narrator, trying an experlmental point of view towards the events that were taking place. Death told all of the events beforehand, and personallh for me those notifications instead of fostering my interest just killed it. However the only thing that I really liked throughout the book was the characters which were amazingly interesting. With a differeng narrator, and less unnecessary talk, this book could have been a good read for me.

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  • Posted April 9, 2011

    Couldn't Finish

    I don't know how this book got such great reviews. I "plodded" through 200 pages and just did not enjoy any of it. Didn't finish and never plan to.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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