The Book Thief

Discuss the December 2013 book of the month, "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak
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Post by Joyce P » 28 Dec 2013, 23:23

I am about 2/3 through this book. It's an interesting idea to have the book written from the point of death. Anyone have any thoughts on this one?

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Post by gali » 29 Dec 2013, 05:32

I have read the book and like it. I found the story and the POV unique. A brilliant book!

The narrator tells us a less known another side of the Nazi Germany, the side of the little people who are trying to survive in the shadow of war and Nazi atrocities and suffering from poverty and deprivation. One can't not to but sympathize with Liesel and her friends, but at least their weren't victims to the Nazi's greased murder machine. Suffice to say I felt more for the Jewish victims which all of a sudden their world fell apart. The narrator mentions the death marches (Auschwitz and such) and even he is shocked about that. Death notes at the end of the book that he always understates the human race (and with a good reason it seems) and concludes: "I am haunted by humans".

Something to think about: Indeed it wasn't easy to live in Germany during the holocaust era, but it was much worse for the Jew and the other victims.
In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you." (Mortimer J. Adler)

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Post by Fran » 29 Dec 2013, 07:46

We fade away, but vivid in our eyes
A world is born again that never dies.
- My Home by Clive James

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