The Book Thief

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Jinx

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Tony's latest entry in the Times game reminded me of this book.
The Book Thief is written by Austrailian Markus Zusak, whose mother grew up in the area of wartime Germany where the story is set. I was mainly attracted to this book by the novel idea, it was narrated by Death.

It's a really great read for all ages (except maybe REALLY young children).

Has anyone else read it?
 

Tonyblack

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I have! :laugh:

Last time I was in Tucson it was the book for discussion at the library discussion group. Sharlene wasn't up to going after her surgery so I read the book and went instead.

It really is a marvellous book that I would highly recommend. It's one of those books that has you laughing out loud one minute and shedding a tear the next - there are some very funny bits in there.

It was generally very well received by the group and just about everyone agreed it was an excellent book. :laugh:
 

Nienna

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I've read this! I love love love love LOVVVVEEE this book! It's literally one of my favourite pieces of modern literature ever. I don't know why I was just absolutely fascinated by it. It might have had something to do with my complete ignorance of world war history - any history really, so it surprised me a lot. I also loved the idea of words being so important. I read a lot a write a bit, so communication by language means a lot to me.
 

Dotsie

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I'm glad it's so good, I have to read it sometime this year for my reading group :)
 

ColinEdwards

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We've just got our Book Thief back from doing the rounds of family and friends who have all loved it and recommended it.

What a gem!

Now I can re-read it all over again :)
 
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Read it last year. Fantastic book. I recommend it to everyone. I was attracted to the cover - death dancing with a little girl - and then I read the blurb on the back and I had to buy it. Death narrating the story was a fantastically good idea - but I have to say the story made me cry in places. Wonderfully written. :laugh:
 

Albert_Spangler

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I absolutely love this book, a real emotional rollercoaster. Incidentally, has anyone read Fighting Ruben Wolfe also by Markus Zusak?
 

Tonyblack

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Is it any good? I'm wondering if he's just a one-book writer or if he can write more gems like The Book Thief. :laugh:
 

Albert_Spangler

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I have just bought so I guess I will find out. You will all be the first to know
 

Dotsie

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Everyone liked it at my reading group except one woman, who thought it was too twee. Well, it is a bit. You can't please everyone!
 

Dotsie

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You're a card! :laugh:
 

Albert_Spangler

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Just read Fighting Ruben Wolfe and it is indeed very good. It is different to the Book Thief, but still shows that Zusak is a good writer. The relationship between the family members is the main point to be discussed in this book. I would definately say try it. It is a story about fighting, but it is worth a look!
 

Dotsie

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Funnily enough, it's the topic of my reading group tonight
 

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