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Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


This is another one of those books that brings to mind why there is chocolate and vanilla.  This book was recommended by a friend and she really enjoyed it.  It is a New York Times best seller.  A young woman deals with death and desperation in Nazi Germany by stealing books.  

I really found this book hard to read.  I thought it was choppy and difficult to follow.   With that said, I look more for entertainment than edification.  Perhaps this book is edifying but it wasn’t for me.  

The protagonist climbs in a window at the Mayor’s house to steal a book.  Perhaps there is symbolism there and I just didn’t get it.  

This book has a lot of great reviews so once again I find myself out of step with the NY Times a bunch of other people because I just didn’t enjoy it.

Body of work of Markus Zusak



2 comments:

jmrinaldo said...

Wow, I could not disagree with you more on your review of The Book Thief. I found it both entertaining and compelling. Just goes to show, huh?

ibpurpledragon said...

I always find it interesting how on rare occasion a book that everyone else seems to love, I can't get into. I suspect it depends on what is going on in my life at that specific time and what my mind may be working on at the time. Don't know for sure but diversity in all things certainly spices up life.
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