*The Book Thief

by Markus Zusak | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0375831002 Global Overview for this book
Registered by myrtillus of Pori, Satakunta Finland on 4/22/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by myrtillus from Pori, Satakunta Finland on Sunday, April 22, 2007
Vaikuttaa mielenkiintoiselta.

Journal Entry 2 by myrtillus from Pori, Satakunta Finland on Thursday, May 10, 2007
Nazi Germany during the WW II.

The story begins, when Liesel Meminger’s little brother dies in a train, when they (Liesel, Werner and their mother) are traveling to meet the children’s new foster family in a small town called Molching in Germany. That’s the first time Liesel meets Death, caring Death, more human than humans, the narrator of this story. By her brother’s graveside, Liesel’s life is changed when she picks up The Gravedigger’s Handbook. It’s her first act of book thievery.

I enjoyd this book! The characters were so wonderful: The kind hearted “Papa” Hans, the tart tongued “Mama” Rose, the lemon haired Rudy (Liesel’s “boyfriend”), Max, a jewish fist-fighter, the mayor’s wife, who allowed Lisel to first read and later steal her books and The Book Thief herself Liesel. I enjoyded Zusak’s poetic, humourous, non-linear storytelling. The Book Thief is so well-written. It’s touching.



Natsi-Saksa 2. mailmansodan aikana.

Tarina alkaa siitä, kun Liesel Meminger menettää pikkuveljensä, heidän (Liesel, Werner ja äiti) ollessaan matkalla tapaamaan lasten uusia kasvatusvanhempia Molching nimiseen pieneen kaupunkiin Saksassa. Tuolloin Liesel kohtaa ensimmäisen kerran Kuoleman, huolehtivan Kuoleman, Kuoleman - tämän tarinan kertojan, joka on inhimillisempi kuin ihmiset. Veljensä haudalla Lieselin maailma muuttuu hänen löytäessään maasta Haudankaivajan Käsikirjan. Se on ensimmäinen näytös hänen kirjavarkaan urallaan.

Kirja on todella hyvä! Pidin paljon kirjan hahmoista: mm. hyväsydämisestä ”Isästä” Hansista, kärkeväkielisestä ”Äidistä” Rosesta, Rudysta (joka oli ns. Lieselin poikaystävä), Maxista, juutalaisesta nyrkkeilijästä, pormestarin vaimosta, joka antoi Lieselin lukea kirjastonsa kirjoja ja myöhemmin varastaa niitä ja itse kirjavarkaasta Lieselistä. Pidin kirjailijan käyttämästä runollisesta, humoristisesta (sitä kirjasta löytyy vakavasta aiheesta huolimatta) ja ei niin suoralinjaisesta kerrontatavasta. Suosittelen!!!!





Journal Entry 3 by myrtillus from Pori, Satakunta Finland on Monday, June 04, 2007
Lähetän kirjan kirjaviestinä ruzenalle. Lukunautintoja!

Journal Entry 4 by wingruzenawing from Vantaa, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Oh my, this is a Book! Looks very interesting. Might stay by me some time. Please, onniManni, keep an eye on my bookshelf to see if you are interested in some AVL book of mine (now or later), and just let me know. I should like to thank you somehow :)

Journal Entry 5 by wingruzenawing from Vantaa, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Saturday, January 16, 2010
Published 2006 by Alfred A Knopf. Hardcover 550 pages.

Thanks for tears, myrtillus! And excuse me for hatching the book this long.

Myrtillus already made a fine summary of the book. It is a developmental novel, the protagonist being Liesel, a girl in her early teens. The story is set in a small town in Germany at the Nazi time. The first-person narrator is Death itself, but most of the text can be read as if told by a third-person narrator.

Myrtillus says, "I enjoyed Zusak’s poetic, humorous, non-linear storytelling. The Book Thief is so well-written." Tastes differ. For me, the text was a bit problematic. I often found it repetitious, artificial and naïve. Not until the middle of the book I was accustomed to the style and accepted it as the peculiar voice of this writer. I was surprised that, for me, this text – simple and repeating and put in small units and lots of spacing – was harder to follow than some compact text consisting of complex sentences. Here my thoughts were often wandering away, until I reached the latter half of the book where the events started to keep me sharp.

I have read a lot of novels that somehow glance at the Nazi time. Here the subject is a bit simplified and black-and-white. Yet it is in the line of the style. Not either is Zusak’s Death any deathly serious character. Again it is in the line. I think Zusak succeeded to walk the tightrope: he has written a bestseller that is a pretty good novel too. In fact, this is excellent YA literature, yet worth reading for anyone. Absolutely.

-ruzena

Journal Entry 6 by wingruzenawing at Messu- ja urheilukeskus in Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Saturday, February 13, 2010

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