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4.0 out of 5 stars Different, entertaining and heart breaking, February 16, 2006
This review is from: The Book Thief (Library Binding)
This is a story told by Death. An interesting point of view perhaps, but as it is set in Germany during World War II, perhaps it is entirely appropriate. It is also a story of a young girl, who in spite of having a life that no one would wish on anyone, still manages to have glimpses of pleasure through many small things, including the few books that she manages to acquire (or shall we say, steal).

It is interesting to see that it appears to be targeted to young adult readers - please don't be put off by this - it is very much an adult story about children who are doing their best to live a normal life in times of unspeakable horror. It would also be a good way to introduce more mature readers to the history of the times. But be warned, it is quite confrontational at times, and considering who the narrator is, very sad.

To add extra punch to the story, it appears that it is the true story of the author's grandmother. When you consider this, you realise how truly resilient we humans are, and how occasionally, and with a bit of luck, we can hold off death for a time.
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Initial post: Aug 23, 2007 9:41:03 AM PDT
This is not a true story, but several scenes are based on true stories from the author's relatives, as far as I can tell.

Posted on Jul 12, 2008 8:32:41 PM PDT
[Deleted by the author on Jul 17, 2008 10:27:38 PM PDT]

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 6, 2010 6:19:43 PM PDT
how can you tell?

Posted on Oct 21, 2010 9:35:58 PM PDT
Bookgirl says:
The book was originally published in Australia as an adult novel. U.S. publishers targeted YA readers.

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 3:42:52 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2010 3:53:35 PM PST
Lesley West says:
Thanks for your comment Hattie - but what have I mis-spelled? I have run spell check as you suggest, and it has not identified any errors.

Posted on Dec 30, 2010 11:34:50 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 30, 2010 11:37:44 PM PST
Cherrybomb says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2011 12:46:30 AM PST
Lesley West says:
Thanks for this Cherrybomb - they weren't picked up by my spellchecker, but I've changed them anyway. As for realise and realize, I am an Australian, and we use British English, which does not use the z as Americans do, so I've left that as is. Thanks again!

Posted on Apr 4, 2011 6:16:23 AM PDT
Your responses are very classy and mature. Plus I enjoyed your review. But I'm not sure if I want to read the book. I want something gripping, that will keep me at the edge of my seat. Do you believe this book meets that criteria?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 4, 2011 3:37:42 PM PDT
Lesley West says:
It is not really a book of this nature - after all we all know how World War II ends, and the edginess comes from the uncertainty of survival for the characters. It is a lovely book though, and one I recommend.
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