Thursday, August 26, 2010

Bookclub ~The Book Thief~


The food at this book club was amazing, brownies and these delicious cookies that were mars bar and M & M flavored. I left in a sugar haze they were amazing. This month we read "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak and only two of us actually finished it which surprised me as I thought it was quite easy reading, possibly too easy. For a quick run down the Book Thief is narrated by death and follows the story of a young girl named Liesel who is living with her foster family in Nazi Germany.

The author made quite a simple story, interesting enough to keep me reading for the 400 odd pages which is not an easy task. I also enjoyed that it looked at Nazi Germany through the eyes of everyday citizens rather then from a Jewish or Nazi point of view. This offered a different point of view from other books that are written about this era. The characters were well formed and the more I read the more attactched I got to them.

Whilst the authors unique writing style did manage to keep me interested in what I feel is quite a simple storyline, i did feel myself yearning for a little complexity. And the end of the book didnt give me as much closure as I would have liked. When I first picked up the book I loved the idea of death as the narrator but I feel like more could have been done with it. Overall though I did enjoy the book, it was an easy read and something I was easily able to keep going back to. Have you read it? What did you like, dislike about it?

This months book is The Lovely Bones which I am not overally excited about after seeing the movie but hopefully the book is better.

9 comments:

  1. i listened to the book thief while driving to and from work a few months back and loved it as an audio book! there were days that i would sit in the car for a few extra minutes just to hear a bit more.i agree, the ending was disappointing.

    i loved reading lovely bones, even though it was a bit morbid, but did not like the movie at all. i hope you enjoy the book and can get past the movie!

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  2. I agree Book Thief could have been more complex, but at the same time it is a young adult book and I still loved it.

    The lovely bones movie is terrible, but I did enjoy the book when I read it. granted it was a book we read in my highschool english class, which influences any book you read. But hopefully it surprises you.

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  3. I still yet need to read this :)

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  4. The lovely bones book is much better than the movie. I hope you enjoy it :)

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  5. i really liked it but i thought that the ending couldve been improved and also a little more complexity.. for quite s simple story its very long xx

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  6. I haven't seen the movie, but I thought The Lovely Bones book was very moving. I read a review that said the movie focused too much on the father, and that's not what the book does at all. I can't wait to hear what you think!

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  7. I've always thought it would be so fun to be part of a book club. Do you enjoy it?
    I think you'll enjoy the Lovely Bones more than the movie. I haven't seen it, but it looks like a letdown to me.

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  8. I haven't read this book yet but I definitely plan too. I still want to try it out.

    As for the Lovely Bones I liked it. I haven't seen the movie yet so I'm just going by the book.

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  9. I thought "The Lovely Bones" (the book) was MUCH better than the movie - but I also thought that the movie had the daunting task of re-creating some horrific scenes and I thought they did so tastefully...

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