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Gradschoolgrl posted this thread...
Mar. 7, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Has anyone read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak? I just finished it and thought it was pretty good. A bit heavy and depressing, but do you think it would be a good book for teachers to use with students? Would love to hear what you think! THanks!

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Aug. 25, 2010 at 6:34 pm

I think The Book Theif is one of the best and most well-written books I've ever read. While I was reading it my teacher saw it and said it was their favorite book. It is very deep and depressing, but still very good. I like how it was through the point of view of Death itself. Have you read his other book I Am The Messenger?

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kaykaylabay replied...
Sept. 6, 2010 at 12:59 pm

My bff just told me to read it. She says that it's sorta sad but that i would really like it. I think i'm gonna read it but i have to see if the library in my town has it or not. as soon as i've read it i'll post what i think about it.

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apocalyptigirl replied...
Sept. 16, 2010 at 9:49 pm

YES. I think it's one of those books that'll end up being an age-crossover literary-level classroom-worthy novel. It's really good, though as you said, very sad.

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sicilia replied...
Jan. 19, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Haha, my teacher is actually using this book this sememster!

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Coffee replied...
Jan. 25, 2011 at 5:38 pm

What is it about? Maybe I'lll read it.

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DarkPandaAngel replied...
Mar. 25, 2011 at 7:26 am

I thought that book was great. It was very emotional book. I tried to get my family and friends to read it but they didn't because they thought it was too long. Anyway I thought it was a great book. Did you guess who was the narrator or did you wait until the book was finished before you figured it out? I figured it out about halfway into the book.

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Gradschoolgrl replied...
Mar. 25, 2011 at 8:43 am

Yes, I did figure it out! Pretty clever narrative technique by the author!

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Gradschoolgrl replied...
Mar. 25, 2011 at 8:44 am

It's really good. Hope you get a chance to get your hands on the book to read it!

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Gradschoolgrl replied...
Mar. 25, 2011 at 8:46 am

It's a story set in Germany during the Holocaust, and it follows a young girl who lives a pretty tough life. She teaches herself to read and then falls in love with books. She sees a lot of death and destruction caused by the Nazis and ends up writing her own life story. Really great read.

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BookFreak14 replied...
May 18, 2011 at 11:54 am

I am listing to the audio book right now.... I LOVE it... kinda.... it is really funny... I think that it could be better but over all it is pretty good.

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May 21, 2011 at 10:40 pm

No but I've read I Am The Messenger which I'm pretty sure is by him. I thought it was pretty good.

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iluvnachoThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Jul. 5, 2011 at 9:14 pm

I love the Book thief! Just Markus Zusak in general! He's awesome, man! I've read all of his books.

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IamtheshyStargirlThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Jul. 8, 2011 at 11:39 am

Markus Zusak is such an amazing writer! I'm very inspired by his writing, it's such a unique and beautiful style.

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Destinee replied...
Aug. 23, 2011 at 3:00 am

I HATED THIS BOOK SO MUCH.

 

I'm sorry, but my hatred for it is so passionate. It was one of the worst books I ever had the misfortune to lay my eyes on. Emotional manipulation, propaganda, bad writing, not enough research (it's a H.olocaust book but the town's made up) and just overall stupidity. Hate hate hate. 

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Gradschoolgrl replied...
Aug. 23, 2011 at 6:34 pm

What's I Am the Messenger about?

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Gradschoolgrl replied...
Aug. 23, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Ah, Destinee. I appreciate your honesty here. Just curious, what made you feel like the author was emotionally manipulating you? I know what you mean, I think, by that--I felt like I was being emotionally manipulated when I read A Thousand Splendid Suns (book by author of The Kite Runner). And I'd like to hear your thoughts about propaganda in the book. Propaganda in favor of whom/what?

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Destinee replied...
Aug. 23, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Gradschoolgrl: 

I think we're on the same wavelength here. I hated The Kite Runner too. Emotional manipulation up to wazoo in that book. And propaganda...I guess that doesn't apply that much for The Book Thief. I was actually thinking of The Kite Runner when typing that.

Well, he used the Holocaust to emotionally manipulate the reader. No-one's going to say the Holocaust was a good thing. He didn't set it during the Holocaust cuz it contributed to the story--no, he set it during the Holocaust because it makes everyone sad and causes the reader to pity the protagonist. You know historical fiction is bad when the author makes up the town.

Then there's that whole dumb Death as a narrator. That's not manipulation, that's just gimmicky. Urgh.

The thing about having to steal books was supposed to make the reeader go like, "Awwww, poor girl, she just wants to read. Books are so great. Naz.is are so evil. You're so deep, Markus Zusak. We love you for pointing out how amazing literature is." 

I don't really remember other parts of the book. The people randomly dying at the end (her boyfriend, I think) was more emotional manipulation. Just some tear-jerking moments pushed in to make up for the awful writing and pathetic excuse for a plot. I mean, come on, a *SPOILER* b.omb dropping on the fictitious town? Seriously?

So mainly he pulled at the heartstrings using Na.zism, Hitler, the Holocaust, the wonder that is literature, and tons of death. 

Plus, it was clumsy, forced, gimmicky, badly-written, annoying, and way too long. Argh.

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Destinee replied...
Aug. 23, 2011 at 8:06 pm

(No offence to anyone who liked it. It's just a book that I passionately hate. The Kite Runner, Wicked, The Fountainhead, and The Book Thief are those rant-worthy sorts of novels, you know? :) )

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Aidyl replied...
Aug. 26, 2011 at 7:01 pm

I don't understand how writting a book that's sad means that it's emotionally manipulating. So all books that are set in the time of the Holocaust are emotionally manipulating? They make you feel things?

 

This wasn't my favourite book, but I didn't think it was that bad. I don't think that just because it's set in a historical time, but the town isn't real means that it's not a good book. I just don't follow your train of thought there. 

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