Post: The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
Posted by Sean Camoni from Borders Educational Services on 2/19/08
Just a quick review:
by Marcus Zusak
The tale of a young girl struggling to survive in Nazi
Germany during WWII. I know what you're thinking - sounds
familiar, right? Nope. You've never read anything like
it. The girl isn't Jewish, but she is a thief. And the
narrator is Death. He and the girl have crossed paths a
few times, and unlike millions of other souls, she has
made an impression on him.
Until you sit and swim in its poetic language, its vivid
characters, and visceral tragedy, you won't understand the
power of the Book Thief. As a bookseller, I've been
recommending this book to every teacher I talk to, to my
coworkers, and my family and friends. Markus Zusak uses
language physically; dozens of times I felt punched in the
stomach by a jab of a phrase. Over the last twenty or
thirty pages, I held my breath, I cried for an hour, and I
had to tell my wife not to talk to me until I finished. I
have never read a story about war and love and life and
death that has broken my heart so completely with its
poetry and truth. Congratulations to Markus Zusak on
creating a novel that really should be around forever.
PS- While this is being marketed as a young adult book
(and I think high-schoolers should read this) adults will
not be disappointed. I would not give it to a child
younger than high-school age because of some PG-13
language and the difficulty level. This is heady stuff,
beautifully wrought, but not simple.
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The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak, 2/19/08, by Sean Camoni from Borders Educational Services. Re: The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak, 3/01/08, by Bobbi. Re: The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak, 3/03/08, by Sean Camoni from Borders Educator Services.