The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
3 of 5 stars
This was... ok, I guess? Not a great start for the Reading Rush :(
So first thing about this
book, I've tried to read it two, maybe three times? And I've always struggled to
get into it. When I switched to the audiobook I was able to finish it, but I
have to say that I'm finding myself wondering if I should have taken that as a
sign it wasn't going to be an exceptional book for me.
wanted to love this book but the truth is, it was just okay. I kept waiting to
be struck by all the emotion and revelations that other people apparently had it
but it just didn't happen. Maybe it's because I've read some great books like
Code Name Verity
The Alice Network
and so I just wasn't blown away by this particular book.
didn't connect to the characters as much as I would have liked, other than Max.
Max = <3 Yeah. Unfortunately not enough of that here. It's odd because when I
sit and think about it, I can pinpoint moments in the book that would strike one
as quite moving, and yet I just wasn't really feeling it. I'd been hoping that
listening to the book as an audiobook would help me engage with the book more
but it seems it didn't.
Part of it was due to some things that just
sort of...threw me. Like the way the characters casually insulted and swore at
each other all the time. It made me think of modern day Australia and tbh I
really have no idea if that was common in the 1940's? Maybe it was, I don't
know, but it didn't really do anything for me and didn't add anything to the
story as far as I can tell. And I'm not some prude about swearing, it just got
to be too much after awhile. It made me wonder if to the author this is some
sort of way of expressing affection.
The book also felt way too
long. Like at one point I looked at how much of the book I had left and I found
myself wondering how it could possibly go on that long! Never a good sign when
you think that... To be honest I feel as though a good chunk of the book could
have been cut out in favour of focusing on the actual events of the plot and it
would have been much tighter, would have given the book a sense of urgency and
action, and probably would have been more compelling, too. I think the author
was focusing on the development of the characters and development of the
atmosphere, but when it's not working for you, it ends up feeling like an
Perhaps I'll watch the movie at some point because I feel
as though it might lend itself quite well to that sort of format.
really disappointed that I didn't love this one as much as other people, but
that's just the way it is sometimes, I suppose. Perhaps it's a sign that I need
to take a break from WWII literature for awhile.
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