I just finished reading Markus Zusak's The Book Thief. It's incredible. Fabulous, unusual, luminous with rare insight. It somehow ended up classified in the Children's section of Amazon, but this is one of those unique books that transcends ages.
I'm highly critical of writing. I find the majority of books to be either a waste of time or mediocre at best (so sue me). Happily, though, there's a healthy minority of value, and then there are a handful of gems hidden in the wasteland. The Book Thief is up there with the Solomonic rubies.
Please read this book. I'm off to buy multiple copies to give away.
I was probably just caught off-guard by Amazon's (occasionally) non-sensical classification system. Definitely not a book for younger kids, but certainly suitable for older ones. Anyway, I'm so pleased I found this book... Glad you all enjoyed it!
Based on the postings in this thread, I went to product page to investigate this book and found that I had bought this book back in 2010 and returned it for a refund. Absolutely no idea why, since I didn't review it.
I read this last year and my impressions were: (1) some words/verbs are "modernized" and though they call my attention (generating a "huh?"), the style does not take away from the story; (2) book layout was strange - I thought it was specific to the ebook version but found out it's the same in the printed version; (3) Zusak is a good storyteller - especially in the war scenes; (4) the writing style grew on me although I found it odd at the start. It was a good read and I recommended it to friends. It is hard for me to give a book an "amazing, mind-blowing, crazy-good" review - but then again those adjectives are used relative to other books that one has read, so that description is still legitimate.
I thought it was a good story though it took me some time to like the author's style. It was a good read-- sure didn't find it, "amazing, mind-blowing, fabulous, luminous, crazy-good read, etc"... but we all have our opinions.
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