Monday, September 11, 2017

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Published September 1, 2005
Summary on Goodreads
So I had picked up this book for my Reading Challenge – read a book about books.  I had originally watched this movie ages ago and absolutely loved it but for some reason, had never picked up the book.  Honestly I was disappointed.  It might be the fact that I had read this book via audiobook so I just couldn’t get into it.  I was confused for majority of it, the narrator didn’t do a good job in differentiating the characters and I was just pretty bored.

The main reason why I was pretty confused for the most part was – actually there were many reasons for this.  First of all, the story is told in third person and is told by someone who was a bystander to the whole situation.  Even though I don’t think it would have changed too much since this someone is pretty much omniscient but it would’ve made things more interesting if it was in the POV of Liesel.  Second of all, the flow of the story was very chaotic.  It wasn’t told in a chronological order so there were a few key back and forths that really lost me.  For example, there was this whole incident with Rudy, Liesel’s best friend, where something happened to him and then a few chapters later, you hear him in the book again and then I was like uhhh what? I thought this had happened to him…how come he’s there now?  It was just very confusing. 

I think the main reason why I enjoyed the movie a lot was because everything ran in a chronological order whereas the book was written really strangely – I can’t even decide if it had too much flashbacks because it didn’t really but it did jump around a lot.  Actually during most of the book, I was actually picturing the scenes from what I had recalled from the movie.  I had watched it when it came out years ago but somehow I can still picture it almost perfectly.  And I only watched it once.  I think that is a testament as to how good the movie was and yet right now I’m struggling to recall a book that I had just finished reading a few days ago.

The relationship between Liesel and her adoptive father was endearing.  Those were pretty much the only scenes where I really enjoyed listening to because it was so cute how they had their own little secrets because they knew how the wife/mother would get.  It was obvious how they close they became and how much they love each other.

However, despite me liking the relationship, at the end of the day, I did not enjoy this book at all.  But I think I want to go watch the movie again.


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