Share Your Story, 2010

What do you think about “The Book Thief”? How did the story affect you? Did you find this book compulsively discussible? Who did you discuss it with?

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13 thoughts on “Share Your Story, 2010

  1. i love the book thief i have read it 3 times and it gets better and better. i wonder if they will ever make a movie?

  2. Thanks for your comment. That is a good question, but I’m not sure if the book has been optioned for a movie yet.

  3. I liked seeing Liesel’s perspective because everything I read about this subject before was from a Jewish person or American soldier’s perspective. It is interesting to see how kids grow up to form opinions and how people can only keep them to themselves so much. Sometimes it is too painful not to be kind! If you like this book, you should read “The Red Scarf Girl” too. It deals with similar issues for a girl coming of age in communist China who is torn between the values of her family and the values she is learning in school and society. This book also reminded me of “Skellig” in a way because I kept thinking that Max was like the weird, magical man who the kids found in the shed. If they do make it a movie, I hope that Jean-Pierre Jeunet directs it and it looks something like “City of the Lost Children”!

  4. This is my all-time favorite book ever. I first read it my freshman year in high school, three years ago, during a very rough time in my life and I absolutely fell in love with it. I loved the style, I LOVED the characters, I loved the story. I’m using part of the first page as my senior quote and making my book club read it this month. I’m super excited for all the activities in this program!

  5. Just wanted to say “The Book Thief” is a wonderful book. I read it when it first came out but it seems to just be getting popular (my sister’s book club picked it too). At first I thought I wouldn’t like it as the narrator is Death, but it was really good.

  6. Read this twice for 2 different book groups. Having death as the narrator was such an interesting idea. And there always seems to be a thread of friendship. I have copy #28 & will pass it on.

  7. Love the story….so much sadness but not sad. Interesting having Death as the narrator. Read book in 2 days…. Scorpio Hair Studio…. book #49

  8. The Book Thief is very meaningful. As a senior citizen, growing up as a small child during WW II the book made me realize that the enemy is not the axis or the allies, but rather very insidiously introduced into your life. The book made me realize that we all must be vigilant in watching for those influences that make us intolerant to fellow mankind.

  9. I really liked the characters of the story, it was a breathless and amazing read.
    The mentality that caused Nazis to classify certain people as outside the status quo and to burn “unacceptable” books still exists. We still have the conservative right insisting on book and media censorship, as well has censorship of television and movies–and, of course, the infamous Banned Book list. A few years ago, I was working as a substitute teacher right here in Sarasota, and I was harassed by the then principal at one of the schools, who said that my book could not be had on campus because it had the banned symbol of a skull and crossbones on it. The book was “A General History of Pyrates (full title: A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pyrates)” written by a Captain Charles Johnson (a pseudonym). I refused to remove the book, but I was still astounded at the disquieting state of the public school system here–including the same school’s habit of yanking all the kids out of class, lining them up in the parking lot for an hour or more, while they went down the row to determine who was “acceptable” in the manner of their dress, and who was not, and those non-conformist youths were subsequently punished by being banned from the school’s society. Some things never change.

  10. Words are so important, so powerful. I liked the fact that the Leisl’s parents were communists, another perspective of the sufferings done at the hands of Nazi Germany. Her foster parents seem to be average people, yet are sympathizers with Jews, Communists, et. al. Gives us hope for humanity. I left #316 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Let’s see who this book will impact next. Bravo Zusack!

  11. My mother-in-law read this and loved it. As a child growing up in Germany herself, she found the story to be quite sad, but very interesting–she could relate to the story.
    Book # 173

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