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5.0 out of 5 stars The most amazing book I have read this year!, 19 Jun. 2007
This review is from: The Book Thief (Hardcover)
I finished The Book Thief last night, having not been able to put it down for the last ten days, and haven't read a book that made me cry this much since The Kite Runner. It is a truly amazing tale set in Nazi Germany, and rather strangely but very successfully narrated by Death.

Desipite the horrors of the second world war, the novel deals with every day events in the lives of the inhabitants of a small German town, and you really feel you are living through things with them, following their personal journeys, enjoying the quirkiness of their characters and desperately wanting to know what the future holds for them.

The book is incredibly touching at points, and as a result, you become involved with each and every character, particularly that of Liesel, The Book Thief.

This is a truly, truly wonderful story. I can't recommend it enough.
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Initial post: 8 Aug 2009 20:47:59 BDT
The story and the characters make the book worth reading but the potential power of the book was diminished by the poor writing - the style was very contrived and pretentious. I felt very irritated by it.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Sep 2009 20:41:36 BDT
Metal Mike says:
The style is contrived but brilliantly so and certainly not pretensious. One of the best books I've ever read.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Feb 2014 22:33:27 GMT
Bookworm says:
The writing was so bad it overwhelmed the story. Pretentious in the extreme

Posted on 29 Mar 2016 23:37:24 BDT
Holst says:
K French - yes, I echo your sentiments. A very rewarding experience for the reader.

What is it with people labelling this book as 'pretentious'? Seriously, this is not a word I would ever equate with this book. It's as though it's not enough to just dislike a book that so many others adore; people have to take a leap further and declare it pretentious simply because the majority viewpoint is positive. I think this kind of feedback has become particularly prevalent in the Internet age, and some would call it 'trolling'. It saddens me. By all means express your opinion, but please refrain from bandying unjustifiable terms around.

Bookworm - sorry to be so blunt but I suggest it may have more to do with your reading than the writing.
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