Wednesday, December 2, 2009

de ja vu

i've thought about disowning my sister. i mean, she's fun. when we're not fighting like passionate sisters do, we get along like a proverbial house on fire. but she didn't rate the book thief and that's just not on as far as i am concerned.

you might recall, although you more likely don't, that i billed this the best book in the history of the world a while back. this will jog your memory. nothing's changed. it still rocks my world. i talk about it often. i don't see that changing any time soon. **
the reason i am bringing this up again is not to bore you. promise. it's because i am testing the blog this waters to see if it's something which works for me. fyi, blog this is a network for australian bloggers and offers weekly inspiration by way of post topics, this week's topic, you might have guessed, is basically 'most memorable book of 2009'.

i like to mix things up.i've displayed that here with the cunning use of the 'upload-a-different-cover-to-last-time' method.

easy. no contest. the book thief by markus zusak. and i've read some pretty damn memorable books so far this year. in fact, the book i read immediately before the book thief, a thousand splendid suns, had replaced the lovely bones as my favourite only to topple weeks later.

and, realising favourite is not necessarily a synonym for memorable, night by elie wiesel - an utterly harrowing memoir of the holocaust - must also be among the unforgettable.

but the book thief...i just fell in love with those words.

i read only today, while looking for that picture up there, that the book thief was marketed towards the young adult demographic. i scoffed. unacceptable. you cannot pigeon hole this book. it is, without doubt, for anyone.

the book thief is narrated by a cheerful, affable, amiable character who the reader meets very early. that narrator is death. and there it is, page 4, the reason i love this book. zusak starts, progresses and concludes outside the square. his risks, and there are many, pay off making for not just an amazing read, but an inspiring one.

set in germany before and during world war II, you'd be forgiven for assuming the book thief would be graphic or heavy, especially considering the grim reaper is telling the tale. and while death and dying are major themes, zusak's words work in such a way that there is little to feel uneasy about. you will, in fact, likely empathise with death as a down-trodden employee working for the man.

literature itself is celebrated in the novel and forms the foundation of a number of key relationships. the friendship formed between protagonist liesel meminger (a young girl, endearing but feisty) and max vandenburg (a jew who liesel's foster parents are hiding in their basement), for mine, one of the most touching.

shall i go on? i could. i really could. i could talk about the book thief all day. but it's no good reading what i thought. just get your hands on a copy. sink your teeth in. and if you don't love it, don't tell me or i'll have to disown you too.

**enter. enter. enter enter ENTER. it won't work. i don't know why, but it's not doing my OCD any good at all.


Melissa said...

Ahhh sisters. Gotta love them!

Seema Duggal said...

Brilliant taste my friend. Do you want to talk more for SSS? I am getting rid of reviews in Jan but it would be great to finish with this one... xx

Luigi | said...

The way you wrote this post made me want to read this book. I think that there's something really about this and we really have to find out. This was nice. Thanks for a very nice post.

eternallymine said...

Oh! I'm so excited about reading this book, I've had it on my 'to read' list for ages (I own a LOT of books).. this makes me even more excited to read it.

...kate said...

happy to seema...will discuss x

Nikita said...

Oh contraire, I thought it was good. I read it straight after 'The Kite Runner' which I absolutely loved, so perhaps I judged too harshly. Sorry Kate and sorry Markus Zusak (because I know ur reading this). I've passed it on to Sally so we'll see what the other sister thinks...

...kate said...

apology accepted. read a thousand splendid suns.

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