Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Book Thief

by Markus Zusak

This book was many things. Moving. Meaningful. Worthwhile. Most of all, I think it was beautifully written. I loved how words were described as physical objects with actual presence, their meanings sometimes defined but more often felt. The narrator gives things away but that doesn't matter. Even if you were to know everything that took place in advance, you'd still have to read the book in order for your knowledge to mean anything. The power of words is demonstrated not only by the story, but by its presentation.

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