The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

So, I've seen this book around a lot. I think it's been on several folks' favorite book lists, etc...

 

***AN INQUIRY***

Does writing a book about the Holocaust

guarantee you a Newberry,

like making a film about it

guarantees you an Oscar?

 

So, yes, this book. It's about the Holocaust. Not that that's a bad thing, it's just a thing, you know.

 

***A SPOILER***

It's a book about the Holocaust.

Most people are going to die.

In the end of the book, people die.

It's not surprising.

Especially since I just said it.

 

And the writing style... well, I don't know anything about Markus Zusak, but he's succeeded in writing a children's book in a fully postmodernist style.

 

 

***DEFINING POSTMODERNISM***

non-linear narratives,

textual tangents,

unusual story structures,

foreshadowing so much that the actual events feel like an echo

 

Which is again, fine. I'm not sure if the world NEEDED A postmodern children's book, but here it is. My only real complaint...

 

 

***THE INTERRUPTIONS***

Interrupting like this

makes the narrator seem

superciliously pedantic

(that means he talks down to you)

and it's tough to separate annoyance at the narrator

and annoyance at the author

 

...but don't let that keep you from reading this. It's a good book. I'm sure others have eloquently stated WHY it's a good book.

 

***A REASSURANCE***

these interruptions

get less frequent

and less jarring

as the book progresses

 

I'm just going to say it's worth reading, despite its self-conscious writing style.