Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Teaser Tuesday: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

The Book Thief –
Knopf Books for Young Readers

Trust was accumulated quickly, due primarily to the brute strength of the man’s gentleness, his thereness. The girl knew from the onset that Hans Hubermann would always appear midscream, and he would not leave.
— Page 15

I don’t often re-read books, mostly only parts I enjoyed, because my reading list is already so long and the day only has so many hours. This is clearly a re-read to find out if the “it’s not you, it’s me” explanation I gave the book the first time around was true. I first read The Book Thief when it was published in Germany in 2008 and I just wasn’t impressed. At all. I’m now re-reading it in English and have to admit that I’m a little puzzled at all the German words that are liberally strewn across the text. That’s definitely something I didn’t appreciate when I read the translation. Maybe I’m also a little more receptive to the text and writing style now that I’m not attending literary criticism classes and the impression of high school history with its constant WWII this and NS that has paled a little. At least I find that I’m enjoying it more the second time around, if you can call it enjoying. Was this new interest caused by the movie? Yes, in parts. I had already thought about a re-read because I knew that I hadn’t been the best reader the first time and the movie certainly is a good enough reason.

Mandatory question: Have you read the book and/or will you go to see the movie? Let’s hear from you in the comments.


Anonymous said...

I loved this book first time around and would love to re-read it again soon.

Here's my teaser: http://writenotereviews.wordpress.com/2013/11/19/teaser-tuesday-when-we-were-watching-downton-abbey-by-wendy-wax/

Karen and Gerard said...

This is one my husband really liked but that I couldn't even plow through. I think I'd enjoy the movie better but haven't decided if we will go see that one or not. I'd rather see Ender's Game, Divergent, Catching Fire.
Here's ours: http://www.ourstack.blogspot.com/2013/11/tuesday-teasers-4-for-you.html

Anonymous said...

I haven't read the book yet, but I hope I can read it before the movie comes .

My Teaser

gautami tripathy said...

I loved this novel. Happy reading!!

Here is my post

Carol Ford said...

I have not read the book yet but I really want to. Movies from books usually fall flat for me so I am not sure I would ever watch the movie especially if I had read the book first. Check out my TT here: http://meandu-justthinking.blogspot.ca/2013/11/teaser-tuesdays-nov-19.html

Vonnie R said...

I love this book but I have known a couple of people that weren't impressed by it. I'm not sure if I'm going to watch the movie in the theaters or wait until it's out on DVD. But, I would like to re-read this book some day.


Kirsty-Marie Jones said...

I haven't read the book, I probably won't go to see it either. It's never been one that has interested me If I'm honest, I definitely wouldn't have put myself through it again though, good on you! :)

Heres mine

Kirsty @ StudioReads

Laura said...

I recently had the book recommended to me and the teaser is great. Thanks for sharing! My Teaser Tuesday is from a collection of short stories of fairy tales rewritten.

Valentina Cano said...

I still have to read this one. It sounds so good!


Sandra Nachlinger said...

I've heard so many good things about this book, so I've added it to my TBR list.
My Teaser is from THE HUSBAND'S SECRET.

JC Jones said...

I haven't read the book but it is on my wish list. Click here to go to my TT

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