Some more thoughts… The Book Thief by Mark Zusak, Alfred A Knopf New York 2007 (imprint of Random House Children’s Books). Originally published in Australia 2005 by Picador, an imprint of Pan Macmillan Pty Ltd, Sydney; 550 pages.
Since this is a re-read and not even one that I had picked for the Re-Reading / Flashback Challenge but one that I picked up again because my IRL bookclub chose it for this month’s selection, and now having rambled into some kind of extensive sentence of which I cannot seem to grasp a good way to wrap up, may I point you to my original review thoughts post on the first time I read this awesome book? From eleven months ago…
I STILL love this book.
I have not been the kind of person that re-reads books. This was partly due to my being much more motivated to read new-to-me books — all those classics that I’ve always thought I *should* read or hot new titles that beckon with pushy enthusiasm. I never read for “comfort.” I hate to know what is going to happen.
But then I re-read The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. I had always adored my first-read experience with CS Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia and I wanted it fresh in my mind when the movie came out.
I was so disappointed. I can’t remember what exactly I was disappointed by but do know that it had lost its magic. I was then shattered and so sad. I felt that I had RUINED my memory of the joy of discovering the world of Narnia. I vowed never to re-read a book again.
Until I decided that such a stance was silly.
And along came this year’s re-read challenge and I thought I would try the concept again.
AND… The Book Thief. I still think it is full of awesomeness. And I bawled my eyes out.
[from early in the book, page 80:]
She was the book thief without the words.
Trust me, though, the words were on their way, and when they arrived, Liesel would hold them in her hands like the clouds, and she would wring them out like the rain.
[updated about five minutes after posting this post to add that I’m just now reading Zusak’s thoughts at the end of the book and I’m crying again!]