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Transcript of Book recommendation:
Published in 2006
Thanks for listening!
What the author is trying to show us is that words can affect you deeply. The author is going beyond telling us that words can hurt or inspire somebody. He's trying to tell us that words can control and that words can create a murderer.
I would definitely recommend this book! I love this story for many reasons. This story stays with you long after you have finished the last page. Maybe this is because of Markus Zusak`s brilliant choice of a narrator, Death. Or possibly it could be because of the well-developed characters who you feel can pop
right up and out of the book any second.
With that said, he chose to express his feelings through writing about the second world war because in the book Liesel states that the only reason she believes Hitler has power is because he has words, and he knows how to use them very well. As opposed to a bully who doesn't know how he is affecting his/hers victims.
Just in case
Alluding - To call attention to something indirectly
Distraught - Very upset
I think that the age group this book is pointed at are teens ages 14-18.
One reason I think this is because of content you will find in this book. It does not contain content that is graphic/inapropriate but it is based on the second world war which is something that younger children will not understand nor will they take it seriously. The final reason I think that it is directed to this age group is because of the vocabulary in this book. It contains vocabulary that younger children will not understand. For example; it contains words such as 'Alluding' or 'Distraught'.
I visualized throughout this entire story. While reading I would be visualizing many different places, but the majority of the time I visualized different colors. In this book, the narrator (Death) left occasional notes in between paragraphs explaining to us how he saw things. He saw them in colors. For example; in the beginning of the story, the narrarator told the audience that he personally prefers it when the sky was a chocolate brown.
Visualizing is important while reading,
it can give you a deeper understanding of the
setting and the situation.
After finishing this book, I thought that
the author believed that words were more deadly and inspiring than anything. When I was reading this I came to realize that his beliefs are right. Nobody ever really used to pay much attention to words or their possibilities. However, after reading this I began looking deeper into his words and what they could do.
Evaluating throughout the book is important because it helps the audience see the
difference between the reader's beliefs, the authors belief's and why his beliefs might have changed or stayed the same.
For example, when the Nazi's spoke to Liesels community, I would pay attention to how they would twist their words to convince the community that what they are doing and fighting for is right.
About the author
This book was written by a man named Markuz Zusak, he was born in 1975. He is an award-winning Australian writer and has written many books. However, he is best known for 'The Book Thief' and 'The Messenger'.
While reading this book I would be asking many questions. Some examples would include "Why does the narrarator refer to things as a color?" or "How does Liesel move on so quickly, and get oversadness?" Although some of these questions are never answered, it is still interesting to try and firgure out how these characters might think.
Asking questions throughout this book is important so that you can dig deeper into the character's mind, therefore understanding the character's feelings and thoughts.
Overall, using reading strategies helps me gain a deeper understanding of the story because they help me think deeper about the characters and the situation. They help me understand the meaning of the text, not just the words. This makes the text more enjoyable for me because instead of just skimming through the book, look at the words and forgetting everything afterwards, the reading strategies allow me to read and better comprehend what I have read.
The Book Thief
"Brilliant... It's the kind of book
that can be life-changing."
-The New York Times
Either way I think this story is
hauntingly beautiful, filled with
tradegy and heartbreak but still
has a hint of dark humor to it and
that all of you who are interested
in this, or seeking something
`different` to read, this is the
perfect choice for you.
One night, Hank was wishing Liesel a good night, when he noticed the book she stole slip out from under the sheets. She admitted to him that she was unable to read. After that night's incident they would take daily trips to the basement, so that Hank could teach Liesel to read. Their daily trips stopped after Liesel discovered a Jew hiding in her family's basement. She did not understand how dangerous this could be at first, but as she found answers Liesel began to develop a deep hatred for Hitler. Not long after, Liesel began stealing more books from increasingly dangerous places, such as Nazi book burnings. That was when Liesel started her career as a 'book thief'.
At Werner's burial in a snow-covered spot on the side of the road, Liesel stayed behind a few seconds after everyone else left. She spotted a book in the snow, and although she never learned to read, she hid it in her jacket. When Liesel arrived in her new town called Molching (Molk-ing), she was more reluctant then before to leave her mother seeing as her new foster mother, Rosa, seemed so cruel. However, her new foster father, Hank, and his kind personality, were able to pull her out of the car eventually.
The book Thief is narrated by a gentle portrayal of death, who tells us of a girl named Liesel Meminger who lived in Nazi Germany during the 1900's when Hitler was in great power. This story began when Liesel's mother was no longer able to support Liesel and her brother, Werner. Her mother had no choice but to give them up to a foster family if she wanted them to live. Unfortunately, Werner did not survive the trip.