Archive for September, 2013


When I grow up…..

The question that haunts you as you grow older.

“what do you want to do when you grow up?”

it is phrased differently depending on the age of the questioned. its a question that no one can escape.

when you are young and get asked the question any answer is acceptable. A pirate, princess, singer, astronaut…………………….the list goes on. These answers are acceptable because you are young and innocent looking and no one takes what you say seriously.

But at the age of 15/16 it seems that you have to know what your ambition in life is and you need to have a career planned out for the next 40 or so years. When picking GCSEs and A-levels they are classed as being something that will depend on the path of your future and the right choice is necessary. Its Crazy to think that major life choices are to be made when you are at the young age of 16 where all you care about is having a good time.

Everyone knows that life isn’t simple. You don’t get what you want. Life throws hurdles left right and centre. 

I have always answered this question with “I don’t know”

But the thing is that I kinda do.

I want to be someone who makes an impression. Someone who will be remembered for doing something good.

I am going  to ‘Seek a greater perhaps’ (a bit of a John Green looking for Alaska quote for all you nerdfighters) and find my true calling.

I want to make a difference. 

no wait………..

am going to make a difference. 

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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YOU ARE GOING TO DIE

1939 Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier.

Liesel, a nine-year old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.

 

THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH

It’s a story, about;

A girl

An accordionist

Some fanatical Germans

A Jewish fist fighter

And quite a lot of thievery.

DEATH WILL VISIT THE BOOK THIEF THREE TIMES

The only reason I decided to read this book is because I saw the film trailer and thought it looked amazing. I was really intrigued by the storyline and when I realised that it is a book I had to read so that I could abide with my number one rule. ALWAYS read the book before the film.

So with the first chance I had I went to a book shop and purchased the last copy of the book thief that the shop had. I began to read it when I got home and two days later I am sat in my room crying at the ending and at the tragedy of my favourite character Rudy.

The characters in this book are just amazing and are impossible to not fall in love with. Yes that’s right even the agitated whistler Pfiffikus. The main character Liesel is really relatable to. She is just a girl who has a passion for reading who will stop at no means to get hold of a precious book. Each character can be relatable to everyday life. Hans the caring compassionate man, Rosa the stern mother who just cares too much. There’s Rudy, the dreamer, the boy who won’t let anyone stop him and Liesel, the girl who has had a hard life but that only attributes to the amount of compassion she shows to her adopted mama and papa, a stranger who would be dead without her family and arguably some of the worst Himmel street inhabitants imaginable.

Markus Zusak has done an amazing job at writing this book and the fact that he has used Death as the narrator is just ingenious. There are many beautiful quotes said by death about how war is the boss of death and how death himself (let’s just presume death is a he) is just doing his orders under the orders of war. And the most amazing quote is said at the end when we have found out what has become of Liesel Meminger.

“I am haunted by humans”

It makes the reader feel the emotions of death and how some acts performed by humans he just cannot forget and how some deaths do haunt him and it leads us to realise that the story of Liesel probably haunts him the most. It’s not because it is the most sad or gruesome story. But because of the people affected. Lots of different types of people from the truest of Germans to the Jewish. From the old to the young. It’s a story about survival, love and books.