Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Monday, 14 July 2014
- A large scarf/fabric, I got mine in a charity shop for €1!
- Measuring tape
- Needle and thread
1. Fold you scarf in half and lay it out on the floor with the folded edge at the top as shown below.
4. From the bottom of the fabric (the folded edge should be the top), measure the half way point and make a mark or place a pin.
6. Hem the raw edges or if you're lazy like me, use Bondaweb! I forgot to take a picture of me hemming so you'll have to take my word for it!
7. Style your new kimono how you please!
Monday, 23 June 2014
Page count: 554
Synopsis: It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.
Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meagre existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbours during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.
My thoughts: I actually started reading this book in January and only finished it in March. I found the start of this book to really drag on. It didn't capture my attention in any way and just didn't make me want to read it. I usually like historical fiction so I was quite surprised at how much I didn't like it at the start and I was considering abandoning it all together. I did take a break from it and when I eventually picked it back up again in March, I was much more interested in the book and actually ended up liking it in the end. I found Markus Zusak's writing to be extremely eloquent. It was almost eloquent to the point of excess and sometimes I found myself drowning in all of the beautiful metaphors and allegories. It came across that Zusak was trying too hard and in some parts the message was lost because of it.
The characters were very well rounded and believable. I loved Hans, Leisel's father, in particular and the relationship that formed between the two. It was very heartwarming and probably my favourite part of the book was seeing their relationship blossom. For me that was what the book was about. It was the relationships that formed and flourished in this difficult period. It was families that despite the struggles of the war, got through it together and were stronger than ever. Markus Zusak captured the heartbreak of living in war torn Germany extremely well and taught me so much about the second world war that I didn't know before and also from a whole different perspective.
Death as a narrator was interesting to say the least. I found it strange at the start but I quickly got used to it and it was just like any normal narrator with a few little interjections along the way. That was until Death started spoiling the ending. He gave it away half way through and I was seriously annoyed. As if Death's job isn't bad enough that he has to take people's souls he also has to go and ruin The Book Thief! It brought my opinion of the book down A LOT!
Here are a few pictures from the book. Don't worry there's no spoilers!
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Here's this review in video format:
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