I really liked the story and could hardly put it down, but found it to be a bit too maudlin. I’m not sure who was more needy, Ernest or Hadley? He needed constant praise and affirmation and she was a door mat. Add this to the time and place: 1920’s Paris with friends (mostly Ernest’s) who had little or no respect for family or fidelity. How could this marriage head anywhere but down the road to disaster?
I wonder though, how much truth there was to Hadley’s portrayal?
Next week, after the Book Klatch meeting on Thursday 1/26, I am off on a Hawaiian vacation. Need some suggestions for relaxing, poolside reading. Any suggestions?
What a difference a day can make. Yesterday I could hardly breathe at the Information Desk (it was so busy); today we have had our first real snow of the season and I am waiting to help someone, anyone!
Speaking of waiting, I am waiting for someone to comment on this blog. I was crazy excited about creating it so, of course, I believed everyone else would be thrilled to participate. But not a soul has liked, commented, or contributed yet.
When I’m reading and thinking about writing, stories, and characters, I want to share what interests me or things I think other people might enjoy knowing (and may not have the time or desire to seek out). Anyway, I am still waiting and hoping that someone will someday discover this blog and get as excited about it as I am. Until that day, I will happily record my thoughts and items that interest me and live in hope that someone will eventually share my enthusiasm. What a great day that will be!
The Book Thief is the 2012 CNY Reads selection for 2012. The kick-off event will be held at the Erie Boulevard Barnes and Noble on Thursday night, January 12 at 7 p.m.
Local celebrities will be reading out loud from the book. County Executive Joanie Mahoney, news reporter Chris McGrath, local actor Frank Fiumano, and others will each take a turn. Chocolate and live accordion music (accordion playing relates to the book) are also part of the evening.
The Book Thief has been very popular with both adult and YA readers and the Klatch participants read it as one of our selections last year.
In case you read the book and are interested, After Dinner Books, also at the Liverpool Public library, will be discussing the book with the author! On April 5, author Markus Zusak will be beamed into the Carman Community Room via Skype to talk with us. He will be coming to us live from Australia. Check the Events Calendar at LPL.org or use the link below.