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Can't choose what to read next: The Book Thief or Revolutionary Road

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notnowbernard Sat 27-Jun-09 22:03:12

I will go with the majority vote!

MollieO Sat 27-Jun-09 22:04:17

Haven't read RR but I thought the BT was amazing. It is one of those stories that will stay with me forever.

bigstripeytiger Sat 27-Jun-09 22:05:21

The Book Thief is incredible.

oopsacoconut Sat 27-Jun-09 22:05:51

I would go with the Book Thief - one of the best book I have ever read.

NoFurtherQuestions Sat 27-Jun-09 22:07:28

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piscesmoon Sat 27-Jun-09 22:09:32

I really enjoyed 'The Book Thief'.

LongDroopyBoobyLady Sat 27-Jun-09 22:11:40

Book Thief is a must read.

cthea Sat 27-Jun-09 22:16:44

I loved RR.

notnowbernard Sat 27-Jun-09 22:18:04

I have both on my bookshelf waiting ...

It's looking like BT

bigstripeytiger Sat 27-Jun-09 22:22:52

The book thief will probably make you cry a lot, so dont read it in a public place. Everyone who I have spoken to about the book has cried, and not pretty quiet crying, but loud racking sobs. Just a warning smile

surreylady Sat 27-Jun-09 22:33:45

I have read both - I didn't like the Book Thief - found (sorry all) Enjoyed RR though so that would be my vote

ClaudiaSchiffer Sat 27-Jun-09 23:25:42

Revolutionary Road is great, really powerful writing and pretty horrowing in parts. We did it for Book Group a while ago and had v interesting discussions re motherhood and domestic life.

We read The Book Thief last month (well I didn't for some reason) and everyone loved it. It was a number of peoples top 5 of ALL TIME books. So I must read it.

Penthesileia Sat 27-Jun-09 23:29:26

Do not waste time on The Book Thief. Overwritten tripe, IMVHO. There are MUCH better books written about Germany during WWII, or about the Holocaust, if you want to read a book about those matters: Primo Levi, If this is a man; Gunter Grass, The Tin Drum. Etc.

Revolutionary Road, on the other hand, is excellent.

margotfonteyn Sun 28-Jun-09 12:12:30

Also found The Book Thief to be tripe, both overwritten and badly written. A typical 'International Bestseller'. Glad someone else agrees with me.

Would like to read Revolutionary Road though.

surreylady Sun 28-Jun-09 22:38:31

margotfonteyn - I am glad not to be alone also - would be interested once you have read RR to hear your feedback.

janeite Sun 28-Jun-09 22:40:34

I liked The Book Thief a lot and so did my dp (and we rarely agree on books) AND so did dd1 and the Yr 11 pupils I recommended it to.

Haven't read RR - would anybody like to give me a brief intro to it?

Cousel Sun 28-Jun-09 22:58:15

I thought the book thief was a good easy quick read - the narrator was 11yrs so style is simplistic.

Not read RR.

notnowbernard Tue 30-Jun-09 13:56:44

Have started RR (so didn't go with majority!)

So far, very good

mumof2222222222222222boys Tue 30-Jun-09 13:58:32

Read both. Enjoyed RR far more (although it is a bit sad!)

mumof2222222222222222boys Tue 30-Jun-09 13:58:38

Read both. Enjoyed RR far more (although it is a bit sad!)

mumof2222222222222222boys Tue 30-Jun-09 13:58:40

Read both. Enjoyed RR far more (although it is a bit sad!)

cheapskatemum Thu 02-Jul-09 22:22:33

Didn't like BT, in fact didn't even bother reading to end of it. I thought Boy in Striped Pyjamas better child's eye view of that period.

juuule Fri 03-Jul-09 16:16:44

Thoroughly enjoyed The Book Thief.
So did dh and dd1 (18). Found it very moving and unusual being told by a different portrayal of Death personified (he is mostly detached but not always).

SkaterGrrrrl Wed 08-Jul-09 16:56:13

Have only read Revolutionary Road and it's superb... you wont be disappointed.

CountessDracula Wed 08-Jul-09 16:58:02

RR is brilliant

Not read the other

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