Friday, October 30, 2009

Meeting Monday

There was some confusion, but let's meet on Monday. I thought that's what we had decided at the last meeting; that way everyone should have time to get caught up on pages and we'll all be able to move forward from there.

I am not going to post discussion questions just yet over Part Eight, because I want to give you this forum to ask questions. Has there been anything at all in the book that you are unsure about? Anything you wish to discuss? Let's hear it!

See you guys Monday... Have a great Halloween weekend!
Mrs. P


Rae said...

Ooh ooh! Pick me!!! Pick me!!!

Currently, I don't have questions. But I did find this little exert on Markus Zusak when I was browsing the NaNoWriMo website. Here's the link:

It basically talks about his life growing up...very interesting!

I'll post when I get a question.

amandamenihan said...

I’m going to answer one of your questions from last week, which was, “What are some of your favorite pieces of writing?”

I love when writers put in words or phrases that have double meanings. On page 283 at the end of the very short chapter where Liesel discovers Max’ book, she thinks, “You scared me, Max.” On the surface, she is talking about how the sound of his voice when she thought he was sleeping startled her. She also means that the content of his drawings scared her. I think at this point she still has little idea what is actually taking place in Nazi Germany and the real reason Max must hide. ~Mrs. Menihan

Rae said...

Okay...I finally kept track of bits of things I liked...and then I looked at my watch and it was time to go. Darn it! So, here's what I wanted to share but ran out of time to:

Page 388 the very last sentence: "That makes two weeks, she would later write in the basement. Two weeks to change the world, and fourteen days to ruin it."
Yeah! I really liked this one. I think it's trying to say that it takes longer to change the world (for the better) but it takes less time to ruin it and make it worse. Yes, 2 weeks is equivalent to 14 days...I think that's why I liked it so much.

Page 381:
A Nice Thought
One was a book thief.
The other stole the sky.
I loved that! Stealing the sky really hit me. The sky is normally something everyone can enjoy to look at, yet Max Vandenburg has to steal even a glimpse at it. I really enjoyed that statement.

Page 357:
At the bottom of the first paragraph: "The bubbles ate her tounge." I really liked that description. Instead of the tounge tasting the champagne, the bubbles ate her tounge. Ahh...great description.

Page 319: "Just...don't get caught." This from a man who'd stolen a Jew." Tell me, please, If I've missed interpreted this, but this is how I thought of that. Hitler wants all the Jews destroyed, and by Hans taking him in, he in a way stole the Jew (and his death...) from Hitler. He saved him from a horrible fate. Is that how others read that?

Page 308 (x2):
a.)"I complain internally as I go about my work, and some years, the souls and bodies don't add up; they multiply." Eek. That's a pretty sad statement right there. I feel like this was saying there was a rush of deaths in a certain time. Maybe even with each death people became more and more discouraged. Without hope death becomes more unavoidable. I'd like to hear your thoughts on that.
b."An Abridged Roll Call for 1942" really struck me. I like Death's description of the Jew's spirit in his lap as they sat on the roof, next to the steaming chimneys.
I felt sad when it talked about how the Russians had to get ammunition from the fallen soldiers because there wasn't enough.
But I don't get the last one. "The soaked bodies of a French coast- beached on the shingle and sand." Any help there?

Mrs. P said...

Wow, Rachael-- great thoughts here!
I'm going to hold off on commenting to allow some other people to be heard. Bookies, what do you think?

JAD said...

Well fellow bookies how r u guys??? well as you now i wasnt there on monday. sorry about that, i had a lot of work to catch up on since i was gone for a whole week. also you guys now that i was VERY behind on our last meeting. Well Im glad to say that im just about cought up!!!!YEAY!!!! And a quick note to ms p: ive noticeed that every book that you recommend to me is always an amazing book!!! we have the same taste in books!!!

Well im not going to say any comments since i have to many to say. This book is really good with many hidden secrets and metaphors. I have a lot to talk about!!! See you guys tomm. BYE!! 8)

Roshon said...

Alrighty, I'm going to discuss some of the online questions now...but I'll do it on a different post...

By the way Ms. Pulley, have you ever heard of Terry Pratchett? Someone online suggested his books to me and so I checked one out from the public library and I'm only a few pages in but I can really tell that I like how he writes...just curious if you've ever read his books...

and Yay! Joel is caught up! *coughyoudidhearaboutthenewpagegoalrightcough*


Roshon said...

Niah, I'm just going to talk about the first question a little, as I just realized that I forgot about Geometry homework.... ^^;

Ah, the irony is one of my favorite things that the author did to this book. I've always like irony, but the way that he applies it to this book I really enjoy. When he uses it he usually puts a humorous twist on it....-insert brilliant quote from book here- or like this.... -insert another witty quote here-

He kind of adds this...I'm not sure if sarcastic is the right word, but I hope others know what I'm talking about...(sorry, all my explaining is dried out from the Pythagorean Theorem..... T.T)


Rae said...

No, I think sarcastic is a good word for it...or at least the best word I can come up with. It's almost a dry sense of humor even...maybe a mix of the two.

Roshon said...

That's more of the phrase I was thinking of; a dry sense of humor.