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Meredith gladdecease
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so it goes
I started watching The West Wing last week (on season two, no spoilers please!), and I read The Book Thief today, and they made me think of Vonnegut.

You may be thinking "okay, yeah, I can see how the themes of the effects of war and the somewhat time-fluid narrative/unusual narrator could connect Vonnegut to The Book Thief, but The West Wing? What??

I haven't read as much of Vonnegut as I'd like, but one thing that consistently strikes me about his works is the apparently random scenes - sometimes just sentences - that he intersperses a more coherent a/o linear narrative with, bringing up that same scene once every few chapters, not really seeming to make a point with it... only to punch you in the face with its relevance and deeper meaning right at the climax.

It's something The Book Thief did, and it's a technique that The West Wing uses in more lighthearted contexts, and it is maybe the one thing I want to successfully accomplish in a piece of fiction.

Ah, what a coincidence! I've been reading The Book Thief as well. (Been reading it during my work breaks. =v=) I didn't like the beginning at all, but it's really starting to grow on me. I'm enjoying Liesel's interactions with her foster parents and Rudy. I'm at the beginning of Part 4, so yeah. What did you think of it?

Whoa, that's a neat coincidence! I read the whole thing off and on over eight hours or so, so my impressions are more general than specific, but...

I really enjoyed the framing - the choice of narrator works really well, given the time period and Liesel's life, and this version of Death just... interests me. Intrigues me? It's an unusual take, but one that makes sense, is what I'm getting at.

There's sad parts - quite a lot of them, which seems inevitable - but happy moments too. Liesel's relationships really interest me, especially the friendships she makes almost by accident.

The last line has really stuck with me.

I'm hoping to find a cheap theater nearby that's still playing the movie, I want to see how well it lines up with the book.

What do you think of it?

Edited at 2014-02-12 06:53 pm (UTC)