Saturday, February 15, 2014

Book Review: The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

The Book Thief
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 meager 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 neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.
In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

4/5 stars (really liked it)
I have had this book on my to-read list for quite a while and finally decided to read it.  This book is told from the point of view of Death, which I thought was a very interesting concept.  I wasn't sure how the narrator would work but the author made it work very well.  Not only did we learn about the life of Liesel but we also learned about what was going on at that time.  There were many interesting characters in this book, such as Liesel's best friend Rudy, her foster parents, Max the Jewish man hiding in their basement as well as all the neighbors she interacts with on a daily basis.  I got so attached to some of the characters that when they died I was sad.  We follow Liesel from the time she arrives at her foster home until the day she dies.  Wonderfully told story!

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