The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - 550 pages
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel 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 before he is marched to Dachau.
This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.
My Review: 5 stars
The first time I picked up this book I couldn’t get into it. I really think I wasn’t in the right mindset at the time to read this book. I passed it to my mother who gave it rave reviews for both me and my high school daughter to read “at once!”. Thank g-d I gave it a second chance. This book was the most creative and inventive way to portray the holocaust and it’s destruction as a whole. Narrated in the third person by none other than death, this was a reader’s read. Great usage of language, characterization, and scenery. The prisoners’ walking through town was one scene of many that will stay with me. The actual book theif, Leisel, will also remain in my heart as someone who saw books as a means of survival.
Tags: Historical Fiction, Holocaust, 2007, Favorites, Book Club
Labels: 2007, Book Club, Favorites, Historical Fiction, Holocaust