Saturday 25 July 2009

The Book Thief

Title: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Publisher: Random House
Reading Level: Adult
Rating: 5

The Book Thief
is set in Nazi Germany. Beginning in 1939, it focuses on an abandoned German girl, Liesel, who is sent to live with foster parents in a small town near Munich. As Liesel learns to cope with her new environment, all the pains she has endured, and the extreme unhappiness of pre-war and wartime Germany, she yearns to escape via reading. Her foster father Hans helps her learn to read, and Liesel finds books here and there — in a snowy graveyard, in a Nazi book-burning, and inside the local mayor's house. She has a few friends; first her neighbor and classmate Rudy, and later on her foster father's best WWI friend's son, Max, a Jew whom her new family must hide in their basement. While the toll of WWII, Allied bombing, and Nazi brutality increases, Liesel's world starts to crumble, but words and reading sustain her.

I just finished reading The Book Thief about 10 minutes ago, and words can not describe what I've read. It's a feeling, and I can't even describe those. Amazing....the writing alone is brilliant...but the story is heart wrenching, sad, amazing, loving, and horrid all at the same time. Death is narrating, which shows quite the picture during Nazi Germany. You MUST read this book. It deserves a place by The Diary of Anne Frank. What a story.

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  1. I have this on my to be read list, glad to hear its good! x

  2. I've been waiting for you to finish this! I thought you would love it. Most people who I've talked to have just been in complete awe at the end. It's...indescribable. One must feel it for themselves.

    Have you read "Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" yet? That would be an excellent one for you, too, if you loved Book Thief. A much lighter one, and definitely and book lovers will connect to it! But still one that leaves you with so much at the end.

  3. I absolutely love love love your blog layout!!! I also like your choice of books =)

  4. This was my FAVORITE book so far this far. It's breathtaking, isn't it?

    Great review!!

  5. This is so far my favorite book I've ever read. The only problem is that I read it a few years ago, and I still can't find anything I like as much as this one. Do you have a favorite that you would say you liked as much as The Book Thief? I've read The Help, good, but still not as good as TBT. I've read the first book of The Hunger Games series. Good again, but not as good as TBT. Still searching ...


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