The Book Thief

Author: Markus Zusak 
Pages: 552 
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf 
Format: Paperback 
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. By her brother's graveside, Liesel Meminger's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Grave Digger's Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever there are books to be found. But these are dangerous times. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up and closed down.

My Summary: Liesel is a girl who has escaped death on more than one occasion. It is Germany in the middle of the second world war, and after the death of her brother, Liesel is taken to live with foster parents, who teach her - among other things - the power of words. As she becomes caught up in the world of books and words, the world around her begins to descend into chaos. 

My Thoughts: I was a little late with my discovery of  The Book Thief - I was one of a few kids who didn't have to read it in seventh grade - but I am immensely glad I let my friend convince me to take a chance on it. This was one of those novels that you know will change you - from the moment I started reading I knew there was something special about it. Zusak's characters were living, breathing people, and my heart ached for them. I could imagine every single facet of Himmel Street, and when Liesel stole books I felt like I was right there with her. 

And of course, like every good book has to, it broke my heart.

Final Thoughts: The Book Thief is definitely a modern classic, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a wonderful read. 

1 comment:

  1. I read this one at the end of last year. It is such a lovely read. It was wonderful and sad.


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