Monday, October 13, 2014

The Book Thief

The Book ThiefThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm a few weeks late writing this review. That really has nothing to do with the book. I've had this book for several years, hesitant to read it because it's a book narrated by DEATH. Well, book club pushed me to move past that.

This was a look at death in a different perspective. This was life in a different perspective. This was a beautiful story about the power of words. Healing, love, destroying, hate. A wonderful, entertaining story that sucks you in with every word.

Summary: It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.

Set during World War II in Germany, Liesel Meminger is 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.

Recommended Reading:
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by M. T. Anderson
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Tears of a Tiger by Sharon M. Draper
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Divergent by Veronica Roth

No comments: