Saturday, January 1, 2011

Book Review: The Book Thief

I know I have been MIA forever! We've just been busy with the holidays, just like you I'm sure. I haven't finished a lot of books lately because of the holidays, and I've been trying to read Great Expectations for the past two months and I'm just not that driven to pick it up. So I've been in the middle of reading about 3 books at once and now hopefully I'll finish them all soon.

This was Book Club pick for January and it was awesome!

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, 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 Thoughts:
I loved this book! I was worried that it was going to be too sad and depressing for me (on the first page a little boy dies). Even though it ends pretty tragically, it was a beautiful story and wonderfully told. I loved the relationship between Rudy and Liesel. Well, I loved the relationships between Liesel and ALL the characters, but Rudy was my favorite. This is a must read.


Bridget said...

I totally agree!

Jessica said...

I loved this book too, although I was so confused the first few pages because I didn't really pick up that "Death" was narrating. I'll probably read it again someday.

Lisa K said...

I really struggled with Death being the narrating the story. My mind is just not that imaginative and I want a real person narrating. But I did like getting a perspective from a non-Jewish German during the war.