The Book Thief

From Random House:
About the Book:

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.

I loved, loved, loved this novel. I loved it, so much, that I didn’t even want to stop touching the book. And I find my bliss when I find a story like this. It was loaned to me by a friend, so now I want to get my own copy. Hardcover.

It’s narrated by Death, and at first I thought–um, I’m not sure. But the voice of the author is engaging, and he’s made his unusual narrator a vivid likable character in his own right. The characters drew me in, and I cared about each and every one of them, and as you can imagine in a story written against the backdrop of Nazi Germany, there was plenty of plot to keep the pages turning. by the end, tears gushed from my eyes, and the resolution to Liesel’s tale was so satisfying, I could sigh and turn my lights out and settle down to sleep without a lingering residue of sadness.

Please, please grab this one up and read it!

3 Comments on “The Book Thief”

  1. Angie says:

    I read this one and liked it, though I hate trying to read while crying. Y’know, blurry eyes, stuffy nose…

    If you liked this one, you should check out I AM THE MESSENGER by the same author. ‘Nother really excellent read.

  2. desperatewriter says:

    Glad to hear it! I might have to do that! 🙂 Thanks, Angie!

  3. jimmytomato says:

    I’m glad I read this post! I’ve looked at the book several times at Barnes & Nobles and I figured it was a teen book.

    I’m going to get it today!!



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