Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005
Pages: 550
ISBN: 978-0-375-84220-7
Source: My purchase

The story is told by the narrator "Death". He first meets Liesel Meminger when he comes to get her little brother. He is fascinated by her for some reason and follows her life. Illiterate, Liesel steals t book "A Grave Digger's Manual" from the men burying her brother. This book is used by her foster father to teacher her how to read. It is one of many books she steals as books become more important to her. This book is beautifully worded, which is great since the underlying theme seems to be how important words are, and the good or damage they can do. Set during the time of Hitler it describes the plight of so many during that period. I was touched by how loving and caring her foster father was and angered by how abusive her foster mother was. I gave this book a rating of 5 out of 5 and will highly recommend it.

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