Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Written by Ari at 1:51 PM
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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Pages: 579
Pub Date: September 11, 2007
Author Website/Blog: 
www.randomhouse.com/features/markuszusak
Synopsis: 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

I cried, a lot. This book was probably one of the longest and best stories I have read in a long time. It was simply heart breaking. Its so depressing to read about WWII from another perspective other than a Jew. This has been one of my oldest arguments. Why do we only discuss Jewish suffering, if others suffered so much as well. This book really proved my point. The whole book they are constantly struggling to make a living. It also gave a look at how Jews suffered, but it focused mainly on the average German citizen. This story was so compelling that I always forget it was Death telling the story. I loved how towards the end Death mentioned how Liesel wrote the whole story. He was basically just reading it to us. I really loved this story, granted I would recomend it more for those who enjoy a good lengthy story it was still great.

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