Thursday Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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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 Review: This book made me feel like I was driving past a train wreck. I felt bad but couldn’t stop looking. You know this book is going to be sad but you won’t be able to put it down. And oh.my.gosh when you get to the end….

It’s a beautiful story, the descriptions are like nothing I’ve ever read before. The characters are SO real and they grow so much. The narrator is just creepy enough but still maintains kind of an interesting innocence. I REALLY enjoyed this book.

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