The Book Thief
About the book:
It is 1939, Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.
By her brother’s graveside, Liesel Meminger finds her life changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Grave Digger’s Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found.
But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jewish man in their basemant, Liesel’s world is both opened up and closed down.
In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.
I just finished The Book Thief and could not put it down. The author took the bold step of making Death the narrator, but Death’s perspective on what is going on during this period is not at all what you would expect. As the war progresses, we feel Liesel’s pain as the casualties pile up, and yet we know she is a survivor. The other major characters -- Liesel’s foster parents, her best friend Rudy, the hidden Jew Max -- are so vividly drawn that you miss them when you finish the book. They all cope with their circumstances in unique ways as they live out their determination to survive despite the extreme poverty and heartache all around them. This is a life-changing story that will linger in your heart long after the last page is turned.
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Disclaimer: I am donating the book from my personal collection for this giveaway.