Title: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Year Published: 2005
"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's life is changed when she pick up a 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-burngins, 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 Jew in theif basement, 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."
My Rating: 5/5
This book is a very interesting form of historical novel. not only did the subject matter grab my attention but as I read so did the narrator. to have taken a risk to use Death as you're narrator/speaking voice will either pay off or make you fall on your face. It most certainly paid off for Markus Zusak. He did a tremendous job of playing Death's role. The use of words makes this book come alive (well as alive as Death can get). As well as a great narrator, I was thankful for a different storyline. I have read quite a few books about the Holocaust, and while those books are true history as well, this book is the story of someone inside Germany at the time, as a day to day citizen.
Finally, although I wouldn't call myself a history buff, I love historic books and this is up with the best of them.
THANK YOU MARKUS ZUSAK FOR SHOWING THAT WAR IS OFTEN SIMILAR NO MATTER THE SIDE YOU LIVE ON!
Thanks for reading,