Title: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Genre: Historical Fiction, Drama
Page numbers: 576
Goodreads rating: 4.35
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.
Certainly one of the best book I have read so far. This is the first book about Holocaust era that I have read, in fact it’s one of the most unusual novels that I have read.
The thing I adored most about this story is the utter captivation of story-telling. Author not only tells us a beautiful story, but at the same time shows us the power and the impact that words can have. Our narrator, Death, made this story even more interesting with his descriptions and little spoilers.
The book centers around the experiences of a young girl in World War II, in nazi Germany. Eleven-year-old Liesel Meminger, in train on the way to her new foster family in Molching, lost her little brother and her Mama abandoned her to them, Rosa and Hans Hubermann. Here is where her story starts.
I loved all the characters. They’re well developed and special.
Liesel Meminger – this girl is smart and he faced the Death. Liesel shows us a small tired heart who have seen a lot of unfortunate things. She is our book thief, and she never hesitates to steal a book even if it means climbing windows or hiding a burning book inside her clothes.
I have hated the words, and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.
Hans Humbermann – the accordionist, Liesel’s foster father who keeps his promises forever. He thought Liesel how to read and slept in a chair near Liesel’s bad almost everynight to be there when she woke up from a nightmare.
Rosa Hubermann – she may seem a severe woman, but her heart is bigger than you can imagine.
I really got attached to those characters, including the fist fighter Max Vandenburg, Rudy with hair the colour of lemon, Ilsa… What can I say more? I loved the relation between Max and Liesel.
This book is sad, yet powerful and thankfully funny at times. If there’s anyone who hasn’t read this book yet, I say, give it a chance and give it time, because if you’re looking for a fast read, this is not your book. This novel must be read in silence and you must pay attention, because there are some feelings that should not be overlooked.
I cried? Yes.
MY RATING: 5 stars
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