I have had the widely acclaimed novel The Book Thief by Australian author Markus Zusak on my to-be-read list on my Kindle for an embarrassingly long time. Why? Probably because it’s almost 600 pages long and classified as ‘young adult’ fiction.
And now at only a third of the way into it, I am kicking myself for not having read this book earlier. I am loving it.
Publisher Book Description
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 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.
Markus Zusak’s decision to cast Death as the narrator of The Book Thief was a masterstroke.
Please trust me. I most definitely can be cheerful. I can be amiable. Agreeable. Affable. And that’s only the A’s. Just don’t ask me to be nice. Nice has nothing to do with me. (Location 169-80, Kindle)
Find out more about this wonderful novel, The Book Thief.
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