Sunday, June 07, 2009

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Theif by Markus Zusak

Liesel Meminger is brought to the Hubermann family in Nazi Germany in 1939 after her brother just died. No one explains to her why she is being separated from her mother, but her foster family of Rosa and Hans takes Liesel in and tries to make her feel like part of their family. Leisel becomes friendly with Rudy Steiner and he becomes her partner in crime. The crime is that Liesel is a book thief.

Before she even knew how to read, Liesel stole her first book during her brother's burial. As her stepfather teaches Liesel how to read and write, she falls in love with the written word and steals more books as she needs them.

Set with WWII as the backdrop, this book brings an interesting perspective to the war, which is that of a teenage German girl with Jewish sympathies. The relationships between the characters is what makes this book such a page turner. Yet at the same time, you know that the story is not going to end happily and you wonder just what is going to happen.

I know I'm a little late to read this book. I think it was a top seller a few years ago. I'm happy to have gotten around to it now though, it was a great book and I would recommend it!

First Line: "First the colours."



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