The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Review!
Amanda Leon Monday, February 10
Title: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Release Date: March 14, 2006
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.
By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left behind 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 accordian-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 fist-fighter in their 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.
I've read The Book Thief numerous times and it never fails to enthrall and enchant me. Even though I know what happens, it still makes me feel like I'm reading it for the first time. The novel tells the story of Liesel, a little girl living in Nazi Germany who just moved in with her new foster parents. During her time there, she discovers the horrors of living in wartime and the love for her new parents and of course, book stealing.
The thing that amazes me most about this book is the pace. Zusak is truly a master at making a slow plot interesting, even though bombs aren't being dropped at all times. Each character feels real and none of them are two-dimensional.
I don't want to get into spoilers because this novel is truly wonderful and deserves all the hype it gets. Go read it! You won't regret it.
My book and movie review on the adaptation that was released last year will be up Friday so stay tuned!