Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This is actually an older book copyright 2005, written by Markus Zusak. The story is set in 1939, Nazi Germany, and tells the story of Liesel Meminger. She is forced to go to a foster family and during the trip she losses her brother. After her brother's burial she happens upon a book "The Grave Diggers Handbook", and thus begins her love of books. 
This book gives us more insight to the horrible tragedies that occurred during the holocaust. It reminded me of another favorite book of mine. The much loved "Diary of Anne Frank". However, this story is told from a perspective that I have never seen or heard of before. It took me a chapter or two to get it and then when I started realizing where that perspective was coming from I was like "What"? I had to flip back through the beginning chapters to make sure I was reading it right or maybe I had missed something. It did not take away from the book at all but made it more interesting as i could not put it down.
Liesel Meminger comes across as a down to earth girl whom is stronger than she will ever know. The author has made her lovable, sweet and innocent. Even though she is stealing books she does so with an enthusiasm that is not about taking away from someone. It is all about her wanting to read and discover books.
Max Vandenburg is the Jew that comes to the family in which to hide and the story grows more amazing with his admission into the story.
I love this book and have read it several times and consider it to be one of my best literary purchases ever. Every man, woman and child should read this book as it has so much to offer. I would love to see it as a mandatory read in our schools. Our children would get some much out of it.

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