Friday, April 26, 2013

The Book Thief

I just finished reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  It seems like it took me forever, but to be fair, the only time I get to read is a few minutes before bed each night.    

Here is the synopsis of the book from the Random House website.

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.

I enjoyed The Book Thief, but it didn't blow me away like it obviously did for other people.  Maybe my expectations were too high since I had heard how great it was?  I did appreciate the personal connection I felt to the locations in the book though.  When we lived in Germany we were able to visit the sites of old concentration camps and learned a lot about Nazi Germany.  Since this was written for juveniles, hopefully the story can teach them about the Holocaust and reach them in a way that their history book cannot.  I would definitely recommend this book for a younger reader, probably high school age.  

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