The Book Thief Kindle Edition by Markus Zusak
Click Here to Download the Book A New York Times bestseller for seven years running that's soon to be a major motion picture, this Printz Honor book by the author of I Am the Messenger is an unforgettable tale about the ability of books to feed the soul. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusakâ€™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 canâ€™t resistâ€“ 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. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.
Reviews This is my new favorite book. It is incredibly amazing. First of all, the writing is beautiful. This book has some of the greatest phrasing I have ever read. The use of words turns descriptions into beautiful art. The pacing of this book is perfect. This is not a "thrilling action" book; instead, it is a book that takes the time to develop the characters and tell their stories. I felt like I knew each one and that they truly came to life. At first the idea of the story being told from the point of view of death seemed a little odd, but then the narration found its rhythm. I liked that parts of the end were revealed, which both softened the blows of the sad things to come, and also gave the sense of excitement for the good things to come. Secondly, the story is so raw, touching, and moving. This is a story of life, real, hard, gritty life. It is set against the rough background of Germany during WWII, so naturally there are parts that are hard to swallow. In a lot of ways it reminds me of To Kill a Mockingbird, in that the characters stand so vibrantly against such harsh circumstances. I loved the themes that were developed of love, family and humanity.
I don't write a lot of reviews but I can't close this book without one. It is still lying open next to me. The "beauty and brutality" of the words it contains still "haunt" me. I absolutely loved this book and I do very few thing absolutely. While I loved it for its stories within stories and it use of a more than original narrator, Death, what I loved most was how it dealt with the theme of words. The book thief is described as a "word shaker" and receives power through her ability to wield words for the good of others. This is juxtaposed along side the words of Hilter, the consequences of his words being felt throughout the story and history as well. Words are something I hear, read and speak everyday, but how often do I consider the affect or effect of my words? It is easy to equate Hitler's words with hate and brutality but I forget for some they meant hope; as cruel and awful as their intent and consequences may be. Perhaps words should be used to keep people from a state in which the words of someone like Hitler equate hope or protection. I have heard a lot of words lately leveled at people I know and love and some that I have never even met. Words expressing differing opinions some passionate and true to me, other words just passionately stinging. Is
anyone right in their use of words? What I take away from this book is to make my own words as potent and powerless as possible. Potent that they can affect change, powerless that they may never be used to hurt someone. At the end of the book Death is "haunted by humans," I am haunted by how humans can wield words to bring about so much hurt and yet so much hope.
I had seen this in book shops for months and had picked it up and put it down again so many times that I finally decided to give it ago based on so many positive reviews I had seen. I'm so glad I did. For the 3 days it took me to read it I was immersed in the life of a young German girl during World War 2 and although the book prepares the reader almost from the beginning for what is going to happen I wasn't prepared for the ending to pack such an emotional punch. The book itself is narrated by Death (not the Grim Reaper image that most of us have, but a figure who roams the world collecting the souls of the newly departed and gently taking them away with him.) Death tells the story of Liesel, a young girl who has been placed with foster parents in a poor part of Munich and we follow her story throughout the war. We are told from the start that most of the characters we meet will die but because we spend so long with them and become so involved in their lives, it doesn't make it any less shocking by the end of the book. This book is brilliant in the way that it manages to avoid the gory detials of war but involves us in the day to day lives of some of those who lived through it. It is so important that we never forget what happened during that time and that there were so many wonderful, selfless people out there that were prepared to help others. I highly recommend this book and I'm sure it is one that will stay with me for a long time.
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