Tuesday, 25 March 2014

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who 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.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

I read this as part of youtube book reveiwers goodreads group, i was so so so excited that this was the book of the month. Having heard all the hype and the release of the film, i was desperate. I delved straight into the book pushing all others aside. I was let down, don't get me wrong, this was a nice book. We meet Liesel and Death, as he narrats her life and the adventures she had. We meet her on the day of her brothers death, closely followed by the first book she steals. We watch her as she grows and settles into her new home. What i dont get it, is why it was so good? It was nice, it was different, it was written beautifully. However, it wasnt earth shattering, i liked seeing the story from a little german girls point of view rather than a british one around the war time. I liked the little paragraphs of narrative that explained words and concepts to the reader, but it was never anything special to me. It essentially tells the story of one girls life. I was sad when it finished, but i also felt like i could read alot more. 


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