Author: Markus Zusak
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Summary: 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.
Review: I've been curious about this book for awhile because I find the nazi/ jewish history appalling but interesting at the same time. I liked that it was told from Death's perspective, but every once in awhile it felt like it switched and it wasn't, maybe that was just me. I felt bad for everyone and sad about everything that was happening but I wasn't emotionally connected to the characters or the story. I found myself more or less going through the motions, "oh I should be sad now". I'm going to watch the movie too and see how it is. I will read more books by Markus Zusak because I want to see what else he can do. I would recommend this novel to those who are fans of World War II.
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