Title: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 576 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source: Personal Collection
Summary (from the Publisher):
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 expected to adore this book. And I liked it a lot. But I didn’t love it like so many of you. I am not sure if it is the slow speed with which I read it. Or the heavy subject. Or something else. But I didn’t adore it.
It has all of the elements of a book about Nazi Germany: oppression, hunger, a Jew in hiding. But it also has a unique narrator – Death – and a little girl who steals books, so it is nothing like all of those other books.
A million things have been written about The Book Thief and I really don’t have much to add. It is definitely worth reading, and I am glad I finally got to it.