The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
It is 1939. Nazi Germany.The country is holding it’s breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.
By her brother’s graveside, Liesel’s life is changed when she picks up an object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger’s Handbook, and it is her first act of book thievery.
So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found.
But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jewish fist-fighter in their basement, Leisel’s world is both opened up, and closed down.
WHAT I THINK OF THIS BOOK:
I absolutely love this book by a great Aussie author but nearly didn’t read it. I ordered it online but when it came I hesitated when I read the beginning, with Death as the narrator. I decided to plunge in and I never regretted it. The words have a life and depth of their own. It is so beautifully written. The story of a young girl, her family and friends living through World War II in Germany adds a new dimension to other stories I had read of the war.It was so interesting to glimpse what ordinary German people suffered at that time. It is wonderful and terrible. Even our narrator Death cannot cope at times with so much death. Yet while it is sad and emotional, it is also uplifting. I would whole heartedly recommend it.