Sunday, March 22, 2009

the book thief by markus zusak

narrated by death, markuc zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of liesel meminger, a young foster girl living outside munich in nazi germany. liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she discovers something she can't resist -- books. soon she is stealing books from nazi book-burning, the mayor's wife's library, wherever they are found.

with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, liesel leans to read and share her stoem books with her neighbors during bombing raids, as well as with the jewish man hidden in her basement.

markus zusak has crafted an unforgettable novel about the ability of books to feed a soul.

i was a little uncertain of this book when i first began. it was a bit jarring the way the story was being told and i had a hard time believing in your character of death. but that quickly faded and i was in. i was in for every last word on every last page. at every free moment i had, i felt myself reaching for this book. i wanted more. from liesel. from rudy. from papa. from max. even death himself won me over. and i wanted so bad to believe that death is compassionate, not just void of all emotions. 

the book max writes for liesel, absolutely moving. it reminded me that there is something so pure in all the horrors that happen. as small as a tiny, homemade story can be -- it can also save. 

it's been a long time since a book has brought me to tears, but you managed to do just that. i sat on my floor and sobbed. i had to take a moment to get a hold of myself so i could keep reading. i was utterly broken by this story. but somehow, this story filled me with such hope it was overwhelming. so if you want to write more books as beautiful as this one, i'll be the first in line to pick up a copy. 

dutifully yours,
a lone reader

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