Author: Markus Zusak
Page Count: 350
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Rating: 5/5 Stars
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.
The last of my required reads, for now, except for some poetry! I am so incredibly stoked to be finished with these so I can get back to reading things I want to!
This is less of a review and more of just spouting information:
Consensus: There is very little I can say, without spoiling everything, because this book is very easy to spoil. But, Zusak wrote a masterpiece, that really opens our eyes to what living in Nazi Germany was truly like. He gave us a glimpse into the lives of everyday people, that broke the mold that was set for that time.
Liesel Meminger, is deep, and meaningful and I grew to love and care for her as she stole books, and read to others.
Hans Hubberman is like a lovable giant, who you cannot help but adore.
Rosa, despite her faults is beautiful in her quirky sort of way.
Rudy holds a special place in my heart, rock on Jesse Owens.
Max, sweet sweet Max, is a joy, and a light in the dreary world, which is strange to think considering he is a Jew.
This book was dark, and had so much depth. The writing was superb and the characters were so real. I see why this book has received so much hype, because it is deserved.
The narration by Death was probably my favorite thing ever. It is incredibly unique, and it shows that Death isn't cruel.
Please, EVERYONE READ THIS BOOK. It has become one of my favorite books ever.