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Thursday, January 31, 2013

the book thief

"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..."

I finally read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak after a friend obsessively recommended it to me for several months (you know who you are).  She technically told me to listen to the audio book version, which I tried to do, but I ran out of time to listen to it before it was due back to the library.  One thing lead to another, and I read it in paper form.  You know how these things go.  ... Anyways ... 

What a heart wrenching, wonderful book this is.  Like you can see on the cover, this book technically falls into the Young Adult category.  But the book is told in such a way that it will please old, young, and medium adults alike.  Death narrates the story of Liesel Meminger, who lives with her foster family in a small German town during World War II.  As her world collapses around her (physically and metaphorically), Leisel learns to read for the first time and the new stories she finds  - and steals - help her survive.  I fell in love with her foul mouthed "Mama," her accordion playing "Papa," and her partner in crime Rudy.  A great read for anyone who feels that reading stories has at any time influenced - or even saved - your life. 

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