Rating: 5 Crickets
Title: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Illustrator: Trudy White – of one of many versions of the cover
Cover Photography: Colin Anderson/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images
Publisher: “this is a Borzoi Book published by Alfred A. Knopf”
Published: September 1st, 2005
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.
By her brother’s graveside, Liesel meminger finds her life changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is ‘The Grave Digger’s Handbook’, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, 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 man in their basement, Liesel’s world is both opened up and closed down.
In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.
The Book Thief is a well known book, and one I had heard mentioned on several occasions growing up. Being an avid reader people kept recommending that I read it. However, despite my love of reading, when I saw the size of the book I kept putting it off. When the movie came out I watched it, and so at last I knew what the hype was about. I was determined to read the book one day, but again, I kept putting it off. Until I made a new friend, and as it turned out this was their favourite book, and so they lent it to me, insisting I read it. So I finally did. I knew I would enjoy the book, but damn, was it a good book. I loved it!! I really did enjoy it more than I thought I would.
I loved the structure of the book, with the little side stories that the narrator would tell and the notes to give more information. It kept the book entertaining, and it helped to break up what could have easily been a big bulk of text. This also made the size of the book less daunting because it wasn’t just page after page of solid text. It was also exciting as well when you could see the bold text of the ‘side note’ coming up, wondering what information it would hold.