Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

"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….
Narrated by Death, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a young foster girl living outside of Munich in Nazi Germany. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist – books. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever they are to be found.With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, Liesel 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.This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul."

I don't care who the heck you are. Boy, girl, preteen, adult, whatever--you need to read this. There's a reason this book's been a bestseller for so long and is on its way to becoming a classic: it's well-done in every single way. The writing is really powerful; it's not overly descriptive, but it uses ways to say things that are completely different and raw. You'll find no clichés whatsoever.Secondly, when you combine writing of that quality with a setting and situation like this, there's no doubt it'll be an uncommon book. There were new angles to situations that hadn't ever been brought to your attention in this way before, and new images you get of those historical events. And yes, before you ask, it did make me bawl like a baby. I guess that's a hazard of really good books. (Yep, I'm looking at you, Fault in Our Stars). Another thing about this book was that the power of the writing and the story were the main focuses. Suspense wasn't needed; the book was too candid to have been able to pull that off. And it's kind of a testament to the book that I basically knew what was coming from the very beginning, and it still managed to make me cry. Thanks. Thanks a lot. But yeah. Anyway. You can find it at BMS, Sitka High, MEHS, and Kettleson. Go forth!
(Oh hey look, it's my 100th review. *cue tiny confetti shower*)

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