Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief
Release date: September 18th, 2007
Publisher: Knopf. Imprint of Random House
Genre: Young Adult | Historical Fiction
Pages: 550 Pages
Series: None
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal Library
Reason: Recommended
Find the Author: Facebook
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

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's life is 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 Jew 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.

“I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.”  -Liesel

I did it! I finally read The Book Thief. After so many "You haven't read it yet?!" And "You have to read it now!!" conversations, I finally plucked the book off my shelf, sat down and cracked it open.

There are 2 things I learned while reading this book:

1.That I truly can fall absolutely in love with a character. Not just an "Omg, I love this character" type love. But a love that I would feel as if this person was real. A longing to help and protect this character. I formed a strong bond with Liesel, one that I don't think will ever be broken.

2. That a heart can really break while reading a book. We've all had those moments where we cry for a character. We sympathize with a character. But, my heart actually broke(very slowly) while reading this novel. I could feel the pit in my stomach, while the tears sprang to my eyes.

I have never, ever been so moved by words on a page. The writing style is so simple; it's so bare. Black and white. The simplicity of the writing is what makes it so raw. The author did not need to hide behind any extravagant style. Any unnecessary details. No, the story of Liesel was what needed to be told, and tell it he did. The Book Thief will wiggle it's way to your very core. You will laugh, you will cry. You will get so angry that you'll fight the urge to slam the book down and take a break. This is a true literary masterpiece. A simple story that can surface your deepest emotions.

The Book Thief is the furthest thing from being just a story. The pages will come to life, the words will dance around you. You will be completely engulfed and will devour the novel.

I can't even break down the characters. Liesel may be the main character, but every single character mentioned in this novel plays just as big a role as her. Rudy, Mama, Papa, IIsa, Max...The list goes on. Most of the characters are beautiful. You will care for them, mourn for them and cry with them. But with beauty must come some ugly as well, and there are some ugly characters. One's that will make you cringe. A stunning characters cast!

I am so happy I read this novel, yet so mad that I had waited so long. I will now be the one desperately recommending this book.

If you haven't yet, you simply must!

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  1. "A simple story that can surface your deepest emotions." <-- Yes!!

    I am so so so happy you loved this book. I read it recently as well, and I was so moved by this book. It completely broke me down.

    Here's my review of The Book Thief if you want to see all my thoughts :)

  2. Welcome to the Book Thief club :) So glad you loved it. It truly is a moving novel that EVERYONE should read.

  3. I am SO happy you finally read this book. It is one of my all time favorites and I've read it so many times now - every time I fall a little more in love with it <3


  4. I have had this book on my shelf for too long. As soon as I finish what I am reading now, I am picking it up. You have inspired me. :)

  5. I agree with you. I read this book years ago and it is still with me - amazing and so well written.

  6. Lovely review-this one did not quite resonate with me like it did for so many others but your review is making me want to reread it and find that magic!

  7. I absolutely love this book and I'm so glad that I finally got around to reading it. It is so poignant and in places makes me laugh. My husband has eyesight problems so I read to him and he really is enjoying too. It is so well written! Lately, I have read a few books that I never finished, just couldn't hold my interest. The first chapter would be intriguing, then it fell flat. So, I'm loving this book.

  8. I got more than half way through the book- and then stopped reading. For some reason the "black and white" writing style just wasn't gripping me enough. But wow, you are making me want to start where I left off again! *feels left out of the book thief club* great review!


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