The Book Thief (Unabridged)
by Markus Zusak
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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.
Bittersweet and Beautiful!
'The Book Thief' is easily my favorite book. It's bittersweet, like Death's dark, dark chocolate, and beautifully, richly, even painfully written. Words can't really describe it--you have to read or listen to it. The narrator's voice is perfect--world-weary but full of wonder.
A new classic!!
This book is, for want of a better word, amazing. Zusak makes us THINK, really think, about life vs. death, good vs. evil, etc., unlike some books today (hem hem Twilight.) That is all I have to say-anyway, I suggest not buying the audiobook and reading the real book because 1. it's really expensive and 2. the book is set up in a format unlike any other.
That's what this book was - in the words of my teacher, "surreal." This book will make you cry, it will make you laugh, and it will make you go back and rethink all of your thoughts about everything - life, death, and everything else in between.