One of my favorites! This book is unsettling in its nuances and how it displays a great cause/fight like feminism can become twisted and used for pervOne of my favorites! This book is unsettling in its nuances and how it displays a great cause/fight like feminism can become twisted and used for perverse purposes. There are just enough hints from reality and history to make me anxious and nervous about how life could have been or could still be....more
Since college I have always learned to appreciate an interesting narrative perspective and Zusak certainly delivered this to mePlease read this book.
Since college I have always learned to appreciate an interesting narrative perspective and Zusak certainly delivered this to me. What a wonderful book about a German family living on the outskirts of Munich during WWII, oh and the book is told from Death's perspective. Why Death? Well, Death finds the autobiography of a fourteen-year-old German girl and comes to admire her almost but he/she also puts in their own perspective and adroitly discusses the damage of WWII and Hitler.
With Death's commentary the book looks at the life of Leisel Meiminger, a book thief, after she is dropped off at the home of her foster parents, the Hubermanns, after her Communist mother is probably killed by Hitler's Nazi s and her brother died of sickness on the way. Over time she begins to love her foster parents and the friends she makes there, more importantly a blonde-boy named Rudy Steiner.
Also, her foster father pays an old debt by taking in and hiding a Jewish boy. The friendship that formed was an example of humanity in a war-torn and animalistic Germany. The fact that her papa took him was a rare example of humanity, which this book is full of and I think maybe that is why it is so good. We all have read WWII novels from every angle, but I never stopped to think about it from a non-Jewish German girl who was part of the Hitler Youth Group or more importantly, what Death would think about it.
It is bizarre and beautiful and I hope everyone reads it....more
What a beautiful and captivating story. I found myself amazed, disgusted, angered, and laughing at everything in this memoir. So well-written and so mWhat a beautiful and captivating story. I found myself amazed, disgusted, angered, and laughing at everything in this memoir. So well-written and so matter-of-fact for such a disturbing and outrageous story.
Jeannette Walls' memoir begins with a story from when she was around three and cooking hotdogs for herself, a common occurrence, when her dress caught on fire and she was badly burned and taken to the hospital where her parents thought she didn't belong there, though the girl had skin grafts. The stories of Jeannette Walls life and those of her brother and sisters have similar moments of neglect and how the children survived and sometimes thrived despite their parents and sometimes because of them. It is amazing how parents who love their kids so much can abuse them and set them up for failure.
This story is amazing and you should read it to learn survival, self-sufficiency, intelligence, and pluck can conquer all, even too much love and not enough parenting. It makes all the issues and grievances I ever had against my parents seem petty....more