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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
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Jan 21, 11

really liked it
bookshelves: ya, read-for-book-club
Recommended to Anthony by: Teresina Jonkoski
Read from November 27 to December 04, 2010 — I own a copy , read count: 1

This was our office book club's second pick. I had no problem finishing this one. Young Liesl Meminger, on her way to a foster home in 1939 Nazi Germany, steals a book from a graveyard and becomes "the book thief." Death narrates Liesl's story in a style that I found unique and interesting. What amazed me about my reaction to the book is that Death tells you, repeatedly, that certain characters are going to die before the book is over ... and yet even though I knew it was coming, those deaths still brought tears to my eyes. I became emotionally invested partially because of the narratorial style and partially because of how well-drawn the characters are. It's so easy, with Nazi Germany / Holocaust stories, to fall into stereotypes and Zusak largely avoids that. Definitely one of my favorite books of the year.
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