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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
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Apr 19, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: favorites, book-club, oldbooks-historicalfiction
Read in March, 2007 , read count: 2

Thank you, Markus Zusak,
for your beautiful words.

This is the story of Liesel Meminger, a little girl who lives in Germany during WWII. She lives with foster parents: Rosa, who possesses an obscene vocabulary, a skill for burning soup and a good heart, and Hans, who plays the accordion and teaches Liesel to read to distract her from her nightmares. She lives next-door to a boy named Rudy, her accomplice in theft and her best friend. She makes friends with Max, the Jew hiding in their basement, with whom she shares a penchant for fighting and another for storytelling.

This story is also about words, about how they are like most humannesses: they can be tools for creation or weapons for destruction. Words become important to Liesel as she learns to read, and she eventually reads out loud to others and then writes down her own story. It is obvious that words are important also to Markus Zusak. He uses them delicately, deliberately, shockingly, soothingly, violently, lovingly. His words give the sky a starring, colorful role; turn emotions into leaping, sliding beings; reveal Death's thoughtfulness and difficult position.

His words tell stories.

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Sarah I was going to write a review and then I read yours. I think I'll just say: See Debbie's.

Debbie I love this book. I worship at the writing desk of Markus Zusak.

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