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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
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Dec 30, 11

bookshelves: historical, own
Read from December 20 to 29, 2011

This book was recommended to me by a friend who teaches 10th grade literature - she said it was a must-read that was often overlooked because of its YA classification.

The story is about a young girl who lives in Nazi Germany and who steals books because she longs for the power of words. It is narrated by death, which allows the story to be broader than just the understanding of the main character, which is important.

While the ruinous and loathsomeness of the Nazis is focused on the in the book (how could it be avoided?)the focus is a different segment of the German population - that do not agree with the Nazis but must try to keep their heads and survive - even (and especially) while countering Nazi mandates such as aiding Jewish people.

Death foreshadows many of the darker moments in the book but the author's words still have a tremendous impact when the events occur. A wonderful read.
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