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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
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May 01, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: historical-fiction, ya-lit, death, coming-of-age

Zusak's novel is a powerful look at one small town in Germany and one small girl in the midst of World War II. Liesel is adopted into a new life, complete with parents and friends, and eventually a run-away Jew in the basement. In a hard life where she's lost her mother and brother, Liesel finds some solace in stealing books. With her books and her papa she learns to read and learns about life and its importance. Narrated by Death himself, Book Thief follows one girl's growing up in an upside down world where you can taste words, feel abstractions, and sympathize with Death. The fragmented writing style and sometimes nonsensical descriptors brilliantly mirror Germany's fragmentation and confusion. This is a beautiful, moving novel.
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