Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Just finished The Book Thief today. Liesel, an orphaned girl, moves in with Hans and Rosa Huberman. With them she finds love, learns to read and makes friends amidst WWII backdrop. The sign of a truly good book is one that can still make you cry even if you've read it before or peaked at the ending and it still makes you cry. Over and over again. The BT for me was a hard one to start. I'd just been through several other WWII/Holocaust fiction stories and wasn't so sure about starting another. Once I finally got into the story, it was truly hard to stop reading. The narrator proves unique--have you ever read a book that Death narrated before? You fall in love with the characters before you realize that you care and are in love with them. And by the end, I'd reread (some by choice, others by interruption) the same few chapters again and again and it was the same--tears for a beautiful story.

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