It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.
This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.
Wow. This book was different for me, but in a really good way.
It isn't what I would consider a page turner. You won't rush through the book trying to get to the end, or at least I didn't.
It's deeper than that. The characters draw you in and the world Zusak has created comes to life. You fall in love with them. You befriend them. You get a taste of life during their time, what it means to be hungry, what it means to be scared, what it means to hide a Jew. But the amazing thing about this book is that it never feels heavy. You experience some very unsettling things, but the way they are presented leaves you hopeful. It makes you think.
Did it make me cry? Yes. Did I love the beauty of every page? Yes. Could it have ended any other way? I really don't think so.
In my mind, this is a must read and I don't believe you can appreciate how great this book is until you get to the very end and see things full circle. There's beauty in the journey and in the conclusion.