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.
This book is just Wow! Heart wrenching, amusing, entertaining, it’s got it all. And it’s Death telling you Liesel’s story. Liesel is a young girl living through the war and years of Nazi rule in Germany. The difference between this book and others about the same period is that Liesel isn’t just struggling to survive the war, she’s living. She’s a young girl, she plays, laughs, runs, gets in trouble, and uses her wiles to get things that she wants or needs.
Did I say Death is telling the story? Yes, I did. Death is the narrator, he’s haunted by humans and especially by Liesel. He seems to run into her many many times, whether he wants to or not. But, because of his constant connection to Liesel he is able to tell you her story, with insight.
This book will join ‘my favourites’ list along with Beasts of New York. It’s not a long list, and it has to be a memorable book to be added. I’m even contemplating it as a Christmas gift.
You can buy this book at Chapters.