vrijdag 25 maart 2011

50 Books Challenge - # 16: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Title: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Story: Liesel Meminger is a young foster girl living outside of Munich in Nazi Germany. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she discovers something she can't resist- books. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever they are to be found.
With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, Liesel 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.
Start: march 19th 2011
End: march 25th 2011
Comment: A highly anticipated novel that I've been wanted to read for a while. I had a hard time getting used to the writing style. Once I did, I thought it was a great reading experience. The way it was told, from Deaths point of view, is very original. The story doesn't only tell you about the war, but also about the power of books and words. It is a slow read, so don't read it with the intention of finishing it very quikly. It took me a while as well, you just need some time to get into it.
I liked the relationship between Liesel and Hans. He tought her how to read and she developed a passion for books. I think those two were also my favorite characters in the book. When I started reading "The Book Thief" I didn't understand the hype. As the story developed I liked it more. It's not one of my favorites and not one of the best ones I read, but it's a well written novel that I did enjoy.
Rating: 3,5/ 5

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