“The Book Thief”

 

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The book for review is “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak.

Meet our main character Liesel Meminger. She is living with her foster family in a town called Molching and on a street called Himmel which ironically translate to Heaven. With her is a book she found while her brother was being buried, a book for grave diggers. She can’t read but that doesn’t matter.

Her brother is gone and her mother she has no idea where she is. Her world is now in the home of Hans and Rosa Hubermann. They are an older couple who have two grown children. The reason for them taking Liesel is simple. They get a small monthly fee for housing Liesel.

While Rosa is a stern woman who does not give in to sentiments and kindness readily Hans is the complete opposite. Growing up in this world of little food, little work and war is hard for those on this street, a street that is one of the poorest if not the poorest in this area.

Liesel soon makes friends with the neighbor, a boy named Rudy, who is an avid fan of Jesse Owens. Plus she cultivates a strange relationship with the mayor’s wife who has an amazing library. Thanks to her foster-father she is learning to read. At the same times Jews are being kicked out of their homes and their possessions taken away. It is not safe to be a Jew or to help a Jew. One day someone arrives at their home, a Jew. But not just any Jew. One that Hans has promised to help.

I saw the movie for this book and enjoyed it so much I knew I had to read the book. I’m glad I did. It gave me more insight than the movie was able to do. The characters were amazingly written to where they leaped off the page. The story line, the tension and the words were wonderful. I am so glad I decided to pick it up.

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