The Book Thief
The Book Thief is a story about a young girl living with her foster parents, her desire to read and how this urge to read connects her to people and comforts people, as well. This story is set during the World War II in Germany, and has been written by Markus Zusak and narrated by death. The story is compelling, emotional and intriguing, and contains innocence, friendship, humanity and also some violence, torture and crime.
Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside the city of Munich. While coming to her foster parents, she lost her brother, and she knows no one in the town. The Nazis are hunting down the Jews and turning everything that belongs to Jews into ashes. In one such situation, the Nazis are burning down some books and Liesel grabs a half burnt book from there without anybodys knowledge. She takes it home, but does not know how to read. Her foster father comes to her rescue, with whom she learns the power of words in their basement. They fill the walls of the b ... See more
Liesels fondness towards reading takes her closer to the mayors wife to whom she goes to deliver the laundry. The majors wife gives her books to read, but one day, the laundry stopped and Liesel has no more access to the books. It is then that she starts to steal, and that is why she is the book thief. She also reads out to a sick Jewish man who has taken shelter in her house, so as to keep him company and entertained, and the man finally wakes up after days of high fever. Towards the end of the book, the war turns more violent, and the town is bombed, and everyone has to hide in a basement. During this time, the only thing that keeps everyone away from falling out and panicking is Liesels story that she continues to tell amidst the sound of loud explosions.
Markus Zusak is an Australian born writer. He has received critical acclaim for his book, The Book Thief, which has been translated into more than 40 languages... See less
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