*The Book Thief

by Markus Zusak | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780375842207 Global Overview for this book
Registered by HoserLauren of Burlington, Ontario Canada on 11/11/2008
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3 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I received this as a birthday present!

From Chapters:
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.

Journal Entry 2 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Sunday, June 07, 2009
Liesel Meminger is brought to the Hubermann family in Nazi Germany in 1939 after her brother just died. No one explains to her why she is being separated from her mother, but her foster family of Rosa and Hans takes Liesel in and tries to make her feel like part of their family. Leisel becomes friendly with Rudy Steiner and he becomes her partner in crime. The crime is that Liesel is a book thief.

Before she even knew how to read, Liesel stole her first book during her brother's burial. As her stepfather teaches Liesel how to read and write, she falls in love with the written word and steals more books as she needs them.

Set with WWII as the backdrop, this book brings an interesting perspective to the war, which is that of a teenage German girl with Jewish sympathies. The relationships between the characters is what makes this book such a page turner. Yet at the same time, you know that the story is not going to end happily and you wonder just what is going to happen.

I know I'm a little late to read this book. I think it was a top seller a few years ago. I'm happy to have gotten around to it now though, it was a great book and I would recommend it!

Journal Entry 3 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Mailed today to my birthday partner!

Journal Entry 4 by wingnimrodielwing from Evanston, Illinois USA on Sunday, August 30, 2009
I received this book for my birthday and was lax at journaling it.

It traveled to Indianapolis and back, and due to a small cover accident when packed I kept this for at home reading times. As such I was able to read this one slowly like the story deserved.

I was moved to tears by this story several times. And finding out that this was written due to the stories that the author heard his mother tell him while growing up about how the Nazi's used to march Jews and other prisoners through her town when she was a child during WWII Germany made the story even more poignant.

I know exactly who to pass it on to, hopefully she doesn't have a copy yet.

Journal Entry 5 by WestofMars from Mars, Pennsylvania USA on Wednesday, September 23, 2009
This was quite the surprise, all right! I picked it up yesterday from my PO Box and am delighted by it. I've heard wonderful things about it -- now, to see if those things are true! Thanks, Nim! (and Hi to Hoser, who I miss dearly)

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