Thursday, March 22, 2012

Book # 19 - the Book Thief

The Book Thief
Markus Zusak
11 CD's Audiorecording

Just finished the book and I thought that this was very clever. Death narrates the life and times in Nazi Germany. The idea at first seemed morbid and depressing but if one persists with this book, one gets to appreciate Death's uncanny sense of humor. For example, he narrated a scene about two people playing cards - tempers flew and one ended up dying. Death said, "It kills me sometimes how people die."

The main character, Liesel Meminger, was a young girl adopted into the home of Hans and Rosa Hubermann. Their family sheltered a Jew named Max, hiding him in their basement. Liesel promised never to reveal their secret, even to her best friend Rudy Steiner. She and Rudy spend their days in one thieving escapade to another, indulging in Liesel's passion for books. They become lovable even in their required Hitler Youth activities.

An excerpt:
Hitler Youth leader: "When was the Fuhrer born?"
Rudy Steiner: "April 20th, 1889, in the year of the Lord, in Bethlehem."

I think that if time and place had allowed it, Liesel and Rudy would have made very good friends with Anne Frank.

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