Monday, October 30, 2006
111. "The Book Thief" ~ Markus Zusak
Someone mentioned that this was the best book of 2006. I would only hasten to add, one of the best books.
Death speaks and has a sense of humor in WWII Germany. Although his workload has significantly increased, he takes the time to study Liesel, a young girl who is adopted by a wonderful-crazy family where the mother calls everyone a filthy pig in both harsh and loving tones.
Liesel goes to Hitler's Youth meetings, plays soccer in the street, and steals books. Her desire for words is, like mine, insatiable.
Once her family takes in a young Jew and hides him in the basement, Liesel begins to see the world in grayer images. Words are powerful, yet insignificant in the face of war.
Beautifully written with astounding descriptions, this is one of the year's best. Young adult novel? Pshaw. Amazing novel.
4.85 out of 5.0 Tequila Shots, German-style.
Posted by Kristin at 2:56 PM