Fair warning though: if you like a quick and easy read- this is not for you; if you like happy, fairy tales- this is not for you; but if you like thought-provoking- read it; if you like hauntingly real characters- read it.
Told from the unique perspective of Death, we follow one small little girl during only part of her journey. We watch her grow and affect the lives of those around her.
During the bleak and depressing setting of Nazi controlled Germany, we are reminded of the power of friendship and words.
From the synopsis:
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.