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.
I know that this is an immensely popular book and that I will upset some people, but I have to say that I found it to be just okay. I liked the unique perspective of having Death be a first person narrator. That seemed to be the main hook to the story.
The adventures that Rudy and Liesel had were entertaining and my favourite part of the plotline. The rest of the story? Meh. It was slow and rambling often without any clear direction.
2012 Ebook Challenge – book 1