Friday, June 11, 2010

Book Club: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

From the outside of Dachau, a Nazi concentration camp, looking in.

"Work makes one free."

"Think about how we died here."

Memorial Sculpture

Why the depressing pictures?  Read on...

This was a really good book.  It's the story of a young girl named Liesel in Germany who is sent to live with foster parents during World War II.  The family takes in a young Jewish man and Liesel has to keep her new family's secret. The unique twist on this story is that it is told from Death's perspective.  Death has followed Liesel throughout her life because he has a soft spot for her and her books.  Her life has been riddled with tragedy and heartbreak and what Death finds interesting about her is her love for words and books.  It's a story about people and their relationships, the power of words and books.  This story is so touching. I was sad that I couldn't keep reading about all the characters.  I felt like I knew them.  I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.  I really, truly enjoyed it.   Almost everyone in our book club really liked this book. 

The pictures above are from our trip to Germany a few years ago.  We visited Dachau which is a concentration camp outside of Munich.  That concentration camp was brought up several times throughout this book.  I think the fact that I have been there brought out more emotions than I expected.  As I was uploading those pictures I got goose bumps and teary-eyed all over again like we were standing there again.  You can feel the pain in sorrow in that terrible place.  That was a horrible time in the world's past that will never be forgotten.

Next month...The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, I WISH I were there for your book club! I thought you'd like The Book Thief...I couldn't put it down. I'm reading The Help now...Stayed up entirely too late last night because I couldn't stop reading! :)