The "Book Thief" by Markus Zusak social discussion

A review:
Zusak has created a work that deserves the attention of sophisticated teen and adult readers. Death himself narrates the World War II-era story of Liesel Meminger from the time she is taken, at age nine, to live in Molching, Germany, with a foster family in a working-class neighborhood of tough kids, acid-tongued mothers, and loving fathers who earn their living by the work of their hands.

The child arrives having just stolen her first book–although she has not yet learned how to read–and her foster father uses it, The Gravediggers Handbook, to lull her to sleep when shes roused by regular nightmares about her younger brothers death.

Across the ensuing years of the late 1930s and into the 1940s, Liesel collects more stolen books as well as a peculiar set of friends: the boy Rudy, the Jewish refugee Max, the mayors reclusive wife (who has a whole library from which she allows Liesel to steal), and especially her foster parents.

Zusak not only creates a mesmerizing and original story but also writes with poetic syntax, causing readers to deliberate over phrases and lines, even as the action impels them forward. Death is not a sentimental storyteller, but he does attend to an array of satisfying details, giving Liesels story all the nuances of chance, folly, and fulfilled expectation that it deserves. An extraordinary narrative.

–Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA 
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  • Haruko S.

    Although I hadn't read the book, the discussion was so interesting that I will definitely do so.

    August 21, 2013

  • Sheryl W.

    Joanne & Bunny-Next month we'll meet Sept. 18th. Put it on your calendar!

    August 21, 2013

    • Joanne

      Sounds good.

      August 21, 2013

    • Joanne

      Sounds good.

      August 21, 2013

  • Joanne

    Bummed but can't make it tomorrow. I got some dates really mixed up. Happily watching my granddaughter this weekend, and with work there is much on my plate. Will miss you all, and might have a glass of wine tomorrow night, and toast you all! See you next month, I hope.

    August 20, 2013

  • bunny

    sorry 4got about it & didn't read the book!

    August 20, 2013

  • Sheryl W.

    Shara, Larisa, & Anna- sorry you can't make it but hope to see you next month!

    August 20, 2013

  • Anna M

    Really wanted to make it for my first book club tomorrow but can no longer make it. Hope to meet you next month.

    August 20, 2013

  • larisa

    Unfortunately I won't be able to make it.

    August 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will no longer be able to attend tomorrow's meetup. I'm changing my RSVP to no, and see that there's one person on the waiting list.

    August 19, 2013

  • Cheryl W.

    Fantastic book

    July 20, 2013

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