The Book Thief

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Markus Zusak
Jan 2007
�When she came to write her story, she would wonder exactly when the books and the words started not just to mean something, but everything.�

Opening with the cruel death of Liesel Meminger�s brother on the epoch of a new life as the two children were to be fostered to the Hubermanns, the book is set in Nazi Germany and examines the extremes of human behaviour, from absolute intolerance and hatred to the benevolence of generosity and love against the harshest, most repressive of political and social regimes.

Paranoia regarding the seditious nature of literature gives ready emphasis to the act and the art of reading both in a metafictional sense, as Liesel encounters a variety of personal, political and polemical writings and recordings, and for the reader of Zusak�s book, who piece together the overall picture.

Though fragmented in terms of the narrative � for the most part split between Liesel�s story and Death�s aching attempts to comprehend the nature of a humanity that he is fearful of, but that necessarily delineates his own role and purpose � indelible images are burnt upon mind and memory.

Death�s narration bleeds a beauty and tenderness into the novel, but also an incredibly intense pain. Yearning for comprehension in amongst atrocities that are incomprehensible, the novel is lastingly affecting and inspires depths of compassion.

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