Oh my. I don't even know what to write about this excellent book. I am still in awe of what I just finished reading. I laughed, cringed, winced, and cried (cried, cried, cried). I was completely mesmerized with Liesel's story. I was blown away at how talented a writer Zusak (whose work I had never read until now) is. He created a novel that was so engaging I couldn't even concentrate on anything else. I just wanted to read and read and do nothing else. I hadn't read a book this good in such a long time and this one really knocked me over. I absolutely am in love with The Book Thief and will be telling all of my family and friends about it. In fact, I am sure that I will be gifting this book to quite a few people this year. Just thinking about this book brings a smile to my face because it awakened something in me that had been dormant for quite some time now. It awakened my hunger for literature. Don't get me wrong, I love to read and am always looking for new reads wherever books are sold, but lately I hadn't really been impressed or inspired by anything that I'd been reading. I mean truly inspired, to the point where all I want to do is read and be intellectually and emotionally stimulated by literature (like when I was in grad school). Like when you discover something new to you and all you want is that one thing, because you need to satisfy your craving. Well, I guess the books I had been reading lately weren't up to scratch and well, The Book Thief showed me that great books are out there, I just need to find them. So, now I am on the look out for new reads that will inspire me to read even more. If you have any recommendations for some amazing reads, leave me a comment and let me know!
By the by, here is a synopsis of the book for those of you who have yet to read it (taken from the back of The Book Thief):
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. By her brother's graveside, Liesel Meminger's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Grave Digger's Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father , learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever there are books to be found. But these are dangerous times. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up and closed down.
I'm not going to write a review, but just urge everyone to pick up a copy and read this wonderful book. Enjoy the excellent writing, memorable characters, and captivating story for yourself.
And as for me, I'm back to reading TBK. Happy Reading!!!