the book thief

The Book Thiefpenny's book circle kicked off year two in february, and i'm already behind.  i requested february's book at the library ages ago, and it's still not in, but i'm not in a place to judge.  i just finished january's the book thief by markus zusak, and not only is it overdue, i couldn't renew it because someone else requested it.

glass houses, stones, what-have-you.

anyhow, the book thief:  good!  i highly recommend it.

a summary, care of the narrator, Death:
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.
the story takes place during world war II.  yes, it is narrated by Death, often quite poetically.  the book thief is an impoverished foster child, and her story is a tale of heartbreak and the gruesomeness of war, but also of much humanity, kindness, and love for the written word.

you should read it.

i should go to library and take it back.


Kelly Miller said...

That is the toughest part of using the library. I currently boast a $10 late fee for taking too long to return a book about AIDS in the developing world despite reading the dang thing in just a few days.

This is on my list if I ever pay that fee.

Debbie said...

One of my favorite books! Love that one.

Penny said...

I'm still waiting for that one :) I'm now 39 of 136 holds. Anyway, it'll get here eventually. I just got the James Belich one and it's huge... hoping to read it fast enough.

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