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Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Book Thief

I just came from a heartbreak.

F*** you Markus Zusak. I hope you are now aware how many people could have hated you so much for writing a terribly depressing but brilliantly written novel. 550 pages. Five hundred fifty gripping pages. Tearing my soul page by page. I am amazed how you can actually create such a simultaneously beautiful and heartbreaking story. I don't know how you're doing it, but just keep it up. You sir, are a genius.

I am so sad. Now what?

I don't really blog about books unless they are really amazing. Now you know why this post is written. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to have a good cry. This book is about the holocaust/WWII but painted on a different picture. If you like a fast read and happy endings, then this book is not for you. But really, if you haven't read it, stop what you are doing and read this book.

The summary:
Narrated by Death, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a young foster girl living outside of Munich in Nazi Germany.  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, 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. 
In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

And oh by the way, Death (the narrator) is such a spoiler, you'll notice that he really doesn't like mysteries and tells you what will happen ahead. But when that event comes, no matter how much you know of the things that will happen, you will find yourself unable to evade pain like a spear that will pierce your heart. The characters, the words, they just feel so real.
You are a true Word Shaker, Markus.

What should I read next? I think I'll stay away from holocaust stories for awhile. I don't think I'd be able to take a new heartbreak.


  1. The author must be really good because you are moved this much! :) It has been a long time since I last read fiction books.

    1. Yes he is, it's not all the time that a book can nudge me. But this one did. :)

  2. I think the mark of a good author is he can sway his readers emotions and looks like he was an effective one.

  3. a friend lent me this book...i started reading but cried after a few pages because it's so heart wrenching so i stopped...and that was 4 years ago. i've read lots of good reviews about it so will try to read it soon :-)

    1. Yes, it was really heart wrenching. I've never cried from a book before. Just this one. :)