Thursday, June 14, 2007

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Written from the viewpoint of the Grim Reaper, the story is about a young girl growing up in Nazi Germany. At first, I thought: "great, another Ann Frank story". I was pleasantly surprised. The heroine, Liesell Memminger, in the story is a German girl who is living in a foster home. She has lost her brother to illness and her mother has placed her in foster care. Her father was Catholic, which gives the reader an idea as to why the mother gave her to child services.

The story was awesome since it is written by Death. The ending, though, needed some work. It seems that Mr. Zusak's publisher gave him a page limit so he quickly ended the story. Either that or Mr. Zusak is considering another book written by Death. Either way, the story's climax was well worth the read and a surprise, which I can't say that for all authors.

If you have an opinion about this book or any other, post it! I can't wait to read your postings!

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