Thursday, January 7, 2010

Book Report: The Book Thief

The Book Thief is our book club's January choice. Excellent! The theme of this book is World War II's Germany from the perspective of a little girl living in a small German town outside of Munich. We all know the horrors perpetrated by the Nazis. But this book illustrates life for the average non-Jewish German in the early 1940s. As required by the government, Liesel and her friends are members of the Hitler Youth, she witnesses book burnings, suffers through air raids and makes do with war rations.

The book is narrated by Death. Death gives readers a glimpse into the future throughout the book, then the backstory unfolds. Who knew Death could be so eloquent?

Written originally as young adult fiction, the book is profound in its simplicity.


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