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Book Description via Amazon:
"Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.
Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.
In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time."
I tried hard to get into the book. I read up to the middle of Part 2 and even spent the money to get the audio to see if I could get into the story if someone else was narrating.
I think the main problem was the time period. It was a horrible time in the worlds history and I don't enjoy reading about it. The story would seem out of place if it were set in a different time period though. I was hoping to really enjoy this book since "unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul." from the book description drew me in but I was very sadly disappointed.
About the Author
Mark Zusak has written four other books The Messenger (or I am the Messenger) The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe and When Dogs Cry. The Book Thief has been translated into forty different languages and is became a movie. First released in 2005, The Book Thief has spent a total of 400 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and still remains there eight years after it first came out.
Now I major motion picture The Book Thief (the film adaptation) is directed by Emmy Award-winning Brian Percival (Downton Abbey) and was shot in Berlin by Twentieth Century Fox. The cast is headlined by Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush (Shine, The King's Speech) and Academy Award nominee Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves, Anna Karenina). It also includes exciting new talents Ben Schnetzer, Nico Liersch, and Sophie Nelisse (Monsieur Lazhar), with Nelisse cast as The Book Thief, Liesel Meminger.