What is Zusak, therefore, saying about the power
of the written word? What power does
language bring to Liesel, and what does Zusak intend to suggest about the power
of language as a whole?
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (ISBN: 978-0-375-84220-7)
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. . . .
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story
of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel 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 before he is marched to Dachau.
This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.
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