1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street.
I ain’t gunna lie to you lovelies, I love books like Joan Rivers love plastic surgery and sass. These are my favourite and best books. Books I've wished I could crawl into the pages of, books I’ve fallen in love with, books that have changed my life, well at least until I put it back on to the shelf.
This week is The Book Thief.
Date of Birth:
14th of March 2006
Death meets nine-year-old Liesel Meminger at her brother's funeral, it is one of many encounters they have. It's 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.
Why it’s Great:
A kick-ass piece of story telling, wonderfully layered with clever narration. It's thought-provoking richly built world and although the idea of thoughtful anthropomorphic death isn't new to me, (I'm a big fan of disc-world) this interpretation was beautifully done. An engaging, thoughtful read with a protagonist that your routing for with every turn of the page.
Best Place to Read:
In a lovely big armchair with a mug of hot chocolate, and the curtains closed.
Dinner Party Prat Fact:
Australian Zusak was inspired to write the book, when his German parents told him about two real life events that happened during the war. A boy giving bread to a starving Jew who was being marched though his town, both of them were whipped because of it and the bombing of Munich.
A small but noteworthy note. I've seen so many young men over the years who think they're running at other young men. They are not. They are running at me.” (Said by Death)
In a Word:
DANGER HASHTAGS ON THE RAMPAGE