Summary: Death marches across the world gathering the souls that leave this earth and he becomes enthralled with Liesel Meminger, a little girl that watches her brother die and is turned over to foster care. It's Germany on the verge of World War II. Liesel procures The Gravedigger's Handbook from those who bury her brother and thus begins her book thieving career. We join Death on her journey with new parents, book stealing, her boyfriend Rudy, Max the Jew in her basement, and the mayor's wife.
Review: This story drew me in from page one. Markus Zusak has a wonderful way with words.
"I walked in, loosened his soul, and carried it gently away." "Somewhere, far down, there was an itch in his heart, but he made a point not to scratch it. He was a afraid of what might come leaking out." "Burning words were torn from their sentences."These are just a few sentences that convey his beautiful imagery in this book. This is a very different perspective on Germany during World War II and the Holocaust. It was great to see the side of Germans that were against Hitler and wanted to protect those that needed it. I felt that Zusak captured Germany during that time; what it was like to be a non-Jewish German, a young adult, poor, watching your world fall apart around you, seeing the cruelty of war and intolerance, and yet trying to make sense of it all. This is a story that needs to be told and it is beautiful, heart-wrenching, sad, and yet hopeful.