The Book Thief

Blegh.  I was about to write a really long and sad post about The Holocaust.

We all know how horrific it was.

No need to go there.

Instead, simply read The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak.

This book was beautiful and made me bawl.  Multiple times.

What interested me the most was that the narrator was Death and the protagonist was a German girl in the Hitler Youth program.  Wha?!?  Exactly.  It will surprise you.  And even if it doesn’t surprise you, it will move you.

Next month’s book club book is 1984, by George Orwell.  Feel free to read it with me!  Maybe it could generate some discussion.  I will be writing about it near the end of October.  Be prepared.

Have you read The Book Thief? What were your thoughts?  Do you think Holocaust stories have been played out?

What’s next on your reading list?

-Mads

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4 thoughts on “The Book Thief

  1. I recently finished read another Holocaust book called the Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman. It is the true-story of a Polish zookeeper family saved the lives of hundreds of people from the Nazis.

    Holocaust stories will never play out since it impacted the lives of millions of people so drastically, each with their own compelling story. Their stories draw us in, reminding us how resilient we are and how mankind can do such horrific things to each other.

  2. Some of the most compelling Holocaust-related titles are from perspectives other than camp inmates–people like the Franks who literally hid, those who survived on false Aryan papers, Jews who escaped to England and the Americas, non-Jewish observers, and second-generation survivors. I don’t want to belittle the experiences of those who survived Auschwitz, but these alternate stories have a lot to teach about the impact of the Shoah and the war in general. Some of the more popular ones these days seem to be written by descendants of survivors, as they struggle to understand their parents’ and grandparents’ experiences and post-war life; a good example is Art Spiegelman’s graphic novel Maus.

    Shameless plug: the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has an excellent library and bookstore with fiction and non-fiction works on many topics, including the many different victims of the Holocaust, war crimes, and human rights. http://bit.ly/a2J2Bx

    • Thanks for the info! I really liked Maus, but I read it when I was too young to truly understand most of it.
      I’ve read a couple on that library list, but I would love to check out some more.

      I already put Leann’s suggestion in my Amazon cart!

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