Friday, January 17, 2014

"The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak

It never ceases to astound me how a book, whether it's thirteen pages or over a thousand, can resonate within you and leave you with one word on your lips: "Wow."
That was my reaction after reading "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak. My next thoughts were of handing the book to my dad with that wide-eyed look of conviction and simply saying, "Read this." Coming just under seven hundred pages, Mr. Zusak has woven together a tale of sorrow, friendship, and discovery, and it is these elements combined with the incredible characters and haunting imagery that make this book a masterpiece. Even the most proficient reader will find themselves needing to just sit back and reflect on what they just read. Although it was a bit difficult to wrap my head around the first few pages, once I got into the rhythm it was easy to see things the way the author wanted you to see them: characters, expressions, colors.
Read "The Book Thief." Read it and don't look back, because once you begin this journey, the only way you will want to go is forward.


1 comment:

  1. I feel the same way about the movie as you do the book. I saw the movie before purchasing the book. I couldn't believe how the "professional critics" trashed the movie. The story moved me like few ever have. The power of a story to touch people's hearts should never be dismissed. People can have their mindless shoot-em-up, bang-em-up super hero "action" flick. The Book Thief touched me, moved me, had me pondering it long after I left the theater. As am author, that's the kind of power I want my stories to have.