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October 15, 2011

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a bookish day for me

by Andrea O'Connell

Here it is almost midnight and I am just now thinking of writing.

I’ve spent most of the day reading one of the loveliest and most heartbreaking novels that I’ve ever read.  I’m taking a little rest right now even though I have only the epilogue left, I had to stop reading because of the tears – I couldn’t continue reading because I couldn’t see, and the darn tears wouldn’t stop.   Tears are dry now. I have a leftover headache, though.

The book is The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, published in 2007.  I don’t know how I missed this one, but I only just learned about it as I was searching for books set in World War II.

It’s been a while since a book has affected me like this.

It takes place during Hitler’s rise to power.  It’s a story of a young girl growing up in the outskirts of soon to be war-torn Munich…

I felt like I was there – the characters are so beautifully drawn by the author I could almost smell the dirty clothes they wore, taste the horrible soup, and feel the pain of the young boy, Rudy, who desperately wanted just one kiss from the protagonist, Leisel.   The characters a full and rich and I will probably never forget them.

The narrator of the story is the character, Death. There’s a running commentary from Death.  It’s particularly chilling when Death talks about the six million souls he had to carry out of life during the war.

I hope you’ll have a chance to pick it up. You won’t be sorry.  Every word is glorious.

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  1. Oct 16 2011

    I’m drawn to novels written in the WW2 era. Though its been a very long time since I’ve read a novel in that era-like the Summer of My German Soldier written in 1973.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summer_of_My_German_Soldier

    To this day I’ve not read a book that so held my interest. The movie didn’t even come close to the novel, either.

    What a horrible time in history-all because one man incited people to hate the rich Jews with his propaganda. I see shades of that again today-hatred of Jews and Christians are on the rise in our own country now thanks to the OWS-ers. :sad:.

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    • Oct 16 2011

      Hi Sherry! Me too, I’m always drawn to WWII stories. Thanks for the suggestion of that book! I’ve already downloaded it. 🙂 I’m debating what to read next…. Something light this time!

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  2. Ginny
    Oct 16 2011

    Just downloaded it for my Kindle! I can’t wait to read it! Thank so much for telling us about it.

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    • Oct 16 2011

      Hi Ginny! Wonderful! You will love it, I’m sure! It takes a couple of pages to get to know the writer’s style…once you do though, you’ll not be able to put it down!

      Reply

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