Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau. This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.
--from the Random House website


Chapter titles are provided as well as page numbers due to the possibility of different page numbering in varying editions of the book. 

Week One: pages 1--137
Prologue--The Mayor's Library

Week Two: pages 138--276
Enter the Struggler--The Losers

Week Three: pages 277--415
Sketches--The Thought of Rudy Naked

Week Four: pages 416--550
Punishment--The Handover Man

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