Book Club December 2019
Next month we will explore an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
The story tangles the lives of a girl, some words, an accordionist, a sharp-tongued mother, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery, all under the curious eyes of Death itself.
In a Germany under the turmoil of World War II, main character Liesel feels that she has nothing to relate to, until she founds a book. The thing is, Liesel doesn’t know to read, yet she feels instantly fascinated by the power of words.
Under the caring love of her foster father, a former German soldier during World War I, accordion player and painter, Liesel learns to read and to trust again.
The book presents language, reading and writing as symbolic elements of expression and freedom, providing identity and personal liberation to those who have, or who gain, the power of literacy, "the true power of words".
By stealing books Liesel is rescuing them from the ultimate evil, the burning fire, and in doing so she is reclaiming her freedom and stating her resistance against the controlling dictatorship of state.
Happy reading :)
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