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Tuesday, April 13, 2010
I don't usually read books fast. I tend to start one book, flip to another...with a son, work, school, blogging and LIFE, it's hard to get through a book fast! The Book Thief was the exception. I read it in just a few days! Now it definitely doesn't directly relate to health or even the environment, but I was whisked on a journey and found inspiration in Liesel's (the main character) story.
The book is narrated by Death which at first threw me for a loop and I wasn't sure what to make of this. But trust me: 60 pages in (the book has 550 pages), and you'll be hooked!
The book takes place in Germany, before and during World War II. I don't want to give away too many details but I really like this quote from The Book Thief's website. "A life-changing tale of the cruel twists of fate and the coincidences on which all our lives hinge, this is also a joyous look at the power of words and the ability of books to nourish the soul."
The kindness that is portrayed in this book and the innocence is amazing. I love being inspired by a good book and I just wanted to say that it's not only 'health' books that inspire me! A great adventure or deeply moving book does it too! I found so much admiration and love for Liesel's character and discovered a new-found appreciation for leading and loving all mankind in the way that I do.
So if you have time and are looking for a good book, I recommend The Book Thief! Don't look at the wikipedia description of the book because it gives away WAY TOO MUCH! You want to be a part of the journey, full of predictions and wonder. Wikipedia will ruin that! Don't go there! Instead, I will give you one last quote from the back of the novel: "By her brother's graveside, Liesel Meminger's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Grave Digger's Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordian-playing foster father, learns to read...When Liesel's foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up and closed down"