Monday, August 29, 2016

The Book Thief

Several words can describe this book.  Death, survivor, evil and loss are just a few.  The Book Thief tells the story of Liesel Meminger, a young German girl in Nazi territory.   It takes place between 1939-1943 on a cobble stone path called Himmel Street in a small fictional town of Molching Germany during the Holocaust.  How can someone who's lost so much still carry on?   Liesel's real mother was a communist and most likely killed.  We never learned about her father other than he was most likely a communist also.  Her brother dies on the train to the Foster parents house.

Liesel, her Foster parents Hans and Rosa, the Jewish man Max that they hide from the Nazis and her best friend and neighbor Rudy Steiner lived in fear during World War II.  Liesel and Max are the only ones that survive and reunite after the war when Max comes to Alex Steiner's, Rudy's father tailor shop looking for Liesel where she was working.  The story ends there for Max which is frustrating.  Leaving you wondering did they marry.  Liesel on the other hand goes on to live a happy life in Sydney Australia with a  husband, no name and three kids and grandkids.  Is her husband Max???