The English Book Club will be meeting the week after Spring Break, on March 23, 2011, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in G-5 Delaney Hall.
We’ll be discussing The Book Thief by Markus Zusack. The thief is a young girl, the setting is World War II Germany, and the narrator is none other than Death. This Printz-award winner is a book for adults both young and old. Please see Kelly in the main office to borrow copies of The Book Thief.
English Club President Liz Elmore wrote this rave review of the book:
Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief is far more than it seems. Although labeled as a novel for young adults, The Book Thief possesses far more depth than most books written for adults. The story’s narrator, Death, gives the reader a unique perspective, and is particularly apt for the book’s setting of Germany in the midst of World War II.
Death tells us the story of Liesel, a foster-child attempting to have a normal childhood amidst the chaos of the world around her. Surrounding Liesel are several other amazing characters, such as Max Vandenburg, a Jewish man (and astonishing storyteller) hidden away in the basement of Liesel’s foster parents.
The book is difficult to describe simply because of its multitude of important themes and characters, but one thing is certain: this is definitely worth reading. Even the prose itself is beautiful. At times hilarious, and other times tragic, The Book Thief will resonate with you for a long time after you’ve finished its final pages.
Department of English