Chapters: 88; S/m/l
Genre: Fiction/Historical Drama
“Zusak doesn’t sugarcoat anything, but he makes his ostensibly gloomy subject bearable the same way Kurt Vonnegut did in ‘Slaughterhouse Five’: with grim, darkly consoling humor” – Time
Description: Germany, 1939, a young girl is adopted after her brother dies and her mother leaves. She takes up the habit of stealing book from multiple places so her new father can teach her to read. As she grasps the stories before her and makes friends with one of her neighbours a sudden chaos is thrown into her and her family’s life. A Jewish man shows up on their doorstep and they must take him in and hide him from the horrors of the Nazis. The story is narrated by Death.
“I climbed through the windshield of the truck, found the diseased man, and jumped out the back. His soul was skinny. His beard was a ball and chain. My feet landed loudly in the gravel, though not a sound was heard by a soldier or prisoner. But they could all smell me.” (389)