Ravishing, and brutally emotional— a true masterpiece.
A powerful account of Leisel Meminger; a girl with a tired heart, and a story of life in Germany during WW2. Death is—quite brilliantly—established as the narrator, this way Zusak manages to take the reader and bluntly thrust one into the world of Leisel. A world all at once so ugly and so beautiful. So hopeful and so devastating. The plot and the storyline that we know of, are simply that; a description. But its, in a sense, so poetic and so engaing, that its truly all one needs to break down in tears or in laughter. It has everything, even a sort of dark humor—all thanks to our weary narrator, baffled with us strange creatures. But the sort of messages that it delivers are haunting statements of human psyche, ones that I'm bound to never forget. Not to mention the new perspective and empathy of what many Germans at the time went through, jewish or not. Educational, and yet a character-centered tale that is a must-read for both teenagers and adults, despite the tragic and jarring themes or language. It is, in fact, because of those that its a 'must'. Because Zusak delivers them so intentionally (and in a somehow youthful manner) for one to truly experience Leisel's ugly, beautiful world of human misery and happiness.
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