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In a perfect world, I would hope that this book is ...
on December 12, 2017
The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak has sold over ten million copies. In a perfect world, I would hope that this book is read by a billion people, starting with children in the sixth grade and working its way up to people of all ages. This is the best book I have read by an author over the last ten years, excluding non-fiction and historical biographies. It is by no means a piece of high literature, which one might associate with writers like Proust, D.H Lawrence, Conrad, or Dickens, but it is just as compelling and its creative force and greatness lies in an unbelievable cast of characters, an amazing story, and an honesty that rings out loudly and clearly. I've read many great books that have dealt with the second World War and the Holocaust, but I don't know any that have touched me quite like this book. This is a book that should be required reading. "Words" are very important and how they are used can make the difference between life and death, war and destruction, happiness and despair. I shed many tears while reading this book, and laughed many times, and the rollercoaster of emotions I experienced were well earned by the masterful storytelling and writing by its author. AMAZING!!!!