Spoiler Warning

Book reviews and discussions may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk!

Monday, March 1, 2010

March's Book Club Selection--Love Memzy


Here is it. I don't even want to say too much about it. The only thing I'll say is that this book ranks in my top 3 favorite books of all time. EASY. I'll just give you the amazon run down here:

Grade 9 Up–Zusak has created a work that deserves the attention of sophisticated teen and adult readers. Death himself narrates the World War II-era story of Liesel Meminger from the time she is taken, at age nine, to live in Molching, Germany, with a foster family in a working-class neighborhood of tough kids, acid-tongued mothers, and loving fathers who earn their living by the work of their hands. The child arrives having just stolen her first book–although she has not yet learned how to read–and her foster father uses it, The Gravediggers Handbook, to lull her to sleep when shes roused by regular nightmares about her younger brothers death. Across the ensuing years of the late 1930s and into the 1940s, Liesel collects more stolen books as well as a peculiar set of friends: the boy Rudy, the Jewish refugee Max, the mayors reclusive wife (who has a whole library from which she allows Liesel to steal), and especially her foster parents. Zusak not only creates a mesmerizing and original story but also writes with poetic syntax, causing readers to deliberate over phrases and lines, even as the action impels them forward. Death is not a sentimental storyteller, but he does attend to an array of satisfying details, giving Liesels story all the nuances of chance, folly, and fulfilled expectation that it deserves. An extraordinary narrative.

Enjoy! I cannot. Wait. For. You. To. Read. It!!!


Annie said...

No Way!! I'm not even kidding when I tell you that I have this book sitting on my desk at work as I sit here typing this comment. I had no idea...It must be meant to be that I actually participate in this months book club.

Memzy said...

It's destiny!

Landee said...

I might read this again. You know, to refresh. It's. That. Good.

Urmston Mom said...

Love-Love this book! Enjoy all you readers.

Jenny ESP said...

One of my all time favorite books! Superb! Can't wait for the discush.

Flem said...

Yep me too. Awesome stuff, good pic memz.