November online ebook club – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Cyan Magenta Yellow BlackAfter a couple of months of non-fiction, this month we are going to read a work of fiction. The Book Thief is Australian author Markus Zusak’s bestselling novel about Liesel Meminger, a young girl growing up in Germany during World War II. Liesel is sent to live with foster parents, Hans and Rosa Hubermann after her father is presumably taken away for being a communist and her mother cannot care for her and her brother. Her brother dies on the journey to their new home and Liesel is left alone. At her brother’s funeral, Liesel steals her first book and continues the thievery in her new town. Helped by her foster father, Hans, who teaches her to read Leisel develops a  love of books and words. Liesel’s world is soon changed when the Hubermann’s start hiding a young, Jewish man in their basement and this will shape the way she sees the world.

Here are some questions to help get the discussion started;

1. What do you think about the novel being narrated by ‘Death’? Do you think it made a difference to the way you viewed the story?

2. Zusak has a very poetic writing style? Did this enhance the reading experience for you? Were there any passages you particularly enjoyed?

3. At one stage in the book, Death says ‘I am haunted by humans’. What do you think Death means by this?

4. Do you think the story that Max gives Liesel for her birthday has any significance?

5. How does the book compare to the movie?

You can download the ebook or eaudiobook from BorrowBox.

I hope you enjoy this month’s ebook and I’d love to hear your thoughts in the the comments below.