Words capture horror of Naziism

Susan Rife’s Sunday review of The Book Thief in the Herald Tribune.

Lovers of language may find themselves, as I was, instantly captivated by the opening sentences of Markus Zusak’s masterful novel, “The Book Thief:” First the colors. Then the humans. That’s usually how I see things. Or at least, how I try.

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  1. I especially liked the word pictures that the author painted. It took me a while to get into the book, but once I noticed these word pictures, I looked forward to how the author would paint them on each page. It was a very moving story and, I’m sure, not much different from real life near Munich during those horrendous years. Just as we all go through very difficult times in our lives, most of us can look back on some happy, colorful, ‘picturesque’ details that would want to be remembered not only for ourselves, but for others. I was happy that the foster father learned how to play his friend’s accordian. That instrument led me to meet my husband over 40 years ago!

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