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Monday, 31 December 2007

The Book Thief - Markus Zusak


This is a brilliant book. It is narrated by Death and is set in Germany during WWII. Do not let this put you off. I found it utterly fascinating and it is a fantastic book for a reading group. It is about moral dilemmas, whether you would value your family first over the people you do not know, about loss, betrayal, the sacrifices that war brings to everyone, and how a nation could be persuaded/bullied into turning a blind eye. It was the last book that we read at Westbourne Library's reading group and we talked for over an hour about the themes and issues that this book raised.

The Holocaust Memorial trust has some excellent Reading Group questions, here is the link

http://www.hmd.org.uk/files/1216725956-214.pdf

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