Monday, May 02, 2011

Teaser Tuesday 83: The Book Thief

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!

Started reading this one Sunday, as tribute to Holocaust Remembrance week (May 2-8). Am only a quarter of the way through so far, but enjoying it immensely. I've chosen two quotes from this book for the week—I hope you enjoy, and are intrigued enough to pick it up, if you have not read it already.

She was the book Thief without the words.

Trust me, though, the words were on their way, and when they arrived, Liesel would hold them in her hands like the clouds, and would wring them out like the rain.
(pg 80)


Was he really a coward, as his son had so brutally pointed out? Certainly, in World War I, he considered himself one. He attributed his survival to it. But then, is there cowardice in the acknowledgment of fear? Is there cowardice in being glad that you lived?
(pg 106)

The Book Thief
By Markus Zusak

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist—books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.


Jennifer said...

Excellent choice in book and teaser. My TT:

Terra said...

I've been wanting to read this book but now... your choice of teaser makes me want to read it even more! =D

Please check out my Teaser too:

Anonymous said...

Love the teaser from page 30 - very strong.

Jules (The Great, The Good and The Bad) said...

Great teaser!


Sandy Nachlinger said...

Thanks for including a brief synopsis of the book. Sounds like it's worth reading. Good teaser.
Here's mine:

"Confuzzled" Shannon said...

You know I listen to most of this audio version but I couldn't finish it. Maybe I need to just read it. Thanks for sharing!

Beth said...

I really enjoyed this book. My teaser comes is from The Dashwood Sisters Tell All.

Shelley Munro said...

Hmm, I don't think this book is for me. :)

Sarah said...

This is a book I've had on my to-read shelf for so long! I really need to try it. Nice teaser! :)

Here's mine:

Pam (@iwriteinbooks) said...

Mmmm, I've heard SUCH good things about this story. Thanks for sharing. Great teaser!

Marg said...

Fantastic book, and you chose really powerful teasers!

Here is my teaser for this week.

Chel said...

I've heard a lot about this book. I'm reluctant to read this, though. I heard this has quite a tragic ending. Anyhoo, thanks for sharing!

The Procrastinator's Corner

Darkfallen said...

Nice Teaser!!

Wanna see mine and have a chance to win the book? Well what are you waiting for?!?!

Anonymous said...

I've been wanting to read this book, thanks for the great teaser!

My Teaser Tuesday is from Dreamland by Sarah Dessen. Happy Reading! Jen

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

You had me at "foster girl." I love stories about children fighting for what they need. And needing books is something we can relate to!

I've had this one on my wish list.


Julie @ Read Handed said...

This. Sounds. Amazing. Thank you so much for sharing these teasers. If you get a chance, my teaser is here.

Coreena McBurnie said...

I loved that book. Here is mine

Heather said...

Jennifer: Thank you, I agree that it is an excellent book.

Terra: Glad to inspire you to pick up this book. It's one of several that have been sitting on my shelf more than a year that I have finally decided to get to.

tfwalsh: I assume you mean the one from page 80 - that one really resonated with me when I first read it.

Heather said...

Jules: Thank you, and thanks for visiting!

Sandy: I'm glad people appreciate the book blurbs. I know I like reading more about a book when the teaser intrigues me.

Shannon: I do hope you will give the book another try. I find it hard to put down at times, wanting to know what is going to happen.

Heather said...

Beth: I heard so many great things about this book that I am glad to finally get to it.

Shelley: No? Too heavy? I think perhaps you will like next week's book better. *vwg*

Sarah: This one sat on my TBR pile far too long as well. It was a rare gift from the baby sister almost two years ago, and one I really wanted to read, but just never seemed to get round to it. Glad I finally did!

Heather said...

Pam: I've heard a lot about this one, too, and seems like a lot of people are picking it up again.

Marg: Thank you, I'm glad you liked both teasers. *g*

Chel: Nooo! Don't tell me anything about the ending! Though, given the fact that it takes place during WWII, I know there will be many unhappy or difficult scenes ahead.

kaye said...

I've read this book twice and I absolutely love it. Enjoy. Kaye—the road goes ever ever on

Heather said...

Darkfallen: Thank you, and I will be sure to visit you later!

Jennifer S: I hope the teasers have inspired you to seek it out. Though not even halfway through, I have liked what I've read so far.

Laurel-Rain: Glad it has caught your attention. And oh - the scene I read before bed where she sees her first library - Sigh... Methinks it's time for you to move it off the wishlist and onto the TBR pile. ;)

Heather said...

Julie: I wasn't sure if I would like the narrator or format at first, but am glad I finally plucked it off the TBR pile. It's different, but so far quite good.

Coreena: Ah, someone who has read and enjoyed it. Thanks for visiting!

Kaye: Wow, twice? Now that's a recommendation! Thanks for stopping by!

Sally said...

Great teasers. I've heard such great things about this book. I've had it on my tbr pile for ages maybe I should bump it up.

Alice Audrey said...

I've been hearing more and more about this one.

Heather said...

Sally: It's been on my TBR pile for about two years, so don't feel too bad. Glad I finally got round to it, though!

Alice: Though it's been out a few years, this title does seem to be cropping up quite a bit again lately. It's one of those books with long staying power, destined to be a future "classic" I'm sure.

Priya said...

Nice!! I've really wanted to read The Book Thief for a long time! Sounds intriguing. Great teasers!!

Here's mine:

Tribute Books Mama said...

Sounds really great.

here's mine:http//

My anxious life said...

I love love this book! FABULOUS!

Here is mine:

XOXO Angela's Anxious Life


Mrs. Kondrick said...

I love this book! Great quotes!

Cassandra said...

I like your teaser picks! Several people have told me I have to read this book. Enjoy!

My teasers are here.

- Cassandra @ Wickedly Delicious Tales