March’s book: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

You can always tell when book club has been successful by the magnitude of fuzziness felt the next morning. This morning? 7.6 on the Richter Scale. I think this is more due to the vast amounts of water drunk before going to bed rather than me being sensible.

We welcomed two more new members to book club this month – hello to the Kellys! It’s so great to have such a varied group every month and <plug time> I’d encourage you to pass on the word to friends and colleagues. The more the merrier when it comes to book club <end plug>

So last month, we read The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. I think this is the first book since Lausanne Book Club started that we have had a universal “like” on a book (and yes, that’s how I wrote it down in my notes – stop mocking me). The fact that everyone liked the book meant that we had a really broad and varied discussion on it.

Unlike some of the books previously, we felt that Monk Kidd managed to do a fantastic job with her characterization. We each had our own picture of the main characters, their tone of voice, their mannerisms. In some cases, Monk Kidd managed to take the reader through a journey of hating a character, and then learning to love them as the book progressed (mainly the character of Charlotte here, I think).  For all her vivid descriptions, it was bought up that, at times, Monk Kidd could be a little heavy handed with one book club member pontificating “why would a 7 year old know that much about antique furniture. Just get on with it!”

We were interested in the Sarah/Angelina dynamic and all agreed that the ladies would not have achieved as much as they did. (If, like some of the book club, you weren’t aware of the sisters’ history, you can start your journey here) We felt the differences between them was the driving force behind how successful they were – and that being the first is easier when you’re doing it with someone else!

We ended our discussion talking about the quilt, family history, and eventually, what we all felt our parents had handed down to us. Answers ranged from a thirst for knowledge, sense of adventure, selflessness, openness to others, hospitality, to cooking and skiing! What was clear, however, is that our parents managed to raise some pretty awesome women!

March’s book is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

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HERE IS A SMALL FACT – YOU ARE GOING TO DIE

1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier.

Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.

SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION – THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH

It’s a small story, about:

a girl
an accordionist
some fanatical Germans
a Jewish fist fighter
and quite a lot of thievery.

ANOTHER THING YOU SHOULD KNOW – DEATH WILL VISIT THE BOOK THIEF THREE TIMES

I’ve set up a doodle for next month’s meeting – please fill it out as soon as you can so I can do me some organisation.

As ever, if you’d like to join our mailing list, have any questions, or just want a chat, you can get hold of the book club on lausannebookclub@gmail.com

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2 thoughts on “March’s book: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

  1. Ana says:

    my favorite book in the last 5 years

  2. The Book Thief? It makes me cry – every time!

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