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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Author Appreciation Week -- Anna Sewell and Markus Zusak

Sorry about this morning's post. It was written in an exhausted stupor of Sunday night. Argh life. Drama = great in novels, not so great in real life. Anyway, today I'd like to honor two of my favorite authors. One has been one of my favorites for as long as I can remember. The other is a new addition to the ever-growing list.

Black Beauty is, in my opinion, undoubtedly one of the greatest books every written. And without a doubt, it's the greatest horse book ever written. Black Beauty was written during a time when horses weren't treated as well as they are now. There weren't many -- if any -- laws to protect animals from abuse and neglect. No matter how many times I read it, Black Beauty always has the power to make me laugh and cry. Black Beauty was always magical to me, even when I was young reading it for the first time. It will always hold a special place in my heart.

I haven't finished this book yet. I'm almost done so expect a review Tuesday or Thursday next week. And even though I'm not done yet, I still have to say it's probably one of the most beautiful books I've ever read. Zusak has taken an incredibly tough subject (Nazi Germany) and written it in such a way I feel like I've lived there. I feel like I'm beside Liesel (aka the book thief), Rudy, Max, and Hans as they make their journey. It's amazing, I don't think I've ever felt this way while reading a book before. And that's why Markus Zusak is the newest addition to my favorite author list.

1 comments:

Tahereh said...

awww the black beauty is so fitting for you. love that you mentioned it -- i haven't seen anyone else talk about it yet.

haven't read the book thief yet, but i've heard so many good things! let us know what you think once you're done!!