The Book Thief
How do I even begin to review this magnificent book?
Wait don't leave! That was rhetorical.
I do know how to review this book, in fact, I can talk about it for hours.
Not because it's very long (*coughs* 590 pages) but because it's just so magical.
A few things to keep in mind, before I start to tell you all about it:
1. It's a slow-paced book; it might not be for everyone because it can get "boring".
2. It's not very plot driven, meaning "nothing really happens" in the book as it has more to do with the day to day lives of the characters that we're following.
Having said that, let me tell you why you SHOULD read this book.
This book is narrated by Death.
Yes, death, the concept.
Death is personified as a male voice (at least that's how I perceived it)
It's a fresh perspective because you don't see death narrating a story everyday.
Initially I thought he was gonna be an evil character but boy was I wrong.
As he narrates the story, he makes us realize that he's just doing his job and it's not easy.
It's not easy collecting souls from around the world, especially during the war.
He is a compassionate character and he actually makes us sympathize with him.
There's a line he said towards the end of the book, "I am haunted by humans".
That's something to think about, right?
Now, a little about the story.
This book follows our protagonist, Liesel Meminger, a 9 year old German girl.
And the story takes place in Nazi Germany during World War II.
After losing her little brother and being separated from her mother due to certain circumstances, she is sent to live with her foster parents, Hans and Rosa Hubermann.
Hans is sweet and he often plays the accordion which Liesel finds really fascinating. Later in the book, he also teaches her to read and write.
Rosa, on the other hand is a pretty tough character, she loves Liesel but doesn't really show it and is almost always rude to her.
Liesel tries to get used to her new home and its surroundings.
Later in the story, Hans hides a Jew in the house.
It's no surprise that they're gonna be in serious trouble for that.
The narrator calls Liesel, "the book thief" because he had witnessed her, stealing books on various occasions.
It's not a felony but yeah she steals.
Later her obsession with books, makes her write her own where she writes all about her life experiences.
In a nutshell, this is a heartwarming story about a family who's trying to adjust in a very difficult time period with a Jew hidden in their basement and a foster daughter who loves to read books.
If you have some time on your hands and are looking for a book that'll stay with you forever, this is the one.
I never thought I could read this genre (historical fiction) as I was used to reading thrillers but it's really not as difficult as it looks.
The only thing this genre demands is your time and patience.
And then it showers you with the most beautiful stories ever written.
Oh also, you'll learn a couple of German words from Rosa. They might not be the sweetest words ever but hey, learning is always fruitful.
Now, if you're still here, thank you thank you thank you so much!! I couldn't be more grateful. And you surely enjoy reading if you read this longass review.
Please definitely check this book out, I promise it's gonna become one of your favorites.
If you read ebooks, just let me know, I'll share a free link in the comments!
Happy reading! :)
Originally published: 2005
Author: Markus Zusak
Page count: 584
Genre: Historical Fiction
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