The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

“I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.”

19063About 5 years ago someone recommenced I read this book. I’m not the biggest fan of the genre but the concept of a book narrated by death had me ready to give it a try… and I’m so very glad I did.

What It’s About:

In 1939 Nazi Germany, death has never been busier and Liesel Meminger is arriving at her new foster home outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing, until one day when she discovers something she cannot resist – Books!

This is a small story about, a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.

But most importantly this is her story – told by death…

What I thought:

This is one of the most amazing books I’ve ever read. It’s emotional and extremely well written. In the beginning you’re introduced to this small town ravaged by the war, as Death does his job. It pretty much starts at the end, which really gave the book that little extra emotion.

What I really loved about this narrative is that Death is completely objective, he knows that everyone dies eventually so when he reads about Liesel he’s not making any assumptions or getting emotional. He’s purely there as a curious onlooker who has some time to kill (excuse the pun). I really found it fascinating that the one thing that captured and changed Liesel’s life, was the one thing that caught Death’s eye – a book.

Liesel’s character is so well written and her story really captured my soul. The great thing about all of it, her story, the Jewish fighter, everything, is that, while the story is well written and great, it’s not a story that is really anything new or different. But the narrative is!

So I’m super excited to see that Fox is making the movie!

I’m really interested to see how they bring in the Death narrative… and at the same time I really hope that they don’t leave that out. Like I said, that makes the story really powerful and adds another level of emotion to the story.


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