5.03.2014

Book Review | The Book Thief


TITLE: THE BOOK THIEF
AUTHOR: MARKUS ZUSAK
NARRATOR: DEATH, FIRST PERSON
PUBLISHER: PICADOR, 2005
GENRE: HISTORICAL FICTION
SOURCE: BARNES & NOBLE
REVIEW: 5 STARS OUT OF 5

"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 clouds, and she would wring them out like the rain."

How do I begin to explain how this book made me feel? The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is officially one of the greatest stories I have ever read. My only tiny annoyance with this book was the use of random German because I had to pause every time I came across a German word just so I can look up its definition. However I got over it as I dived deeper into the story. My absolute favorite thing about this book was that it was narrated by Death. And at first I was so enthralled by the story that I really did forget who was the narrator. Only when I would come across something such as, "The beginning of September. It was a cool day in Molching when the war began and my workload increased." Workload increased? And then it hit me. Many people die in war. Death's workload increases. Ah. And that's when I would remember again. I think that remembering that it was Death telling me this story and not some old man in his rocking chair was vital. And halfway through the book, it was impossible to forget that it was Death recounting a story about an orphaned girl, her love of words, a Jew hidden away, and a ghastly war that consumed the lives of millions. A definite page turner. Fair warning: do take heart if you plan to read this book. It's not sweet. It's tough and it may will make you cry.

CHARLENE ZALE

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