The Book Thief (Review)

The Book Thief (Review)
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Title: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Published Date: 11th September 2007
Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis: The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller
that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak’s unforgettable story is about
the ability of books to feed the soul.

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never
been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a
meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she
can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she
learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing
raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author
Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the
most enduring stories of our time.

Review:  Honestly, when it comes to this book I’m
not sure where to start. I had been meaning to read ‘The Book Thief’ by Markus
Zusak for a long while; it’d just been sitting on my TBR shelf. I must say I
was not disappointed. I have heard a lot of people cried at the ending. I didn’t
cry, but my was it sad D:
The story is told from the interesting point of view of
Death, as in Death being its own character. I think this was one of the many
things that drew me to the book, because it was something new and different.
It’s also set in Germany during World War II, and follows the story of a young
girl called Liesel Meminger. She is the book thief, who has a small habit of
stealing books. And as the blurb summarises itself: When Liesel’s foster family
hides a Jewish man in their basement, Liesel’s world is both opened up and
closed down.
When it comes to choosing a favourite character I cannot
choose whether I liked Liesel more or Rudy. Rudy is her best friend, a boy who
likes football and fancies himself a charmer of the ladies. He can be rude, he
can be nice and he can be persistent too. Either way, he is an unshakable
friend to Liesel. And Liesel herself is also quite the character. She has a
young child’s mindset and although she sees things in a mature way and within
her own understanding she sees the world in a way no one else does. Who else
could describe the clouds as long, like a rope, and that the sun is shining in
such a way it is burning a hole in the sky?
My face expression after reading this book.
Ah, that is another thing. If you liked the metaphors of
John Green, then you really like some of the ones in this book too. I even
liked them more than those of John Green, and there were some ironic ones as
well. For example, Death saying ‘It kills me sometimes, how people die.’
But really, I don’t feel this review does it justice. I
strongly suggest you go read it yourself. The plot, characters and words itself
will capture you until all you can do is read and read.
Olivia’s Question: Do you worry about whether historical
fiction books are historically accurate?

Olivia-Savannah x

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