I just finished reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and it is beautiful! It’s set in 1939-1943, in Nazi Germany, following the story of Liesel Merminger; a nine year old girl who steals books.
It’s narrated by Death which gives the book a unique quirkiness. At first I thought the occasional side notes where distracting from the story but I soon got used to them.
In turn, Death meets Liesel 3 times in the book, which we see in different stages of the story. The book is in chronological order, however sometimes the reader is shown parts of the story before they happen. (Like seeing a death at the start of the film, then seeing the events leading up to that death, coming in full circle)
I thought the story was thought-provoking and beautifully written. It really does paint a picture of living in the Second World War and in Nazi Germany. When Max, (the Jew that is hidden in Liesel’s house) has to flee Munich, my heart went with him!
I felt that the character of Hans Hubermann (or Papa) was shown beautifully and realisticly, I think everyone can relate to having a father figure like him.
When Molching Street is bombed my heart shattered into pieces! When Liesel sees the dead body of Rudy and finally gives him the kiss he’s always wished for, I broke down into tears! Damn you Zusak and your beautiful writing!
Apart from the waterworks [I really need to read happier books!] this book was incredible! Thought-provoking and eye-opening. 5/5