I have just finished reading “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak. Here is the TMH book review!
“The Book Thief” is beautifully written. I noticed this as I read the very first page. It is written from the perspective of “Death”, who comes and takes away the souls of people who die. I did not find this concept morbid or creepy, but quite fascinating actually. This book is set in the time of World War II, so from 1939 onwards, therefore Death is kept very busy!
The key character in “The Book Thief” is Liesel Meminger. Liesel is a very young girl who is fostered out to Rosa and Hans Hubermann after the tragic death of Liesel’s younger brother. The Hubermanns live in the poor part of town and Liesel soon discovers a way of coping with the cards her life has dealt her…..reading books.
Books, however, are not easy to come by in the small town of Molching, so Liesel did what she had to do – she stole them. Each book thieving senario has it’s own special set of circumstances. The combination of humour and harsh reality really shines through in the way it is written.
When Liesel’s foster parents hide a young Jewish man, the family have to pull together to protect both Max and themselves. This adds an element of danger to their already fearful lives. Max becomes an important member of the Hubermann household and his love of reading and writing helps solidify a beautiful bond between him and Liesel.
I really loved this book. It was a pleasure to read. “The Book Thief” is also a movie. I have seen the movie and thoroughly enjoyed that too. If you like historical novels or books that are intriguing, this book is for you! (Who doesn’t like a book that is intriguing right?!) I predict that this book will become a classic.