While I was in India, I purchased a book, The Book Thief on my kindle fire. I enjoyed it thoroughly, and though I rarely write book reviews, I thought that it might be fun to write one on this particular book.
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel 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 before he is marched to Dachau.
This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul. - Via goodreads
I thought that The Book Thief by Markus Muzak was researched well and written in a very creative way. The way that the book is narrated does not exactly fit into first person, second person, or third person. Instead, a character called "Death" who takes away people's souls after the die, narrates the story, based on his own experiences of when he's seen the main character of the book, "Liesel Meminger" and based on Liesel's writing about her own experiences. "Death" remembers deaths by a color, and he describes the three times he saw Liesel with the following colors: White, Red, and Black. The way that "Death" narrates may seem odd at first, as he mentions the different souls he is picking up, and tells parts of the ending of the book in the beginning. but after reading a few chapters, you'll get used to it.
There was lots of research put into the book, and it was interesting to see how the people in Germany were living during the time of World War II. Before reading the book, I thought that it was only the people that the Nazis targeted that were suffering, such as the Jewish. After reading the book, I realized that the citizens of Germany were going through hard times then as well.
I especially loved the characters in The Book Thief, as they were all very unique and most were good role models. For example, how Hans Hubberman comforted Liesel in the night when she had nightmares, and read to her, how Rudy Steiner remained a loyal friend to Liesel, and helped her in many ways, how Liesel loved to read, and so much more.
A theme that was emphasized in the book, was that words are very powerful and that you can do anything with them. It was said that is how Hitler got power, by using his words. It was said that words can build up, and become very powerful. They can cause destruction and sadness, but they can also lead to happiness and joy.
Romance: There wasn't really any romance, except for the fact that Rudy Steiner often asked for a kiss in return for all of his favors.
Language: There were some German curse words in the book, but not a lot.
Violence: There were some air raids, and talks of war.
Age Recommendation: 11 and up (It depends how sensitive your child is to death and sadness)
My rating: 5 Stars
I hope you enjoyed this review, and will check out The Book Thief! Have a great day!