"It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . . 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"
I get as excited talking about 'The Book Thief' as I do talking about Harry Potter. That statement alone should be an indication of just how much I love this book. I first read ‘the book thief’, whilst participating in a young adult reading club whilst at school as a 14 year old. Having read it numerous times, it has cemented itself firmly into my top ten favourite novels, that I have read so far. I adore it and think about it often.
I give ‘The Book Thief’ a solid 5 stars, but if you only like happy endings, fast reads and books that you can easily pick up and put down, then this may not be for you. If you do however love to read fiction that tears your heart out and provides a sense of bittersweet when you finish it, then this book is for you. It’s a rollercoaster ride full of emotions. To give you a taste of the bittersweet that I am talking about, here is one of my favourite quotes: "He does something to me, that boy. Every time. It's his only detriment. he steps on my heart. He makes me cry” p.53.
It's impossible to read 'The Book Thief' and not be overwhelmed and besotted by the lyrical way that Marcus Zusak writes. The way the novel is crafted is truly a work of art. He paints with the words, he is an artist. The characters feel like actual people who lived in that time era, and Death is lonely, profound and haunting. Although Death's often sarcastic humour throughout the novel, uplifts the work as a whole. Death is melodramatic and often reminded me of an exaggerated but not as horrible, machiavellian character from a play. The main theme of the novel is about the power of words, but the book itself demonstrates this.
There isn't a word that I think is beautiful or appreciative enough for how wonderful this book is. It's a modern classic and If you aren't sure whether to read it or not, just give it a try!