“It is 1939, Nazi Germany. The country is holding is holding its breath. Death has never been busier and will become busier still.
By her brother’s graveside, Liesel Meminger finds her life changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Grave Digger’s Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found.
But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’s foster family hides a jewish man in their basement, Liesel world is both opened up and closed down.
In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.”
After having this book on my TBR for the past six years, I have finally read The Book Thief.
I got this book as a birthday present over six years ago from my uncle. Since I was going through the Star Wars fandom phase of my life, he told me that this book was exactly like Star Wars. Me being the silly little 11 year old with no interest in reading that I was, I immediately said that I would read it for that reason/
Six years have past since that day. This book just sat on my bookshelf while I was doing everything to avoid reading during that time. It wasn’t until this past January that I finally told myself that I needed to finally pick it up.
I was very surprised about how much I enjoyed it if I am being completely honest.
I really liked the main character of Liesel. I can’t imagine losing half of my family and then moving in with another family that I didn’t know during this time. Then having to hide Max from the Germans so they wouldn’t kill him must have been so hard. She was a very brave girl to do the things that she did.
As far as the plot, I think that this was the book’s strong suit. It was able to keep me engaged with in the story without making me bored. It had something that most historical fiction books aren’t able to do. I wasn’t bored. I think that the story being narrated be death played a big part in that. I will say however, that I found it to be a little slow at times (which wan’t too surprising to be honest). I also wish that there had been some sort of glossary at the back of the book. The phrases in German made a little confused and I wish there had been more definitions of what those phrases were saying spread throughout the book.
Overall, this book definitely lived up to all of the hype that surrounds it. It is a very moving story that will pull at your heartstrings. Even though it didn’t make me cry personally, I know many people say that read this book have said that they cried while reading this book. I would pick it up if you haven’t already!