The Book Thief

The Book Thief

Mark Zusak

What a book.  The beginning was slightly boring, but once it picked up, it really picked up.  Isn’t that the same for all books though?  I promise not to give anything away as I speak about my thoughts regarding this book.  Hopefully it isn’t too general and those who read it know what I’m talking about.

In any case, the book is about a young girl who grows up in Nazi Germany.  The story is told from Death’s perspective as he details the events of her life and the effects they have on her and those living around her.  I’ve always been a bit obsessed with the Holocaust.  I’m not quite sure why.  I suppose in a way I always expect the outcome to be different.  As unrealistic as it is, I’m always looking for the hope, love and beauty that can sometimes miraculously bloom in the darkest of times.  That is what this novel is about.  The Book Thief was very realistic and remained true to the history of Nazi Germany.  The narrator’s voice was entertaining and honest, which was sometimes painful to read.  The characters were like friends in the end.  When I had to say goodbye to them, either because they were swept away by Death or because it was time to close the back cover and replace the book on my shelf, I wept.

What a book.

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