The Book Thief
By Markus Zusak
Genre: Fiction/Young Readers
Printz Award winner
There are few books that you read in your life that really move you to your very soul. I can only think of two from all the books that I’ve read To Kill a Mockingbird and Martha Ostenso’s Wild Geese. Markus Zusak has managed to write something here that can be added to this list. The Book Thief is the kind of book that you rarely find but when you do you want everyone to read it.
Zusak tells the story of a girl Liesel Meminger (aka the book thief) and her encounters of the Second World War. She encounters many people in her small village where she lives with her adoptive parents. The story is about Liesel but the twist here is that the story is told by none other than the Grim Reaper. The story is so moving that it brought tears to my eyes.
It’s not very often that leave some quotes here but there were a few points that struck me. So here are a few quotes from The Book Thief:
“As is often the case with humans, when I read about them in the book thief’s words, I pitied them, though not as much as I felt for the ones I scooped up from various camps in that time. The Germans in basements were pitiable, surely, but at least they had a chance. That basement was not a washroom. They were not sent there for a shower. For those people, life was still achievable.”
This was the Reaper’s description of the German’s crowding in various basement throughout the village because of the air raids that were taking place prior to the bombing of their village.
“On the ration cards of Nazi Germany, there was no listing of punishment, but everyone had to take their turn. For some it was death in a foreign country during war. For Others it was poverty and guilt when the war was over, when six million discoveries were made throughout Europe. Many people must have seen their punishments coming, but only a small percentage welcomed it. One such person was Hans Hubermann.”
Hans is the adoptive father of Liesel and a very caring man that loved the little girl that was put in his care. He was also willing to put his life in danger by keeping a Jew in their basement. He did this because of a previous event.
I don’t want to give too much away so I’ll end the review with that. I hope everyone takes the opportunity to get their hands on a copy of this book. It’s wonderful!
I read this as part of the Travel the World (From a Comfy Chair) book group at Book Blogs. Here are some others that have read and reviewed the book. If you want to be added to this list send me an email and I’ll add it.
B&b ex libris who also happens to be the host of Travel the World book group.
Books Love Me has reviewed this one back in September of last year.
Sharp Words seems to have enjoyed the book but has a different take on the book.
Paperspine has a great review here:
Hip Librarians Book Blog was found on my google search for reviews for this book and after looking at this review I’ll definately be keeping an eye on this blog.
I’ll leave you with the final words of the book:
* * * THE BOOK THIEF – LAST LINE * *
I have hated the words and
I have loved them,
and I hope I have made them right