Title: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Pages: 552 pages
Published: March 14th, 2006
Genre: Historical Fiction
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left behind 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 accordian-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 dadangerousimes. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jewish fist-fighter in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up, and closed down.In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Marcus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.
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After an endless amount of recommendations and a horde of crazy fangirling teenagers, I decided to pick up the historical fiction novel, The Book Thief. I'm slightly impressed by how much I enjoyed this book. It's been a goal of mine to read more of the genres I tend to neglect. So I guess, here's to historical fiction being my new favorite genre!
Historical fiction is the perfect genre to be reading during the winter time. It was time for me to finally read this book. I had to take some thorough notes for this book because I haven't read historical fiction in so long. I don't quite remember how to comprehend what I'm reading.
The Unique Narrator The narrator of this book was Death. And although it's not totally given to us that it certainly is Death, it is definitely implied that it is some spiritual being close to the Grim Reaper. When we first think about WWI and the regime of Hitler, the first think we think about is death. Therefore, I think it was quite appropriate Mr. Zusak to tell the story from a POV that was well familiar with death and was even perhaps associated with it.
The Writing I don't think I've ever read such ingenious writing before. The writing flowed perfectly and even though this was a quite lengthy book, I had no trouble flying through it. The title chapters foreshadowed what the next part of the story would be about. And the power of his words made the tense times in the story very nerve-racking and the elated parts in the book very enjoyable.
The Characters If you were to take all of these characters and drop them into different books, they wouldn't fit well with that book because Marcus Zusak's class are utterly phenomenal and unique. They were meant to be in this book and in within its story. There wasn't a single dull moment for either of them. And throughout the book I had to say that my favorite character was Hans Hubberman, the foster father of the main protagonist. He was oddly the most considerate character I've ever read about in a book and he was selfless, putting Liesel's needs before his own.
The Historical Aspects I think the fact that this book was interwoven with the time period of the early 1940's was really unique. Because in the early 1940's there was so much going on in history, like WWI and, of course, there was Adolf Hitler. Whether Marcus Suzak actually experience this time in period or did the proper research, the historical facts were superbly intertwined with the story of the book. I couldn't help but enjoy reading about it.
The Feels Back and forth, left and right, this book made me shatter and curl myself up into a ball! Don't read this book if you weren't mentally stable for The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. I couldn't help crying at the end. And for anyone who has read this, what did you think about that ending?
After I finished the book I immediately went to watch the movie on my computer. In all honestly I loved the book a little bit more. I think it's probably safe to say that The Book Thief was my favorite read of 2014.