Hi Winged Wonders! I recently finished reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I really enjoyed it, so I thought that it would be a great book to review!
Set in Nazi Germany, The Book Thief tells the story of Liesel Meminger, a young girl sent with her brother to live with the Hubermanns. On the train ride there, however, Liesel’s brother dies and soon after, she steals her first book. When she finally arrives at the Hubermann’s, nothing is as expected. Soon Liesel is learning to read from her foster Father and steals many more books. Then, her life changes again when a Jewish man named Max hides in her house. Throughout the years, Liesel grows and changes as the war goes on and her life becomes ever more complicated.
Basic Book Info
Title: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Recommended Age: 12+ (Language and premise)
First off, you do not see books like this every day. The Book Thief is a very unique and interesting book. Many of the characters were very well developed and they had clear character arcs. It was clear (Perhaps too clear) how they changed. The book was full of beautiful descriptions that allow one to easily imagine the scene taking place. Another really cool thing about the book was that it contained stories written by Max and his illustrations as well. Max was definitely my favorite character.
I had mixed feelings about the narrator though. The narrator was Death (The person, the idea, whatever you feel that it is), which was very interesting. One person told me that the narrator shouldn’t be anyone but him because otherwise, the story would be too opinionated. However, because he’s the narrator, there’s a lot of time spent on him and his foreshadowing and his job instead of on the other characters.
He also is really confusing at the beginning and in some ways, he took away from the story. I do wonder how the book would be different if someone else was the narrator though. I liked the parts where he was narrating and putting in his commentary-not when it went away from the main story.
My other issue with it was the somewhat rushed ending. It moves really fast and I wish that it was little different.
Overall, I really enjoyed the story and the characters, but not as much the narrator. I plan on re-reading this book soon.
I give this book 4/5 pencils!
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Have you ever read The Book Thief? Any ideas for a new rating system?