Here is a small fact: You are going to die.
1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.
Reading this book I passed away many long motorway hours while I was on a roadtrip with my boyfriend. It had me sit in the car with tears streaming down my face, refusing to take my eyes off the page. When said boyfriend asked me what was wrong, I cried “this book is so goo-hood”. This was not entirely true. Though the end of the novel made me feel very strongly for the characters, it took a long while to get me there. Though the beginning of the story is intriguing – it starts with a death and the theft of a gravediggers’ handbook – everything slows down when Liesel arrives on Himmel Street. It changes from an adult novel into a children’s story about a girl who suffers from nightmares and gets up to all sorts of mischief with her new friends, set against a backdrop of the beginning of the Second World War in Germany. The novel doesn’t pick up its initial, more interesting style untill the war is in full swing. Continue reading “Book | The Book Thief by Markus Zusak”