Plot outline: Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbours.
My Review: This book stole me for a whole day. I didn’t stop reading this book until I finished it! As I went through the chapters I was captured by the depth of emotions that Zusak brought forward. The way he wrote the passages from death, gave him a sense of remorse, as though he was sorry for taking the souls to the other side. It showed a side to death that not many people would think about.
The ending was astounding! I was taken back, crying and thoroughly shocked! It was unexpected that the bombs would come down, and kill practically everyone that Liesel knew and take away everything that mattered to her. The strength she had to carry on was astonishing too. The bit that got to me to most was when she had to say goodbye to Papa. You could feel the intense impact Papa’s death had on Liesel.
I can honestly say that book changed my outlook on many aspects. Death is a hard subject to discuss, but the way he was portrayed in The Book Thief showed a caring but controversial side.
Recommendation: This is truly a remarkable book! I thoroughly recommend this book!
My rating: 5*
- Genre: Novel/Historical Fiction
- Publisher: Black Swan
- Approximate page number: 560
- ISBN Number: 978-0552779739
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