The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, 2007, Hardback edition £12.99
When Death tells a story, you really have to listen…
‘Here is a small fact. You are going to die.’ Not the nicest subject to think about. Then again Death does claim that there is nothing nice about him.
The Book Thief is narrated by Death as he tells the story of Liesel Merminger, aka The Book Thief, during World War 2 Germany. Liesel begins life with her foster parents in Molching, as an illiterate child. As her reading and writing progresses, her words move people in ways she would never have imagined. Since the book is set in WW2 Germany, it could be perceived as a dark and grim read. However with the innocence of Liesel and the morale of humanity still beating strong, light is shown in the darkest of places. The innocence of this book is what makes The Book Thief truly moving. Although the book is descriptive, Death and Liesel describe using colours, reaching a large vocabulary between them. With the exaggerations and traumatic descriptions being expressed through colour, hope is captured through the life of Liesel Merminger in WW2 Germany.
I do not want to giveaway any spoilers as this book needs to be on everyone’s TBR list. If you enjoyed books such as Goodnight Mister Tom and The Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas then this book is for you. Although The Book Thief has a film adaptation, I strongly urge you to read the book. Not because books are better than film adaptations, but there is a lot of characters left out and because of this, particular fact are incorrect. If you have however watched the film, then try reading the book. I can guarantee you will notice a tremendous difference.