September 4, 2018 by TinyNavajo
The Book Thief by Markus Zusk
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*Published March 14, 2006*
Yeah, this is an oldie by a goodie. I had been meaning to reread this book at some point, and I was able to thanks to youthbookreview on Tumblr and her Traveling Book Project. If you have heard of it, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, then let me explain; the traveling book project is when a group of people get together, usually over the Internet, decide on what book they will send throughout the group and you annotate your book then send it onto the next person. I had sent The Bear and the Nightingale for my book, and I have recieved several books that I’ve reviewed since then, but this has been my favorite so far.
The Book Thief is a historical fiction with a dash of fantasy centered on a young German girl named Liesel who is placed with a family after her brother dies and her mother leaves her. She steals her first book at her brother’s funeral, but she doesn’t realize the significance of it until later, with her new family. All through World War II, Liesel learns what it means to not only to be German but to be human. She learns that her story-telling and her book-thieving ways is what brings hope not only to her family and friends but to the Jewish man they hide in their basement as well.
This is a book that will take all of your emotions, blend them with a good dash of salty tears and yearning, and then will give them back to you. And you have to take them because otherwise, you cannot enjoy this book. You need to enjoy this book, and if you enjoy historical fiction, then you’ll love this book. It tells you how human not only those you love are, but those that the world tells you to hate and revile are human. I also love that our narrator is something not exactly human. We may ascribe human emotions to this concept, but they are not human. I love the small interludes we get between Liesel and her family and what our narrator is doing. It gives the book that little bit of extra that I love!
I also know that this book has been made into a movie, but I have not seen the movie. Those of you who have seen the movie, would you recommend it? How does it compare to the book? Comment below and let me know!