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 neighbors.
I always love a good story about the Holocaust. This was a fairly good one, but it was...unique. The narrator, "Death" made the book somewhat hard to follow, especially at the start. I am curious how this translated in the movie version.
I just finished this book today, and I loved it! It has beautiful descriptions of things, and having Death narrate the story was a unique choice. It's really sad and dark, but beautiful at the same time. Read this book!
In an unusual literary twist, Death narrates The Book Thief, the astounding story of nine-year-old Liesel Meminger. As the Nazis take hold of Europe she is sent to live with foster parents in a small German town--where her book stealing career begins. Along the way she touches the lives of many, including a politician's wife, Rudy, a boy around her age, her new guardians, and Max, a Jewish refugee who for a time hides out in her basement. Called "brilliant and hugely ambitious" by The New York Times, School Library Journal said, "Zusak not only creates a mesmerizing and original story but also writes with poetic syntax, causing readers to deliberate over phrases and lines, even as the action impels them forward." Amazon customers agree emphatically, describing The Book Thief as "beautiful, poignant, and captivating" as well as a "modern classic." Recognized with awards from Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly, among others, this 2006 Printz Honor book is truly a masterpiece.
This book was hauntingly beautiful. I was worried when I began reading it that it would be just another sad Holocaust story. I was wrong. This story, while taking place during the late 1930s and 1940s in Germany, discusses so much more than the Nazis and heinousness of the war and genocide of the Jews and other "enemies" of the Nazi Party. Beautiful book...just beautiful.
I know it's kind of creepy that this story is coming from the perspective of death, but it is still a brilliantly, beautifully written story about time in the 1940's. I would recommend this book to people who like historical fiction and something that is completely different and out of the ordinary.
The Book Thief is a fascinating book in which death is the narrator. Zusak creates a slightly fantastical, darkly humorous tone in order to address the sober subject matter. The Book Thief is a wonderful novel about a German girl's experience in the war.
This book was very sad and touching for me, and I'm sure it will be for all age groups who are old enough to know about the tragedies of World War II. It describes the life of a girl whose mother gives her to a foster family to take care of. At first she struggles at being with her new family, she eventually fits in and lives a somewhat normal life. However, things begin to change and take a turn for the worse... This is a very emotional book, but it is very fitting to be used in book groups at school. Many teachers recommend this book, and I do too.
It's Nazi, Germany. Hiding Jews are forbidden. Is there really a second chance, or life for those who try to survive? The book theif tries to read her life. Stealing books is her life. Death tells the story this time. The Jew. The girl.