Sarah Starrenburg gave me a book for Christmas. Like she herself said, books aren’t always easy things to give as presents, but I wish more people gave me books.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak was a really interesting read. It’s set in Nazi Germany and is the story of Leisel. She loses her brother on the way to meeting her new foster family. It’s essentially a tale of her life and how she came to be a book thief.
I found the way the book was written to be so interesting. It took me a little while to catch on, but I realised eventually that the book is narrated by ‘Death’. Which in a way makes for a slightly depressing book, but is also entertaining. I found the book to basically be a big contrast. It showed so much of the cruelty of life, yet so many of the simple joys that life can bring. It was a fiction book, but didn’t read like a fiction book. It’s strange to read a war story from the perspective of a child. It was actually very interesting, yet at the same time I found it to be a book I had to convince myself to read. Extremely well written though. It should definitely be one of those books they force you to study at school. It’s incredibly clever, although it gave so much of the ending away in the very early stages of the book. I really liked it because it’s about books. About Liesel’s fascination with books and words and stealing. It made you so mad at the German’s, even though the entire book is about a German and her German family. It was a good break from my usual reads. I even laughed once or twice. The kind of laugh that happens because the rest of the novel was fairly serious, so it was good to enjoy a bit of comic relief.
3 and a half stars