The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
“HERE IS A SMALL FACT – YOU ARE GOING TO DIE.
1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier.
Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.
SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION – THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH.
It’s a small story, about: a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.ANOTHER THING YOU SHOULD KNOW – DEATH WILL VISIT THE BOOK THIEF THREE TIMES”
This almost doesn’t count because I finished it at exactly half past midnight which probably tells you a great deal about how much of a party animal I was this new year! I asked for this for christmas and just devoured it, from the opening paragraph I knew i was going to love it. The writing style is amazing and having it narrated by Death adds a great deal to the stories tragedy and charm (yes, Death can be charming). I enjoy character driven books and this has some fantastic characters, but overall it is the writing that is the main draw. I was warned that it would make me cry but I managed to keep the tears inside. There is a film of this book coming out in the new year and I will defiantly be checking it out but I am quite sceptical, there are certain things that make this book special that I just don’t think they can translate to film which leaves it at the risk of being just another war film. Overall I highly recommend this book to pretty much anyone
Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY.”