This is my all time favourite book, like ever. So I figured it was about time I wrote a review about it – a fairly biased review, admittedly , but a review nonetheless.
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:
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
When I first came across this book, I read the blurb and read “This novel is narrated by Death” and I thought .. right, okay – that’s weird. I didn’t like idea to start with, I thought it was a bit out there and I really wasn’t sure. But, yes there is a but, it worked so well! It’s one of the winning features of this oh so fabulous book. I thought it was a very clever way of doing things and it was different, and I like that.
This novel falls under the genre of Historical Fiction and I’m a sucker for that. I’m not too sure why I love them so much, but historical fiction and war fiction is my jam. Winter in Madrid by C. J. Sansom is another brilliant example of brilliant historical fiction.
The overall feel of this book is quite morbid, but yet still quite beautiful. Whilst this is not exactly a light read, it’s surprising easy to read – I just got so hooked, I had to keep reading. I think I finished it in like 3 days, which is good for me!
In terms of characters, my favourite was Papa or Hans Hubermann. Of course, I loved Liesel but I felt like Hans had a bigger impact on me. His character was just so loving and kind. He was Liesels stepfather and he was so patient and was the first adult to gain Liesels trust. The significance of him and stories and his accordion play such a huge part in the book, and I was very sad to see that they didn’t include it in the film – it was such a important aspect.
And then there’s Max. His character is incredible. I won’t tell you how he came into the story because I don’t want to give anything away but he starts off incredibly caution and weary and them slowly becomes a huge part of Liesels life and a very crucial part of the story.
Honestly, there are so many elements to this story that all come together to create, in my eyes, a literally excellence. There are some criticisms to The Book Thief, one being that is was targeted to a Teenage audience and a lot may argue that it may not be suitable for young adults but I really don’t see the problem, I was 16 when I first read and instantly fell in love with it so I really do not see the problem.
“I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.”
“I wanted to tell the book thief many things, about beauty and brutality. But what could I tell her about those things that she didn’t already know? I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race-that rarely do I ever simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant.”
“Sometimes you read a book so special that you want to carry it around with you for months after you’ve finished just to stay near it.”
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
This book will stay with me for a very long time.