Friday, October 17, 2008
Brigitte's Review of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
There are plenty of Holocaust based books out there; shelves upon shelves of them. After a while their tales of suffering and woe blend together into a swirling mass of white. The Book Thief is a solid red line amidst all that white. What sets it apart from all the others is the beautiful narration done not by a Jewish survivor or a rebel German or any human at all. Death spins this tale of its existence during the Holocaust after becoming infatuated with a little girl. He follows her daily life along with her attempts to be happy in a time of war. The little girl, name Liesel, is dubbed Book Thief when she repeatedly risks life and limb to steal books. I don't want to spoil the events of this book, but believe me The Book Thief will touch your heart as sure as Night or Number the Stars. Over all this book is painful and bittersweet, the terror of the second world war through the innocence of the children living it. You will open this book with one opinion on Death and close it with numerous theories to think about. I enjoyed this book immensely, with its colorful imagery and resonating strength of character. If you believe you can stand a novel whose written pain reaches out, grabs and refuses to let go I highly recomend this book to you.