The Amateur Critic: The Book Thief

“I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.”

Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

2005

This book is a must-read and I’m pretty sure most of you would have read it. It tells us the story of Liesel, a young girl living in Germany during the second world war. Her story is narrated by Death, who as a character, you come to respect and even pity in the end. His narration puts a different perspective on the story, and much of what he says is philosophical, and even beautiful.

Characters*

Liesel – A sweet, caring and absolutely badass girl who bravely deals with her miserable life.

Rudy – Liesel’s best friend and partner in crime who is honestly one of the most arrogant yet lovable jerk I’ve read about.

*I’d really tell you some other characters but then this would just be a Wikipedia page

Final Rant

This piece of art drags on for a bit in the middle and while I want it to get to the point, I really don’t want to stop reading about their amazing lives.

I found this book a bit of an eye opener. It is one of the first book I’ve read about the war and it made me realize the number of innocent lives which had become victims of it. The sadness surrounding Liesel’s story creeps up on you until you’re left overwhelmed with all the emotions going through your head. The book also left behind a sense of guilt, as all I had heard of the war until them made Germany seem like the “villain” until you realize the number of innocent victims and suddenly you don’t know who the “hero” is anymore.

Rating- 4.5/5

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Please comment if you’ve read the book and tell me your thoughts.

Criticism is welcome.

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