Novels with historical context for me are a particular weak spot, whilst i enjoy dabbling in the works of Tolkein and Lewis, there is something eminently fascinating and heart-wrenching about a novel with truth behind it, as for me, this only serves to heighten any emotion included within.
The Book Thief is an enchanting story which follows the life events of a young girl (Liesel- charming name) residing in war-struck Germany. Something that particularly enticed me about this particular work of fiction is the perspective from which it is told. Granted it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but there is something to be said for Zusak’s inherent irony in selecting this particular narrator due to their capability to encapsualte both the beauty and darkness of the characters and the period alike.
Liesel finds herself thrown into the care of a foster family who harbor a cultural fugitive (Max) within the confines of their basement. Anyone who appreciates the value of books will identify with Zusak’s characters, as they really display the power and beauty behind the written word. Liesel’s love of literature battles the destructive force of the Nazis in an epic battle of the power of speech and freedom of expression.
A book for anyone interested in seeing a new perspective to things and really delving into the reality of the German people during Hitler’s takeover. One thing that particularly strikes me about this novel that you might take care to notice, is the use of colour and absence of; I only hope you keep this in mind when delving into the depths of The Book Thief.
Favourite Quote : “Together, they would watch everything that was so carefully planned collapse, and they would smile at the beauty of destruction.”
WARNING: You will cry.