What I Read: The Book Thief

The word “Thief” is a nasty sonuva because I misspell it all the time. My brain thinks it’s one of those tricky “i before e” rule breakers when actually it’s a conformist. UGH. Anyway, The Book Thief.

Title: The Book Thief

Author: Markus Zusak

Um. Can we talk about how this book is genius? If you haven’t read it read it right this second. Seriously. It’s told from the POV of Death which you’d think would be the corniest crap it the world but it is SO GOOD. I don’t have favorite quotes from this because the entire book is my favorite quote. 

The Book Thief is Liesel Meminger and the novel follows her story. She first is left by her mother with foster parents Hans and Rosa in Nazi Germany. As the description on Goodreads says: “It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . ” (I assume this is the back-of-the-book description, but I only had the library-through-the-phone version, so I’m not sure.)

Everything about this book is amazing. Seriously. It has a lot of things going against it that might make you think it would suck. Narrated by Death ugh. Another Holocaust book ugh. Young Adult? Ugh. Ugh, it’s long. But you know what, internet? This book kicks all those things it he rear because it is super freaking good and it doesn’t read like a YA Holocaust book but like genius. 

First, the style is so beautiful. Good job, Death. Second, the art bits! So perfect! Third, characters to care about and oh how much you care! Fourth, EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS IS AMAZING read it now. I really can’t even think of anything to complain about. Fifth, yes it’s sad but it is the kind of sad that is super cathartic. And hopeful. It’s a hopeful sad, if that makes sense. It probably does if you’ve read it, but if you haven’t, again, READ IT RIGHT NOW WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Okay. Actually I did think of one thing I don’t like about this book. The cover is overworked and the font of the book title is the worst. BUT everything else is brilliant. 5 MILLION STARS. (5. But if I could give it 5 million, I would.)


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