Ooh! So basically I’m participating in a Read-a-thon, to know more, click here. And well, I just got done with the seventh book from my TBR of thirteen! The book was The Book Thief by Markus Zusak for the prompt The Story of Us: Read a book about books!
Title- The Book Thief
Author- Markus Zusak
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.
By her brother’s graveside, Liesel’s life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger’s Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordian-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found.
But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel’s world is both opened up, and closed down.
Wow. This was such a beautiful book!
The writing style of the author was poetic and kind of haunting, I fell in love with it from the very first page. The book started with so much mystery that you can’t help being sucked into it!
The plot was unique and the life of the character was laid out in front of us with perfection. And the part where our narrator is none other than Death itself is just wonderful! I liked how the character of Death of displayed to us, too. There were times when my heart got broken, then mended, then broken again, piece by piece on the same page!(Don’t I sound cheesy, now?)
I loved all the characters. All of them. I loved Rudy the moment I met him, Papa the moment he spoke his first dialogue, and I knew I was gonna love Mama the second she cursed. I loved Liesel when she stole a book, read a book, loved a book, and wrote a book. I loved how almost every character had a back story to themselves, be it mournful or happy.
Also, as you might know, I am quite obsessed with languages, and this book kind of makes me want to just learn German, and who knows I may pick it up sometimes just because of this book, so yeah, language thing also made me love this book a lot!
Oh and I absolutely loved the absolute end, the line author ended the book with, was haunting and mind blowing.
You people, if you haven’t already, I really think you must read this!
Have you read the book? Did you like it? What were your thoughts? Let me know!