Monday, 17 February 2014

"The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak | Review

SOURCE: Borrowed from Katrina (Chased By My Imagination)
TYPE: Hardback

TITLE: The Book Thief

AUTHOR: Markus Zusak
SERIES: -
PAGES: 592

AVERAGE GOODREADS RATING: 4.36/5

MY RATING: 5/5


BLURB:
Here is a small fact: 
You are going to die.

1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. 

Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with her foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall. 

Some important information:
This novel is narrated by Death.
it's a small story, about:
a girl
an accordionist
some fanatical Germans
a Jewish fist fighter
and quite a lot of thievery.

Another thing you should know:
Death will visit the book thief three times.

WHY I LIKE IT: 
This book is beautifully crafted with a very unique perspective. "Death" is such an interesting character to try and understand and he'll make you fall in love with him. 
I absolutely love the way that it is written. There are several 'parts' and in each part is several sections which breaks this exceptionally lengthy book really well.
There are some beautiful illustrations and layouts of text that add a more personal edge to the novel - you feel involved in their stories more adding to the beauty of the piece. 

WHY I DON'T LIKE IT:
It is a super long book so it's not necessarily ideal for everyone, but it is necessary in some ways to build up such a close relationship with the characters.
Lots of sad moments throughout the novel but that is kind of inevitable in a book about Nazi Germany. 

OVERALL:
This is an absolutely brilliant book that I'd recommend to everyone! I'd give it an easy 10/10 because the writing and structure is just pure genius. 


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