Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This is a very...different...sort of story. I had heard really good things about it, but not necessarily what it was about. Midway through it, I was reminded of the book Maine I had read last fall, a book that was basically without plot, but very character-driven. I think The Book Thief falls under the same category. Even now, I cannot think what the plot really was of this book. The story centered around Liesel during World War II Germany, when she is becoming a teenager and Nazism is sweeping the country. It basically is 550 pages chronicling life over 4 years on Himmel street in Molching, with life including hiding a Jew, stealing books (thus the title), and avoiding first kisses. The first couple chapters really confused me and nearly turned me off to this book since it is told from the point of view of Death (not someone who typically narrates a story), but I stuck with it and finished it, and don't really feel like I have anything to show for it. I'm open to hearing other opinions...maybe there was something I missed?

1 comment:

  1. Gosh, I have heard such good things about this book. I was just looking at the reviews at Amazon last night, wondering my 13 yo would like it, but it seemed too dark for him, so I decided against it. I haven't read it myself, obviously.