Book Thief, The
This book devastated me. I just finished it and I've spent the last half hour trying to read between tears.
Going into this book I knew only a little, Germany during World War II, a young girl, books and a Jew. This book though... The use of language, the imagery is simply gorgeous. It's heart breaking in so many ways and yet, gives such hope in the goodness of people. Lisel and Rudy will join Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe and Emily and Teddy as perfect child couples.
I've just finished this book, still wiping the tears from my eyes and I know that I will return to this book in the next couple of years. This book is damned near perfect. I love it!
There are places where the book is fantastic, haunting, and extremely well written. The words mesmerize and the text flows. You are placed in a this odd place of sorta following the Grim Reaper as he collects souls and becomes enamored with Liesel. The ending you're flipping pages determined to find out what happens-to Liesel, her parents, Max, and Rudy.
Then there's the middle. I can't begin to imagine how to tell this tale in the middle of WWII in Germany and yet make life somewhat normal. This is a story of Liesel and her young teen years. There's air raids, rations, and the lack of books but there's growing up, dealing with bullies, secrets, and pettiness of those years. How do you make the story compelling without much happening and yet everything happening?
Well, Zusak sorta figures that. However, the middle is where I got bogged down and was moving at glacier speed.
So, would I recommend it? If you've heard about the book and are interested, give it a shot. I can't jump up and down and say it's fantastic but it's a really solid, well written book. Overall, I am glad I picked it up and stayed with it to the end.
The Book Thief tells the story of the other side of Germany during Word War II, showing readers that war and suffering affects everyone.
Wonderful, eloquent, and moving. An emotional combination of creative fantasy, historical ficiton, and children's writing.