Book Reviews

The Book Thief

UPDATE: The movie was intensely boring. The cast couldn’t bring it to life no matter how much acting they put it through. The important parts were missing, and the whole scene was flat and uninspiring. I’m sorry to say, but in my opinion, to truly love the story, just read the book.


Markus Zusak's The Book Thief
When Death tells a story, you really have to listen

An excellent read, a teary story, and one you can’t put down. This is one of the best books I’ve ever had.  Well the ‘Downtown Abbey’ director Brian Percival must make his moves quick to make this one live on screen.

But, I hate it. It’s a looooong read I’m telling you, like The Little Prince via the The Schindler’s List book.

The reason why I hate it is because I love it. I love it!
My conflicting emotions must be explained down to the specifics of the book and I don’t want to spoil the fun…err… the gut wrenching, face distorting, cry-me-a-river kind of fun.

So the general idea of this book (I think) shows the lives of the enemies: the Germans. But who’s to say and point that they are the devils? It was the presidents and the fuhrers and the prime ministers who make such decisions.

There are three kinds of Germans in this particular book:
The Nazi Germans (blood-thirsty lots); The German Jews (poor fellows); and the Germans(normal folks)

Liesel Meminger is a ‘the German’ citizen. She had it rough and tough and speaking of which, it’s not yet enough. With the start of the early 1940s, her misery was just beginning. And the book kicks off on her beginning. But who would want to know about the life of a girl in a country everyone outside of it wholeheartedly despises? Well, not Death. It seems that we people outside Germany haven’t considered the life inside Germany. Liesel’s story is–if not the real deal– a sneak peak. She didn’t actually like books at first. In fact, I think she never thought of it. But an opportunity had strike her fancy and her fingers tingled and itched. Her eyes were mesmerized, her feet slowly moving and before she knew it, she grabbed her first book. What was the impact of it? Oh, it driven her life. It was a happiness she’s willing to risk. The book was not her only happiness, but it all started from there. Not all thieves are bad, not this one. So maybe she stole a lot. Maybe she climb fences and took potatoes or books or whatever. Heaven sakes, she was a child in the middle of a bombing. But this profound girl has captured the essence of hope. And you’ll know why when you read it. You have to know why. You need to learn the reason why.

There are a lot of characters here that you cannot relate to and you can’t help but reach out to them. Hans, Max, Rudy, Rosa and Ilsa are few of the names you’ll soon realize are the testament of what love really is. And Death had the good way of telling the story, making us believe that it too, has a heart, despite its job.

Mr. Zusak is remarkable and he has made me a watering pot fool. I’d rather be a fool for reading this than to be sane and not have read it at all.  You’ll cry, but it’s gonna be healthy.  🙂

Got from MY Review


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