markus zusak

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

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“His fingers smelled of suitcase, metal, Mein Kampf, and survival.”

“They say that war is death’s best friend, but I must offer you a different point of view on that one. To me, war is like the new boss who expects the impossible. He stands over your shoulder repeating one thing, incessantly: ‘Get it done, get it done.’ So you work harder. You get the job done. The boss, however, does not thank you. He asks for more.”

“That makes two weeks, she would later write in the basement. Two weeks to change the world and fourteen days to ruin it.”

“I wanted to tell the book thief many things, about beauty and brutality. But what could I tell her about those things that she didn’t already know? I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race – that rarely do I ever simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant.”

The Book Thief by Markus Suzak… All I can say is, wow. While I had often heard about the book, I had never heard what the book was about. Obviously the title gave me some context, as did the trailer for the movie, but going into reading it I had no idea of the specifics. I feel as though this added to my experience, so I don’t want to say too much here. This is all I will tell you:

1. Even though it is labeled as a ‘Young Adult’ book, this book is for everyone, and anyone who loves to read, and not just read for the sake of reading, but read for the sake of falling in love with a story, its characters, and the slow, delectable devouring of exceptional literature.

2. It is set in Germany during WW2. Contrary to the title, it is about more than just a girl who steals books.

3. It is narrated by Death.

 I loved it. I loved so much about this book I can’t even begin to explain why I loved this one so much. I will admit, is it perfect? No. Are there some occasions where the author uses one too many artistically offbeat metaphors? Yes. Are there times when you have to go back and reread what was just said to make sure you grasped it completely? Yes. But perfect is impossible, and we all know that. At the end of the day, I haven’t been moved by both a storyline, AND the writing of a novel in a long, long time. She may be labeled as only a book thief, but this little girl and her love of words stole my heart. Yes, cheesy, but it’s the truth.

Both heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time, The Book Thief is definitely one to check out.

 See you soon,

OMPP