Book Review: The Book Thief

The books thiefAuthor: Markus Zusak

Pages: 550

Year of publishing: 2005

Rating: ★★★★★

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Synopsis: Once upon a time a village where the nights were long and death told its own history. In the village lived a girl who wanted to read, a man who played the accordion and a Jewish who wrote beautiful tales to escape from the horror of the war. After a While, the girl became a thief who used to steal books and give words. With this words a beatiful and cruel history was written, now, the history is an unforgettable novel.

My Review: The Book Thief has some touches of genius that make this book, one of my favourites. Normally, I don’t like the best sellers because I think that usually this books are overrated, and in this case, I have doubts too when i brought The Book Thief. Each chapter, paragraph and line were deleting all my doubts and today I still feel emotion when I read it again. The Book Thief it’s a real jewel.

But what’s the most striking in this book? Apart from the obvius: Nazism, the resilience of our protagonist and the historical context. I think that the most striking in this book is her narrator. Markus Zusak broke all the schemes in terms of narrator’s creation and He made the story told by the real protagonist of the war: The death. She tells us the story of Liessel Memimberg, a young German woman who still doesn’t have enough age to understand the historical context but that show a growing ability to overcome despite the war.

There have been made too many books and films about nazism, and all focus its interest in the same things: Holocaust, war, concentration camps… The Book Thief, contrary to this books and films, its a book focused on those German citizens who worked hard to can bring home a piece of bread to eat despite an adverse historical context and an increasing uncertainty about future.

Through the story, it becomes inevitable feel affection for some of the characters given by the author, even Liessel’s mother, who hasn’t got an affable nature precisely. But if there is something that I stress in the course of the story, its the great skill of the author to make us laugh in a line and in just two lines after put a lump in our throat. In only 550 pages, the author achieve provoke many emotions among which doesn’t predominates the sadness as you would expect in a book about nazism. Oppositely, the most frequent emotions in this books are affection and a hint of joy. Joy derived from little moments, and affection for the protagonist of this book: Liessel, her grumpy mother, her friendly father, the small Rudy, Max, the Jewish who flee from holocaust… All them get make us laugh and they show us, that even though the context wasn’t the most propitious, there are always moments to demonstrate affection, play accordion during the dinner, play with snow in the basement, and even write a book.

This is undoubtedly, one of the most essential books of the last years and its appropriate say that I felt emotion while I remembered some fragments of the book to write this review. My personal rating for this book is 5/5 and I don’t think that I’m giving a too high value.

What’s your valuation for this book? I hope your opinion in the comments box and if you like this post, share it in your social networks. Thank you so much!

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Written by: Josué

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