I finally got round to reading The Book Thief! Oh my what a fantastic story. If you do not know what it is about then let me enlighten you (don’t worry, no spoilers!) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is set in 1939, Nazi Germany. Death narrates the story which follows Liesel Meminger who is experiencing death, Nazi Germany and learning to read She is taught by her foster-father and grows a passion for books. Especially stealing them. She also experiences bomb raids and the feelings while hiding a Jewish man in the basement.
The fact that this book is narrated by death gives it a unique feel. You are brought along in an emotional story which will honestly make you smile and cry. You will probably enjoy the narrator so much that you wont want to leave him. This gives the story a unusual perspective – your almost becoming comfortable with death and accepting his presence. This obviously may be interpreted by different people – but I enjoyed the ideas it gave me. This story is truly beautifully and wonderfully written.
I also went to see the movie adaptation which was directed by Brian Percival. I felt that the film thoroughly complimented the book, and the casting was very well done. Even though I felt that a few pieces which added to the overall story were missed, the film didn’t suffer due to the lack of little bits of information.
If you haven’t seen or read The Book Thief, I really recommend it – though I promise you, you will cry. A considerable amount of us were certainly crying in the cinema.
Have you read or watched The Book Thief? What did you think of it?
Love Bella xxx