Sometimes, after I’ve read a book, I’m still not sure if I liked it or not. Take Water for elephants. It’s a beautiful story, but it’s cruel too. It was well written and I tell people they should read it, but I’m not sure how I feel about it.
I just finished The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. I bought it based solely on the name. It sounded like something I would love. If I had taken a closer look, I might not have read it. Although I’m not sure I liked it, I am glad I read it. Confusing, I know.
Here are three things about this book that I think you should know before you read it:
1. It takes place in Germany during World War 2
2. The narrator is death
3. The sad moments outnumber the happy moments
It’s about a young girl trying to figure out life in war torn Germany. She is surrounded by people who don’t all believe the same things and who try to do their best, be it hide a Jewish man in their basement or leave the window to their library open so the book thief can “steal” a book.
Death, as a narrator, lets us know how it’s saddened by the state of humanity. It has a job to do, but is not happy about it.
The book is sad, but something kept me reading. I had to know Liesel’s fate. If you’ve read this, please tell me what you thought.