The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is a historical fiction novel set during Nazi Germany and is narrated by Death.
I’ve had this book on my shelf for so long but never picked it up. For some reason I spent days looking at it and completely ignored my March TBR and picked this up first. I LOVED it. I can’t believe it took me so long to read this. What have I been doing?!
I thought the whole concept of having Death be the narrator was so different and surprising. I think it really made the story more powerful. I wasn’t even bothered by the spoilers in earlier chapters of what happens in the end for some characters. I just thought it was such a unique way to tell the story.
I loved the friendship between Liesel and Rudy. They kind of had a love/hate relationship but they were always there for each other when it counted and they loved each other in a way that they didn’t love another person. It was such a cute time whenever they were together. I even found myself laughing during some of their time together.
I enjoyed the relationship that developed between Hans and Liesel. He really stepped up as a father and was very supportive and patient with her. I even liked the relationship Liesel had with Rosa. Rosa could be harsh and sometimes cruel, but I think that in her own way she really did love her and did the best she could.
I also really liked Max. He added something special to the story. The Hubermann’s wouldn’t have been the same without him I don’t believe. I also think that he had a profound impact on Liesel and on the life that she would eventually have.
I liked all the historical facts and how they were used throughout the book. The whole thing seemed to be thoroughly researched and I really felt like I was there sometimes. The author did an amazing job at making me feel all the feels. I laughed and cried. I was happy and sad. I was surprised, shocked, horrified and heartbroken.
I think one of my favorite things about The Book Thief was all the book talk. I loved that books played such a big role in the book and in Liesels life. I loved the moments she shared with the mayor’s wife.
This book quickly became a favorite of mine and one that I can see myself rereading multiple times in the years to come. I highly recommend everyone to read it if you haven’t already. Definitely 5 stars for me.