Pages: 552 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Started: 28th of February, 2014
Finished: 12th of March, 2014
HERE IS A SMALL FACT - YOU ARE GOING TO DIE.
1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier.
Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.
SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION - THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH.
It's a small story, about: a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.
ANOTHER THING YOU SHOULD KNOW - DEATH WILL VISIT THE BOOK THIEF THREE TIMES.
MY THOUGHTSThis was a very long book. But it was a really awesome book and I really enjoyed it. It took me some time to get through, because of the thickness and schoolwork, but when I finally made some time to finish it, I was glad I did.
The novel is narrated by Death. This is a unique concept I hadn't heard of before. The author makes this concept work very well. I really liked it, but I'm not sure if this is how I see Death. The Book Thief is a book that has been hyped about quite a lot on the blogosphere and I really hoped that I would like it. But I really liked the book.
I had watched the movie before reading the book. The movie was really nice, I cried at the end and I loved the actors, besides that they lived in Germany, but talked English with German accents. Why not just German. Come on people. But that's all I have to say about the movie. It did miss some important events that did happen in the book, but it was a great movie.
In this book, we follow Liesel who arrives at her foster parents at Himmel Street, somewhere near Munich, Germany. Her parents have been taken to a concentration camp because they are communists. This is her story, narrated by Death himself.
What I didn't like about the book where the random German words and right after that the English translation. Well, I understand that people don't speak German, but there were simple words that you could probably make up the translation of or use google translate. Maybe the author could have mentioned the translation in another way as well.
I liked Liesel as a character, she was nice and I liked her friendship with Rudy. I didn't really like how they called each other names constantly. Do people actually do that? I don't think so, I wouldn't do that to my friends. I don't call them bitch or something else all the time. But maybe they do in Germany... (makes note in mind to ask the boyfriend), but I really doubt it.
My favorite character definitely was Max. For some reason I really loved the friendship blossoming between Liesel and him, despite the big age difference. Max was a really nice character. Besides that, I really liked Hans, Liesels foster father. He was nice to Liesel from the beginning.
At first, I had given this book 5 stars, which I'm sure it really deserves. But now that I am writing this review, the things I mentioned really bother me, the cursing bothered me the most. So I'll end up giving it 4 stars, which is still really high! And I do recommend this book to everyone who has been wanting to read this book for long now, because it's really a great book. It's long, I know, but it will change your mind about some things.