My Rating: 4.5 hearts
Thoughts on the Novel: When I tried forcing myself to read Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief before the movie was released last year, I gave up after a few pages. I attempted to read it again a few days ago; and after finishing it, can understand why so many people loved it.
Because I’m having a hard time figuring out how to write a proper review for The Book Thief, I decided to do a pros and cons list instead.
- Set in Nazi Germany, The Book Thief does a great job of showing both the compassion and cruelty that humans are capable of.
- The book is narrated by Death, who provides a unique perspective because he can talk about the lives of many people and reflect on how their stories intersect.
- All of the characters are well-developed.
- The writing is lovely, and the slow pacing allowed me to truly appreciate this story.
- Since Death doesn’t care about spoilers, finding out that certain people would die before they actually died kind of reduced the emotional trauma of their death.
- Death could have been a bit clearer about what happened to the living characters after WWII.
- As much as I enjoyed the writing, Death’s introspections were sometimes distracting from the actual story.
Comments About the Cover: I like the symbolism of the dominoes.