“I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.” - Markus Zusak
In 1938, young girl Liesel Meminger is traveling by train with her mother and her younger brother when he dies. Her mother buries the boy in a cemetery and Liesel picks up a book, "The Gravediggers Handbook". Liesel is taken to a foster family in a small town named Munich. Her stepmother Rosa, is a rude but caring woman and her stepfather Hans, is a kind-hearted man.
When Hans discovers that Liesel cannot read, he teaches her using her book and Liesel grows a love for books and learning. Meanwhile Hans hides Jewish son of a deceased friend that saved his life in the war, Max in the basement of their house putting the rest of the family at risk.
Liesel makes friends and learns about her past. However in times of war and poverty life is hard and Liesel is faced with some very tough situations and her life will never be the same.
This book is a must !!
It was eye opening and very touching particularly as the story is told by death who becomes a very powerful and respected character throughout the novel. This book was written exceptionally well and reminded us of all of the innocent victims of the war and the unfortunate circumstances and punishments which the Jews had to face.
This wasn't the type of book which had you crying one moment and laughing the next- Instead it was sad throughout however only at times did the content really dawn on you and make you really emotional and leave you soaked in tears.
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone over the age of 13 as it does address some pretty confronting matters and as it is a serious story. If you do enjoy historical based or tear jerking novels this book should be at the top of your reading list.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak AUD $19.99 (approx.)
The Young Book Critic