Book Review 2: The Book Thief
– Markus Zusak
Review for the international bestseller, The Book Thief. Later it was even converted into a movie.
A fact: ‘The Story is narrated by death’
As all is well with the book, I will only give the reason for deducting numbers on plot. I have rated it four because the ending goes unexpected and angry.
So now I will start with a short summary of the story:
The story takes place in time of Hitler in Nazi Germany. Liesel Meminger (Book Thief) is first seen by death travelling in a train with her brother and mother.
Her father was a communist, which she comes to know later. She and her brother are being taken to live up with some foster parents. Liesel’s brother who could not survive the shock dies in the train and as you may have guessed death comes to take him.
That day the train is stopped and while Liesel’s brother is buried Liesel picks up a book that is fallen from the pocket of the gravedigger. She counld not read but “The Gravedigger’s Handbook” was written on the cover.
She leaves her mother and reaches her foster parents, Hans and Rosa Hubermann in Molching, Himmel Street. They come to know that she does not know to read or write. Hans though not a good reader himself, teaches her.
She befriends (later loves) a boy called Rudy Steiner. Book Thief continues to steal books. Hans was a painter and Rosa did washing and ironing for rich people.
Max Vandenburg, who turns up later is a jew. The story why Rosa and Hans hid him goes back to the times of Hans and I don’t want to spoil the fun. After many months Max has to leave.
The bombing starts and when Molching was blasted Liesel was sitting in the basement writing her story which saved her life.
“She loved words and she hated them”.
The books stolen by her:
1. Gravedigger’s Handbook
2. Shoulder Shrug
3. The Whistler
4. The Dream Carrier
5. A song in Dark
6. The Last Human Stranger