The Book Thief – Book Review

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The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak

This novel was published in 2006 by Austrian writer Markus Zusak. If your New Year’s resolution is to read one book in 2014 – buy this novel.
Set in Nazi Germany, the story is narrated by Death. Despite his busy schedule during the Holocaust, The narrator follows a young girl named Liesel Meminger, who learns to read from her foster-father. She finds solace in the books that they read. Things become very stressful when Liesel’s foster-father agrees to hide a young Jewish man named Max from the Nazi’s. Liesel steals books, and begins sharing the stories with neighbours, friends and Max – who stays hidden in the basement. Everyone takes reprieve from the horrors around them in The Book Thief’s words. The novel provides a glimpse of the holocaust from those not directly involved, but powerless to do more than cope and survive.

I am very much looking forward to seeing the screenplay of this novel, which is in theatres now. Geoffrey Rush has been cast as the foster-father. My hope is that the movie plot stays true to the book, and is also narrated by Death.

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