Today’s guest post is brought to us by Jill L. Jill is an avid reader who lives in Illinois and is a stay-at-home mom for her three children and a goldfish. We are thrilled to share Jill’s review of The Book Thief on Land of Lost Books, especially as excitement builds and filming starts for the much anticipated movie adaption of Markus Zusak’s unforgettable story.
It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .
The Book Thief is one of the most beautiful and poignant books I have ever read. The balance between the characters and the sometimes metaphorical world of the Holocaust was brilliant. The writing style grabbed me from the outset and I enjoyed envisioning all the metaphors and visions in my head as the story unfolded.
One of the things I found especially interesting when reading this book was that even though the story takes place in Germany during World War II, the suffering of the Jews is a backdrop to the real story, which is the development of all the characters and their role during World War II. Many books are written from the perspective of a Jewish person and I found it just as fascinating, being Jewish, in reading a story where the protagonists are not Jewish, but are helping a Jewish man during the Holocaust. Reading about young Germany and the infiltration of Hitler from a young person’s perspective was equally fascinating.
In The Book Thief, the characters grab you immediately and I was torn as to who I liked more, whether it be Liesel, Hans, Rudy or Max. Each character served a purpose the entire story and there were many windows into their souls as to what kept them living and breathing each day.
I loved the beauty of the written word and how everything, however subtle, came full circle to Death’s door and the Holocaust. For example, the domino scene…the writings of Max…and how actual words as much as anything else were to blame for most of the problems Germany faced during World War II.
I recommend this book not only to people interested in a fantastic story about human relationships and World War II, but to anyone willing to enter a world where the written word is so brilliantly honored on the written page.
Have you read The Book Thief? Do you have a book that you would love to see on the big screen?
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