A Little Book Review: The Book Thief

So whilst Ian the iPad was out of action I picked up my favourite book for a little re-read. It didn’t disappoint in the slightest. The Book Thief is just one of those books I can pick up time and time again and always find something new to be astounded by.

I don’t want to ruin it for anyone so will try not to reveal too much so here goes…

‘This is a small story about a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter and quite a lot of theivery.’

The Book Thief is set in WWII and is narrated by Death. Death recounts the story of Liesel who, when her parents are sent to a concentration camp, must adjust to life with a new family in a small German town as the horrors of the war unfold around her. Liesel is a plucky little so and so and she pinches books  (my kinda girl!) It’s easy to see how she gets under Deaths’ skin and why he’s so mesmerized by her tale.

Do you know what? That’s all I’m going to say about the story. It’s a heavy subject matter and tragic in so many ways but I think it’s one of the most beautifully written books. It’s a little bit magical. 

Just go read it. Do it now before the film comes out. You never know what you’re going to get from a Hollywood translation of a novel but if the cast is anything to go by, it’s going to be a corker. Read the book first though, always read the book first.

Have you read this one? If not, what are you still doing here!?
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