Beautiful novel. Like many of the readers here, I did shed a lot of tears in the end. I’m quite surprised that “The Book Thief” was even marketed as a young adult novel when clearly there are a lot of themes presented that adult readers can easily relate and understand as well.
I can’t really describe this novel in full detail without spoiling anything, however I can tell you the things that I loved about the novel. For one thing, we have an unlikely narrator (Death) presenting us this story as if it was some kind of a fairy tale bedtime story, and in many cases throughout the book, it should be some kind of an innocent fable. But knowing original fairy tales written by writers such as the Grimm Brothers and Hans Christian Andersen, not all fairy tales have a happy ending.
I love all the characters and I find them very memorable: Liesel, the Hubermanns (Hans and Rosa), Rudy Steiner, Max Vandenburg. There weren’t any other characters that I didn’t like, mainly because the rest not mentioned were all simply minor characters. I also like the relationships between the characters as well, especially with Liesel’s relationship with “Papa” Hans Hubermann, her relationship with a young Jew on the run named Max Vandenburg, and of course, her relationship with the “perfect” but precocious Aryan boy next door, Rudy Steiner.
The way the book was written (in 10 parts in different titled sections) really does pull you in to the book. I started reading this the weekend before last week while I was studying for a test (which I shouldn’t because books can be a distraction to important things I should be doing) and ever since then, I couldn’t put the book down.
I now look forward to reading Zusak’s previous novel, “I Am the Messenger” (The Messenger), although I was only able to purchase it as an eBook. Oh well, better than nothing!