The book thief is a story that follows several characters all of which at some point come to Himmel Street, Germany, during the war. Most notably though is Liesel Meminger, The Book Thief. All the characters in the book are well written and very human. You will soon be making close friends with Liesel, Rudy, and Papa. Leisel, in particular, will speak to the book lover in you, highlighting the importance of reading and the ability to escape from reality, particularly during the hardships of war. Other characters, however, you will love to hate in the tale of clashes, war, and prejudice. Oddly though you won’t hate Death, here Death is merely the vessel that brings you the tale of the book thief.
The book is a different take on World War Two literary fiction, with the unique perspective of being narrated by Death. The author’s descriptions are truly brilliant, not only using all the senses to paint a vivid picture but also using Death’s narration to describe emotions as colours. All the characters in the book are either very lovable or very hateable, and you will soon be making close friends with Liesel,
A tale of love and loss, friendship and hatred, war and peace, and the importance of reading and escape. The book is unique and although I found it slow to start it offers a rollercoaster of emotions.