Review | The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

#QOTD – Do you like reading slow books?

I was certainly super excited when The Book Thief by Markus Zusak arrived to me as a gift. I had wanted to dig into it for a long time! I am not a fan of slow moving plots. So, if you want a fast read, this book is not for you. This is one book which you need to read slowly and savor every moment of reading.

This book is not your typical World War II story. It is assumed that you already are aware of the struggles and pains of the Jews during the WWII. The narrator in this book is death, and death here is not ruthless and confesses that it is haunted by humans.

The Book Thief is the story of a nine-year-old girl called Liesel Meminger, who lives with her foster parents, and has nightmares about her dead brother. She steals her first book, when she is off to bury her brother. At this point of time she does not know how to read, yet this is what is going to be a series of thefts. Eventually, she learns to read and is obsessed with books while losing her closed ones in the war. Liesel is illiterate when she was first taken in, but as she continues to explore the world of reading, she begins to comprehend how Hitler’s propaganda is the reason behind her parents’ death.

The narratives of books and shelves in this book is literally orgasmic to any reader! The bookish vibe is perfectly captured in the below lines.

“Steadily, the room shrank, till the book thief could touch the shelves within a few small steps. She ran the back of her hand along the first shelf, listening to the shuffle of her fingernails gliding across the spinal cord of each book. It sounded like an instrument.”

I can relate to Liesel’s emotion because I also feel the same when I am around books. The ecstatic feeling I have while holding a book cannot be put in words!

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