Sunday, 25 May 2014

Book Club #4 - The Book Thief

When I saw that The Book Thief was being turned into a Hollywood blockbuster, I had to kick myself. As a rule, I like reading the book first before seeing any adaptation of it, so I knew I needed to get myself together and read The Book Thief. It has been on my reading list for a while, but I ended up picking it up at the start of May. 

The story is unusual in that it is narrated by Death. It follows the life of Liesel, a German girl during World War 2 and how she became the book thief. I'm trying to not give anything away here, but Liesel is from a poor background - at 10/11 she can't read - and ends up moving in with a foster family in another part of German. The Book Thief shows how Liesel finds solace in books in this desperate time and how she shares them with those around her. 


My lecturer hates this book cover, but it sure beats a movie adaptation cover!
I really enjoyed The Book Thief, and even cried whilst reading it on the train. That's not something I like to do on a daily basis, let me tell you! It's a truly beautiful book, and some passages of the text were just heartbreaking. I found it to be thought-provoking, and a great reminder that not everyone in German believed in the same things as Hitler. 

Of course, I would have liked to see some development with a few of the characters near the end of the book, but I guess that would have added an extra 100 or so pages to an already hefty 560 page book. My favourite character was Max, and although his sections in the book are sad - which is what you would expect, as he's unforgivably Jewish in this already difficult time - I found them to heartwarming, emotional, and life affirming. 

All in all, an interesting look at German life during World War 2, and as many of the characters are advocates for reading books, I couldn't recommend it more! Have you read The Book Thief?


Chelsea xo

14 comments

  1. Oh, I still need to watch the film! I loved the book, but then I do love anything that's set around that time!

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  2. i started reading this, but the narration is too... hard to read. not 'hard' really, i just can't get into the story being told by death. i dunno what i'm trying to say, but i haven't finished it and no. bye!

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  3. I remember seeing the book in WHSmiths years ago and buying it only to start it and find it wasn't as good as I'd hoped and gave up on finishing it. Skip ahead a few years later and I enjoyed it. Clearly I couldn't appreciate the story at 13 haha.
    Kloe xx
    skullsnkisses.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. I'm currently reading this as I saw in on the Kindle sale at one point. I'm nearly halfway through it. I find it a little hard to keep my attention sometimes but I'll keep on reading until the end. I've not heard good things about the film from my sister but I might give it a watch when it's out x

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  5. I love this book so much! I cried both times I read it.

    Hayley

    Water Painted Dreams xo

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  6. I really want to see the film, I hope it's as good as the book :)

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  7. At first I was like, "..what?" and then I was like "wh..what?" and now I'm like, "yeah, it's cool"

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  8. Too busy being in love with Harry Potter, probably! xx

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  9. Yeah, I think some bits are a bit filler, but I guess they can't have wild excitement every day! x

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  10. I would definitely cry if I read it again, I was so heartbroken xx

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  11. ooh!! I've been meaning to pick this book up and this review just makes me want to pick it so much sooner!!!

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  12. Glad you liked the review! Hope you enjoy it :) x

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  13. Thank lucifer you liked this - it could have been over between us before it even started!
    Love, love, love the Book Thief.
    M x

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  14. It's SO good! I really enjoyed it xx

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