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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

December 10th, 2008 by Debbie's World of Books

It took me awhile to get into this book but I give this book a 3.5 out of 5.

This book is narrated by Death as he talks about the interest he has taken in a young girl, Liesel Meminger, living in Nazi Germany.  Liesel steals her first book at the funeral of her brother when she is 9.  As she grows up we watch her growing relationships with her foster father- Hans, her best friend-Rudy and the Jew-Max and as she slowly expands her library of stolen books.

Like I mentioned above it took me awhile to get into this book in fact I would say it took a little over a 100 pages or so to get into it.   The narration from the point of view of death was strange to me and he jumped around a bit at the beginning so it was hard to follow how everything tied together.  The only thing that kept me going was the fact that everyone raved about it.  I’m glad I persevered because in the end this book had me in tears.  Granted since I normally do not care for books that do not have happy endings but this book really made me care about the characters and what happened to them.

Funny that I just realized that lately I’ve been reading several books that take place during WWII.    What made me think of this was that like I mentioned above I actually cared about what happened to the characters in the book unlike the characters in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.  In that book the main character just got on my nerves and while it was sad I could not bring myself to care about him.  The third book I read that took place in WWII was The Diplomat’s Wife.  I enjoyed that one but I was not as involved with the characters as I became with Hans, Rudy, Max and Liesel.

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