“I wanted to tell the book thief many things, about beauty and brutality. But what could I tell her about those things that she didn’t already know? I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race-that rarely do I ever simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant.” – Death, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak follows the story of Liesel Meminger and her life in Molching, a fictional small town near Munich, under Nazi Germany.
Zusak’s novel shows the readers the ugliness of Nazi Germany and, at the same time, shows the beauty found in people’s kindness. Zusak captures the essence and complexity of human nature and morality through the richness and authenticity of each characters. Liesel becomes the symbol of arduous hope and remains kind despite all the adversity she has experienced, even Death can’t help but love her.
Zusak writes with compassion and genuineness. The Book Thief is a beautiful, unforgettable, poignant, and important read for both young readers and adults.
Rating : 4/4
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