Reason for reading: Bloggers have been raving about this book. I realized I had missed out on something special and decided I needed to read it.
Quotes: “…I have kept her story to retell. It is one of the small legion I carry, each one extraordinary in its own right. Each one an attempt — and immense leap of an attempt –to prove to me that you, and your human existence, are worth it.”
“A Reassuring Announcement: Please, be calm, despite that previous threat. I am all bluster– I am not violent. I am not malicious. I am a result.”
As I know many of you have already read this novel my review is not going to be as structured as normal.
I’ve read quite a few books about Nazi Germany and am well aware of the atrocities performed. I also know what Hitler and those who subscribed to National Socialism thought about Jews and many other ethnic groups. The books I have read have been non-fiction and, while they give an excellent overview of the prevailing political ideology and violence of Nazi Germany, they don’t do as good of a job at hitting you deep, touching your soul or heart as some might say. The Book Thief is certainly effective in doing that.
At times I wanted to scream out at those people filled with hatred, those who looked on with disgust as the Jews marched by on their way to Dachau. Somebody do something, say this is wrong, that it’s foul, that it’s terrible. But what could they do? Those that thought it wrong, like Liesel and Hans, did try to do something but were beaten for their small efforts.
I can only wonder how people can be so cruel, so awful, so heartless. How do people look on others and think them less than human, how do you justify that? I cannot fathom it, and for that I am glad, I don’t want to understand how it’s possible, I only wish it would stop.
This is a touching book, a sad book. One that I am happy I read. My expectations were high. I read it because of the glowing reviews I have seen on countless blogs. Unfortunately this may have raised my expectations a bit too high as I was just a tiny bit disappointed. But do not mistake, I enjoyed the novel and thought it very good. If you have not read it, though I think I might have been the last, I urge you to pick it up. Everyone should read this. Markus Zusak has written a book that belies his years.