The Book Thief – A tale of survival from World War II

The Book Thief offers a perspective of life in Nazi Germany but also offers a humanistic perspective of how the Germans were just as flawed and yet could be as full of kindness as any other people.

The Book Thief
Markus Zusak

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There are some books that need to be read at any cost and The Book Thief comes in that category. A tale narrated by death itself, its protagonist is a girl named Leisel who lives in the shadow of death. Death visits her loved ones time and again and is fascinated by her.

At age 9 she loses her brother and moves to her foster parents’ place in Munich and embarks on adventures with her childhood friend Rudy. She steals books and learns to fight her way through school.

She also deeply loves her Papa who helps her cope with nightmares and teaches her to read and her foster mother who seems all fiery from the outside but is tenderhearted from the inside.

The family soon ends up sheltering a Jew who seeks shelter at their home and Liesel makes a new friend. But with World war 2 engulfing Germany things go spinning out of control.

The book offers a perspective of life in Nazi Germany but also offers a humanistic perspective of how the Germans were just as flawed and yet could be as full of kindness as any other people. Read it for the heartwarming tale, the skilful use of words and the joy of reading which is the core theme of the book. Books and words can save lives after all.

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