Book and film review | The Book Thief

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Oh my lordy, have I been excited to blog about this!

The Book Thief is a novel written by the Australian author Markus Zusak and it's set in the 1940's Germany, more precisely, in the sort-of suburbs of Munich. It describes the journey of a little girl who was put to foster care, because her parents were communists and didn't support Hitler and his way of thinking. It also touches the subject of poverty and heightened relationships between people during the war and the position of Jews at the time.
Even though the topic of World War II has already been very highly overdone, this is one of the most original ideas I've ever encountered and it's pretty amazingly written and here's the scoop.

Liesel Meminger is a nine-year-old girl, who had to be separated from her parents because of their political views and put into foster care of the Hubermann family. On her way there, with her little brother Werner, he dies and they have to bury him in a town near the train station. When they bury him, Liesel steals a book from the grave diggers and that's how the little girl makes her first theft, hence the nickname "the book thief".
At first, she disliked her foster parents, but then she grew to love them. They sent her to a school, she plays football with her neighbours and takes the clothing to rich families in her town, that her mother washed and ironed for them.
It was on Hitler's birthday that made her second theft. She stole a book, again. Afterwards, she started stealing from the rich families in their town and soon, she had a vast collection of books.
But there was only one problem... Liesel didn't know how to read. Her foster father then decides to teach her how to read in their basement. They write words on the wall in secret and it becomes their secret hobby and it seems perfect to her.
Only one day, a Jew knocks on their door and changes their destiny.
(the whole review of the book alone can be seen here)

Found on under the tag "the book thief"
As I've already said in my book review, I love the way book is written. It's very easy to follow, the descriptions are lovely, the conversation is never boring etc. Also, I love the idea of making Death the narrator of the whole story. It's actually quite an original concept that I don't think I've ever encountered before.
I love it how Zusak presented Death as a person; a person with a life, with feelings, with thoughts. We all think that it's basically just some scary person that wants only our lives and cares about nothing else. It's all different here; I think that it can make you accept Death as an old friend. Also, the comments that Death makes during the book are absolutely amazing. They make you understand what a certain person feels behind their actions and why did they do something in the first place.
I should also point out that you'll need loads of tissues when you'll read the book. You have been warned.

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I don't think I've ever cried at watching a film as much as I cried while watching this one. It broke my heart. I used every single tissue I could find in my flat in my students hall, and then I stole some from my roommate. (She hasn't realised that some are missing yet).
As a musician, I should point out that the music in the film (written by none other than John Williams, who also wrote music for Indiana Jones, I think) is... well... not orgasmic, but eargasmic. It's soooooooo good. It's absolutely heartbreaking and I think that I'll download the soundtrack as soon as possible.
This film stars a lot of young actors, because the main characters are mostly 13/14 year-olds and it's the same as it was with the first two Harry Potter films. Their acting is so good and you actually believe them every word they say and it's not just for the young kids, it's also for the other parts of the cast. Geoffrey Rush was absolutely amazing and just... GIVE THE MAN ANOTHER OSCAR OK?
Also, whoever chose Emily Watson for the role of Rosa... I salute thee, because whilst reading the book, I subconsciously imagined her face as Rosa's. I don't know who did it, but high five!
The ending, as always, broke my heart into a million tiny pieces, and although we know it ended well for Liesel, it was still so heartbreaking that I had to stop the film and sob my tiny fangirl heart out. Just... watch it, it's amazing. I adored the film and I have absolutely nothing bad to say of it. Like, really. The direction, the acting, the script, the music, it was absolutely brilliant.

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Overall, I would give the book 5/5 and the film 5/5, because they're just really good and I definitely recommend you have some tissues at the ready. You have been warned. Contains a lot of feels and crying as well.

...and now I'm a little stuck with new ideas for this series. I think I'll do How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff next and The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (but that's in June), so if you have any recommendations, I would definitely like to hear them. Just as long as it's not Twilight. Please, don't make me read that.

I shall see you soon!
xxx Katherine


  1. Katherine, that's what I do EVERY DAY. ;)
    (Also, why doesn't the reply button work?)




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