It took me a long time to get into this book as to be honest, it was exceedingly dull.
I'm not quite sure what I had expected but Death narrating a book as he looked back at some events that played out in Germany during World War II wasn't it.
Eventually though, the main character, nine-year-old Liesel grew on me as did her story, her mindset and the people surrounding her. The book even ended up being difficult to put down towards the end. It was also a very interesting look at how the typical German population experienced the war a madman forced upon them.
I read the book in English and loved the many German words and phrases that infiltrated the lines. I learned German for about 5 years throughout school and reading this book made me want to revisit that gorgeous language.
The book is all in all well written but it is also quite heavy to read; at times it's very descriptive as in almost poetic - a genre that's never appealed to me.
I'm not sure I ever want to see the film they've turned the book into as I'm doubtful a child can carry the film and convey all the feelings that Liesel conveys both directly and indirectly on the pages. Furthermore I'm afraid Death will look comical and the characters stereotypical.
The Book Thief
by Marcus Zusak
554 pages / published in 2007
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2013