Author: Markus Zusak
Rating: 10 out of 10
This book is incredible. And the most incredible thing about it isn't even the story (though it is fantastic); it's the writing. The story is that of a young girl in World War II Germany who lives with foster parents and sometimes steals books. It was so interesting to read from the point of view of those in a German town under rule of Hitler and his Nazis. People don't always realize that not all Germans were bad during this era. Most were just victims themselves. Overall, The Book Thief is about the resilience of people and the power of words. What makes it so beautiful though, is Zusak's descriptive writing. I have never read scenes so vivid as the ones he paints through his writing. He uses similes to connect and illustrate in a way I have never seen. The happy incidents are elating. The sad ones, devastating. A scene in which he describes a group of Jews walking through the streets on their way to a camp is so real that I can confidently say I have never read a page that made me feel so much like I was there. In a book about the power of words, Zusak uses them extraordinarily well. I was completely blown away.