My Rating : 5 STARS
Genre : Young Adult fiction
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Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.
I’m probably one of the last people in the world to read this, and that is unfortunate. I really wish I had read it earlier!I have been hearing about this book for years and I am glad I picked it up. It is so incredible and heart-rending. HOW have I not read this before ? This is my first review for the month of July and I was rendered totally spellbound by the book. Yeah ,we are talking about the one of the Most hyped book of all times and I think the book lived up to my expectations and delivered more than it promised,easily getting a spot on Favorite Reads List. I have problems in reviewing hyped books as I am a bit sceptical about them. But this book was different, very deep and personal. I was totally crying like a baby, in the middle of the book itself.
If I talk about the plot, it is a story narrated by Death and when Death narrates a story you have to listen to it. With the backdrop of Nazi Germany and the Third Reich, it is a story from a normal German’s perspective, who are not Jews but find it difficult to survive in the war. Though the book is difficult to get into in the beginning, because of the unusual narrator, as I read further I was hooked. But beware of the many deaths which happen in the book all the time, which doesn’t really comes across as a surprise, because of obvious reasons.
The story revolves around Liesel Meminger among other characters and her love for books and her journey of becoming a book thief forms the main theme of the story . It celebrates the power of words and love in hard times. This book was very heart-wrenching and moved me to tears and I’ll go with 5 Stars .
I was recommended by Kelly to read this book through one of her posts.. she is one of my blogging friends. Thanks a lot , Kelly.