Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Book Thief

I'll tell you right now. I'm a reader, and a picky one, but also one who get's sucked in and lives in the world presented, at least for a little while. Most books do that to me, but some I forget the title of, or don't remember ever reading until I pick it up again. The Book Thief however promises to be anything but that. I don't re-read unless a book truly catches my attention, and this one, I am expecting to pick up time and time again.

This story is told from a unique perspective, the perspective of death himself, but not the one you're thinking of. This death is afraid of humans, and try's to distract himself from his job. Death then tells you a story, a story of a girl he has seen a total of four times, three of them to collect the souls of her friends and family, the fourth to collect her herself. The book thief, as he calls her, is a ten year old girl who is being taken, by her mother, to live with foster parents in Nazi, Germany. The train there is where it all starts.

Death tells us at the begining of the story that the story he is telling "...Is about, among other things,
*A girl
*Some words
*An accordianist
*Some fanatical Germans
*A Jewish fist fighter
*And quite a lot of thievery... "

I must say this book amazed me, the way things were given away before they happened, but not ruined, the structure, the plot, and the characters. Just a note, you will cry, but please, do not let that stop you from reading. It's well worth the tears.