HERE IS A SMALL FACT – YOU ARE GOING TO DIE.
1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.
SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION – THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH.
It’s a small story, about: a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.
ANOTHER THING YOU SHOULD KNOW – DEATH WILL VISIT THE BOOK THIEF THREE TIMES
This is Liesel’s story, but it is told by death. Throughout her life death has seen Liesel three times and her story is one that death hasn’t forgotten. In 1939 she lost her brother and her mother and ended up on Himmel street. Here she learns about life. She learns about loving parents and true friendship as well as how to steal to feed herself when she is hungry and book for feed her love for reading. Unfortunately she also learns about the harsh reality of this time when an unexpected guest comes to stay with them and her freinds and family suffer under the rule of the Nazi’s
I read this book a couple of weeks ago but I finished it the night before I went on holiday so I have only just got round to reviewing it. The book gets a really good review online and I tend to enjoy books about the war so I was expecting to enjoy this book right from the beginning. It did live up to my expectations however it isn’t a fast paced books to read in a day. It is split in to parts and I found that reading it a part at a time worked really well. In each part something significant happened and because it wasn’t always the happiest of stories it allowed you to take it in and appreciate it.
What I liked about this book was that it was truthful. Liesel was at an age that allowed her to understand what was going on around her but still see some beauty in the world when it occurred. She was dettermind to do her best and she just wanted to be normal. The other characters in the book were also easy to see and it was easy to imagine people truly acting that way in those situations. They all had their faults but they also brought something important to Leisel’s story and taught her something about being a good person, particularly her foster father.
This is a book I would recommend particularly to anyone who reads WW2 novels. It is a beautiful story with a unique narration that will make you think about life and death and whop or what has power.