“The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak
A few years ago someone told me about a movie entitled “The Book Thief” (released 2013). At the time I pictured a professional thief stealing valuable books from museums and universities. This Christmas I was given the book by the same name (published 2005).
I was so surprised to learn that the thief is a nine-year-old girl in Nazi Germany. Having books unapproved by the party was a crime and put the girl and her foster family in danger.
At first, I found the writing style a little disconcerting, but I quickly fell into the rhythm of this prolific award-winning Australian author. Interestingly, the book’s narrator is death. Death is very busy during WWII as he comes for people of all ages.
This fiction novel is listed as “Young adult literature” but I am glad I did know that or I may have missed a very good read. I loved the book and look forward to seeing the movie.