The book thief – you’ll cry,you’ll smile but you’ll not put this book down

If you ask me top ten best books ,I have read till now in my lifetime ,I’ll name this book in one of those. It was a beautiful heartbreaking book, you’ll smile -you’ll cry but you’ll not put this book down.

It has a very special narration by death itself and therefore death seems less distant and threatening.

Through out the novel, there are deaths of prominent characters also the novel takes place during World War II, deaths and genocide are nearly omnipresent in the novel.

But Death narrates and explains the reasons behind each character’s destruction, as well as explains how he feels when he take the life of each character, and what more the characters could have done to have a better life in a way, all this give a sense of care rather than fear from death .At one point, Death states “even death has a heart,” which reaffirms that there is a care present in the concept of death and dying.

Apart from death I love the how literacy is used to mark the development of character arcs e.g.

In the beginning of the novel,liesel the main character obtains a book at her brother’s funeral, one that she is unable to read. As the story progresses, she slowly learns how to read and write because of the tutelage of her foster father Hans. At the end of the story, her character arc is heavily defined by her ability to read and write. The development of her literacy mirrors her physical growth and strength developing over the course of the story.

Language, reading, and writing also serve as social markers. The wealthy citizens in the story are often portrayed as owning their own libraries and being literate, while the poor characters are illiterate and do not own any books.

The Nazi burning of books is also represented in the novel. Symbolically, Liesel’s continuous rescue of the books the Nazis burn represents her reclaiming of freedom and fight against being controlled by the Nazis.

I also loved the relationship between the protagonist and her foster parents and the refugee max

The foster father Hans have a Loving relationship with Liesel, and becomes a main source of strength and support for her throughout the novel

The foster mother Rosa is written has a sore tounge woman but behind all that she is a very loving wife and mother

Liesel’s neighbor, Rudy, who ultimately become her best friend and eventually falls for her

And max the refugee in Hans house,later befriends Liesel, because of their shared affinity for words. He writes two books for her and presents her with a sketchbook that contains his life story, which helps Liesel to develop as a writer and reader, which, in turn, saves her life from the bombs.

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