Read from January 07, 2014 to March 06, 2015
I received The Book Thief from a friend who hadn’t read it, but knew I was into books. I was very excited because I’d heard a lot of hype and never anything wrong about it. My brother read it and said “I think you’ll like it,” which he does rarely.
Well guys, I didn’t like it.
I can’t put my finger on it; maybe it’s because the story was told in past tense. Maybe because someone unrelated to the story, aka “Death,” is the teller of the story, stating he was never there but three times, however, could gather what happened through a journal written by the main character that the readers never see (a perspective on a perspective).
It could also be the fact that the book’s premise promises WWII action, but only gives us a few air raids and some marching of the Jews about the time the book is nearly over. It feels like there’s no plot, but instead a memoir. (By the way, the author, Markus Zusak, on his blog said he wrote down stories of his German parents’ childhood and came up with Liesel that way. Of course it would come off as a memoir to some readers. Also, we aren’t following a Jew (well, Max didn’t have much going on) so we have little to no really interesting conflict in an average German’s house compared to what we could read in a story based off Jews.
After arguing with my brother on the matter, he says that there are so many stories of Jews during WWII and rarely does he see books like this one based off the Germans and that’s why he liked it. I’m glad the book existed for that reason – every story should be told – but as a reading pleasure, I was so bored.
Honestly, I was given the impression that this was going to as good as Maus or a non-fiction WWII history book I once read, full of action and grimly stunning images, but this book is really just about thieving and childhood. I didn’t get much else out of it and if I was supposed to, I didn’t. I was extremely disappointed 😦 because of how much I wanted to like it. I have some sort of OCD about not finishing a book that I’ve already started, or else I would’ve quit sometime after chapter two, when “death” started annoying the crap out of me. I don’t really enjoy so many perspectives at once.
I already own Zusak’s other book, I Am The Messenger, and plan on giving him another shot. The Book Thief was his first book, after all. I plan on watching the movie still, of course! Maybe I’ll be able to appreciate the story more.
I gave The Book Thief a 2/5. Rating system below.
- My rating system stands: 5/5 is a knock out of the park; this book deserves to be read by everyone. 4/5 is, “I really liked it,” but it did have a couple of kinks. 3/5 is, “I believe there are a lot of people who would enjoy this book, but for one reason or another, it didn’t sit well with me.” 2/5 is, “I really didn’t enjoy it and I’m not going to recommend it.” 1/5 is, “no one read this – throw it in a lake.”
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