Set in 1939 Nazi Germany, The Book Thief is a story about Liesel Meminger narrated by Death. Liesel is fostered by the Hans and Rosa Hubermann in Molching, near Munich during World War II. Liesel becomes best friends with her neighbor Rudy, a boy who idolizes the black Olympic champion sprinter Jesse Owens.
“I guess humans like to watch a little destruction. Sand castles, houses of cards, that’s where they begin. Their great skill is their capacity to escalate.”
The Book Thief is a wonderful story full of emotions. It is simply a beautiful and painful story of a young girl as she deals with an important and tragic point in history. Death’s haunting and sympathetic narration was brilliant. It was simply an outstanding book from start to finish.
THE BOOK THIEF—LAST LINE
I have hated the words and
I have loved them,
and I hope I have made them right.