One of the last books I picked up over the summer was The Book Thief. I had noticed that several of my friends were reading and suggested it as a good read. It also made a few lists of the books you need to read before you watch them. I am so glad I did this is one of the best books I have read in the last few years and I would recommend it to anyone.
One of the best aspects of this book was the unique points of view. The entire book was written from the point of view of death. It was interesting to think about and see what death would be like if they were a person and their take on what it means to usher someone from this life to the next. In addition to the unique viewpoint of the book that characters in this novel were amazing. Anyone who has read my reviews knows that I am big on the characters in the book. Not only in this book was a immediately attached to the main character Liesle but the secondary characters as well. I was drawn not only to the relationships between the characters I was drawn to them individually. I can honestly say in the sadder moments of the books I openly wept. One of my favorite characters was that of Liesle's best friend and almost boyfriend Rudy. He reminded me of many of the boys that have drifted through my life over the years and I wanted so much more for him.
I think it also is worth noting that the basic story of this book, which is told during the holocaust, has been told a 1000 different ways. Being a history buff I have read countless accounts, novels, memoirs of the holocaust . To me this novel brings a whole new feel to the story not only with the character work and storyline but again the book being told from the point of view of death was key. There was something breathtaking about hearing death describe his work during those most tragic of events during the holocaust.
To me this was a must read I would encourage anyone to read it. This was definitely a 5 out of 5
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