Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Book Thief

by Rachael Renee Anderson

A couple of months ago a friend of mine lent me this book. I started reading, couldn't really get into it, and set it aside. This past week, I picked it up again, determined to finish it just so I could return it.

So glad I did. What an incredible book! Written from a POV of an angel of death, it offered a new and poignant perspective on WWII. Through the course of the book, you come to respect and love the narrator, as well as those people he chooses to observe and almost look after.

It has moments of sadness, yes, but it's more about kindness, love, sacrifice, and finding joy in the moments. It's a book that teaches, uplifts, and reminds us all how truly blessed we really are.

If nothing else, read it for the writing alone. Markus Zusak is a gifted writer and The Book Thief is a phenomenal book.


Valerie Ipson said...

I started this book, but could not get into it. Several people have mentioned though that it is worth the read. I'll have to try again.

Michael Knudsen said...

My teenage daughter has been hounding me to read this one. On your recommendation, I will cave to the pressure.