This was my second time reading The Book Thief, and I definitely appreciated it more. Even after 8 or 9 years between readings, this book still stuck in my mind. I remember loving the characters, the narrator and the writing.
On my second read, I feel like I was really able to absorb what I was reading, appreciate the characters and their struggles, and really marvel at Zusak’s writing. He writes in a way that is truly different – he makes the reader see words as objects, feelings as colours. I really felt my imagination working, picturing the characters, seeing the words and the colours in the sky.
One of my favourite aspects of this book was the narrator being Death. It was definitely a new, surprising outlook on life and how we all interact with each other. How our words and actions can cause a ripple effect on our world and the people in it – even years after.
While the main story in this book is the development of the main character, Liesel, we are always dealing with a very heavy subject in our world history: World War Two and Hitler’s persecution of an entire race of people. While this was a subplot of the novel, it still created a heavy atmosphere, and enhanced the adventures and struggles of the family we follow.
As a book lover, I really enjoyed watching Liesel discover a love of reading and books, and having that desire for an exciting new read. She struggles in the beginning, as we all do, but flourishes into a confident, creative individual.
Overall, the characters in this novel were touching, the story was beautiful, and the author wrote everything so creatively. I will definitely be looking into more work by Markus Zusak.