The Review


Death will break your heart and mend it again by narrating the story of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (historic fiction). The story falls back in the time of Nazi Rule in Germany. The plot revolves around a young girl named Liesel Meminger. The story commences when Liesel along with her younger brother are traveling to their new home, Liesel's younger brother dies in the middle of their journey after which, she steals her first book: The Gravedigger's Handbook. Thus, the true journey of ‘The Book Thief’ begins. With the progression of the plot, her love for books increases, and the cast of characters she meets along the way help make the story an opus magnum. The author has beautifully anthropomorphised death as the narrator giving away quite a few spoilers before unfolding the events.

There are times when we completely forget that it is just fiction. All of it seems so real. The characters of Liesel Meminger (the young girl), Max Vandenburg (the Jew), Hans Hubermann (Liesel’s foster father), Rudy Steiner (Liesel’s partner in crime) all seem like people who actually existed as every detail about the character is wonderfully portrayed.

Observant readers will find that every book Liesel steal is not just a random selection but is somehow connecting the dots of the storyline. With the flip of every page, the author ensures that the reader’s attention doesn’t waver. The usage of powerful words which can destroy and heal at the same time adds a poetic tinge to it. The book leaves us with a lot of feelings and really less and inadequate words to describe them. It’s a slow read because every sentence is so beautifully written that you want to read and re-read again. The book is a must read and an epitome among all the fictions out there.