Narrated by Death, The Book Thief follows the childhood of Liesel Meminger, a German girl whose life sees Death too often during World War II. Despite her circumstances, Liesel leads a good life outside Munich with her stern foster mother and accordion-playing foster father. Titled The Book Thief because Liesel can’t resist stealing books, her adventures include harboring a Jewish man and calming the townspeople during air raids by reading to them.
Though equally heart-breaking and uplifting, The Book Thief fairly examines the effects of World War II on average German families. When I started the book, I didn’t think I would feel sympathetic to a group of people whose country committed such atrocities. Upon finishing it, I realized not all Germans agreed with the Nazi’s actions and those who spoke out or took action were often severely punished.
Reading The Book Thief will change your life (or at least your perspective)!
By the way, The Book Thief is #21 on Amazon’s list of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime. Thirty-nine more books to go!