The Book Thief

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The book that broke my heart in late November. It took three months to read it. A mere fifty pages remained for the longest time because I knew what was going to happen, I knew who was going to die. The narrator was Death, and he told me who would die far before I reached the end, and I wanted to put off the deaths of those characters as long as I possibly could. I finally finished it November 3oth.

It’s a brilliantly written book. Death is a sympathetic figure who claims to be “haunted by humans,” and the characters are a blend of human gift and human flaw. The tone is dark, and the prose itself is conversational. Beyond emotional torment, it’s an easy read. My favorite characters are predictably Leisel Meminger, Hans Hubermann, and Rudy Steiner.