The Book Thief


THE BOOK
is narrated by Death and written by Markus Zusak. Death tells the story of a young girl’s tribulated journey through WWII. The book is a departure from many tales of wartime persecution as its main character is not Jewish.
WHY I PICKED IT UP
The title intrigued me.
WHERE/WHY I STOPPED
I read until the beginning of the chapter “The Woman with the Iron Fist.” This is far longer than I usually read before quitting, but at this point I was not emotionally invested. To Zusek’s credit, he has a strong, distinct voice, and reading from Death’s perspective is entertaining. Alas, at the end of the first chapter, there was nothing going on to make me care what happened next.
WHAT COULD BE BETTER, IF ANYTHING
First off, let me say the prologue is excellent. It establishes an irreverent tone surrounding death while enticing us with windows into key plot moments. My main gripe lies with the lack of plot past the prologue.  By the end of the first chapter no cause-effect relationship between events is established. This may be a stylistic choice on the part of the author but it did not work for me. Also, Death’s metaphors, though unique, were often distracting from the story.

 

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