Hey guys! So some of you know that I have been meaning to make a blog post based on The Book Thief by Mark Zusak. I got the book last year on my birthday and I finally read it. If you have not read it, I highly recommend it for anyone 12 year olds and above. It’s a heart wrenching, beautiful story. Everything from the main character, Liesel Meminger, to the conditions of Hitler Germany in WW2 captures the reader and takes them into this heart-breaking story. Warning: I will be spoiling the book!
From the moment Liesel’s brother dies, this book really had me hooked. The nuanced characters, the portrayal of Nazi Germany, it was all so powerful. If you haven’t read the book, unless you’re fine with the spoilers, don’t look at this and read it first. The nature of the book lends itself to many great messages for the reader.
- Never underestimate the power of kindness. The Hubermanns put a lot on the line for Max Vandenburg. They allowed the Jewish man to live in their basement, an act that could get them arrested, if not executed. Liesel, Rudy, and the Hubermanns also tried to give foods to the Jews in the concentration camps. Rudy Steiner was also a real friend to Liesel and did everything he could for her despite the problems in his own life.
- Even the people with a tough exterior can have hearts. Rosa Hubermann is this person. Throughout the book, we see her give tough love to Liesel and often called her Saumensch (look it up). At the end, we learned that said that to the people she loved the most. Let’s also not forget that she harbored a Jewish man and sat outside every night praying for the safe return of her husband who she treats similar to Liesel. Even Death themselves, who doesn’t like humans all that much, admits that they believed she had a very big heart.
- It’s often the little things that bring the most joy. For Liesel, some of the happiest memories were about her learning to read with her foster father, Hans Hubermann. Max Vandenburg also appreciated the simple things Liesel did for him. Whether she was reading to her or she brings gifts from the outside world, Max felt that she was a great friend.
- Death strikes when you least expect it. The death of our most beloved characters really hit hard in this book. The readers learn that Liesel is the only survivor of the bombing on Himmel Street. This street, named after heaven, was completely destroyed. Then, the readers are taken through a rollercoaster of tears as they learn of the deaths of the characters they have come to love. Rudy, Rosa, Hans, and all her neighbors. They’re all gone.
Tell me why I teared up writing that last point. If you haven’t read this book, read it! There are not enough words to describe how amazing this book is. It’s called The Book Thief by Mark Zusak. I hope you enjoyed this one!
Your sincere writer and confidante,