3rd December 2020
Writing: Shaylin Patel (Year 10)
Photography: Amal Shakir (Year 12)
Editing: Amal Shakir (Year 12)
This is a book to cherish for eternity. If you are looking for a new emotional, challenging and unique book to read, then this is the one for you.
The Book Thief tells the story of Liesel, narrated by 'Death' who has in his possession the book she wrote about Nazi rule in the years 1939-1943. Published in 2005, and set in Germany, Markus Zusak has shown he's an artist of words, a poet and an ink-slinging wonder with this marvel of a novel.
By her brother’s graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she gets a solitary item, partly covered up in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left there, and it is her first illustration of book thievery. She starts a connection with books and words as Liesel, with the support of her foster father, discovers how to read. Before long she is taking books from Nazi book-burnings, the Mayor's wife's magnificent library; any place that there were books to be found, Leisel would be there.
However, these are treacherous circumstances. When Liesel's foster family decided to hide a Jew in their basement, Liesel's reality was susceptible to heartbreak and elation.
Zusak makes great use of vocab to really make every word count; the vivid language instantly transported me into the world. I would certainly recommend The Book Thief. This book is a complex, unique and tragic story and I hope that one day you will be able to enjoy it as I have.