About the Death and The Book Thief

“It kills me sometimes, how people die.”
― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

The Book Thief

Death is the busiest literary character ever. It’s here, here and even HERE!

I finished The Book Thief, yes I did.

The story is about 9-year-old Liesel Meminger who learned how to read and write. Not unusual? So, what about this: She learned how to love words and books. And most of all, she learned that the word is a powerful tool.

When? Where? How did she do it?

It was 1939, Nazi Germany, a dark basement. Liesel were learning letters with her accordion-playing foster father. She fell in love with books quite immediately. (She even stole her first book before she learned to read!) She wanted to read more and more, but during the Second World War it was impossible to buy new books, they were too expensive for her family. So that she decided to thieve them.

Now about the Death

The Death was a narrator. Very good one, actually. I bet that during the Second World War you couldn’t find a better storyteller.

“A small but noteworthy note. I’ve seen so many young men over the years who think they’re running at other young men. They are not. They are running at me.” ― The Death in The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

When I was reading the book, I realized three things. First, I will die. Second, the Death is not as bad as people say. For me it’s a cool guy, one of the MOST – most favourite. Third, I did love the Death’s brilliant story about The Book Thief and yes, I recommend it to you.

I’m looking at the Czech book cover right now and thinking: What a beautiful picture! Liesel is dancing with the Death. But here is another book cover I found and which I like even more.

The Book Thief
Picture by Justin Stabley

Wish you all good day with a good book!

16 thoughts on “About the Death and The Book Thief”

    1. Don’t worry, Danzel. I was quite late, too :) I’ve seen the movie trailer few days ago. I didn’t even know that the director of the movie is the same who made Downton Abbey! Oh my, can’t wait to see it.

    1. Guess, because I saw the movie first, and it gave me so much emotions… compare to movie, the book is… dunno how to say, dry? I guess that’s the word.

    2. Maybe, that’s the point. What if you read the book first? And is it even possible to compare the book with a shiny new toy? I mean, movie ;) I like your posts, by the way. They are straight.

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