When I started to read this book, I was excited. I still am. This book has not let me down yet, and I doubt it will. The Book Thief is a tale of a young foster child in the Holocaust. Now, one would think that the girl, Liesel, would be the narrator. In fact, that assumption is dead wrong. The book is told from the perspective of the “Grim Reaper”. Many readers might object to this perspective due to the fact that it is unconventional and sort of a fantasy narrator. I actually quite enjoy the perspective because it adds a bit of humor, and provides historical information that Liesel would not have known; due to the fact that she has not been fully educated and is young when the book begins. The Grim Reaper tells the story as he saw it unfold, captivated by Liesel, who he “lovingly” calls the “Book Thief”. Hence the title of the book.
The one thing that was confusing about The Book Thief was the introduction. The reader has not been introduced to who the narrator is, and I found myself very confused. The Grim Reaper starts out talking about colors and Liesel, which left me feeling lost about the story. I pushed on though, hoping it would get better, which it did. I guess one would say that this introduction is like someone is having a conversation with you. That format works with some, but not for me; at least when I first began this book. As I read on, it became easier to read and I found myself enjoying this style of writing. I have never encountered a Holocaust book written this way, and I have read quite a lot due to the fact that I enjoy that genre immensely. The Book Thief is also different from normal Holocaust books in another way. This book touches upon the view of a child in the Holocaust, but what is different is that the child is not Jewish. In this genre of books, the view is most likely Jewish, The Book Thief though, is told from a girl who is in Hitler Youth.
What I love most about this book is that it captivates the reader. I am always excited to turn the page and find out what happens next. This novel is definitely a “page-turner”. It is soon turning into one of my favorite books I have read this year. I can not wait to read more about Liesel’s journey in Nazi Germany.