February Book Review: The Book Thief
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The Book Thief is my all-time favorite book. As a former librarian and a generally well-read person, I think that’s saying a lot. Since I discovered it just a few years ago, I’ve read it at least 5 times, and I always discover something new within its pages. It is one of those books that can literally change your perspective of the world.
The story is narrated by Death, who has been very busy lately, seeing as the year is 1939. He gives us a glimpse into the world of Liesel Meminger, a nine year old girl who steals her first book (The Gravedigger’s Handbook) from the cemetery where she has just buried her brother. She doesn’t know how to read yet, but that all changes when she meets her foster father, a loveable man who encourages Liesel’s curiosity. She continues to steal books wherever she can find them, from Nazi book burnings to the mayor’s house. Her thirst for knowledge comes at a dangerous time. Hitler has risen to power and is trying to control the information disseminated to the German people. When Liesel’s foster family agrees to hide a Jew in their basement, Liesel recognizes just how powerful words can be, and their ability to harm or to heal.
If you only read one book this year, it should be The Book Thief. With the current political climate, never has it been more important to remember the power of words and how the people who control them can affect a nation. The compassion that the characters in The Book Thief show for one another is another important reminder that we are all people, and that love and understanding can give us hope in the darkest of times. Click here to order your own copy of this incredible book from Amazon.