Book Review Of The Book Thief

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The Book Thief is a fictional story narrated by death , based in Nazi Germany, during the time of war.. The story traces a young girl’s tragic life, her relation with her foster parents, and with a young Jew who hides in her house during the Second World War. The book also traces the life and times during the infamous autocratic rule of Hitler and what it meant to be living during times of war and bloodshed.

The book tells the story of Liesel Meminger and is set in the year 1939 in the fictional town of Molching, Germany. The story is narrated by Death, starting with when she first catches him take away her young brother’s souls. During the burial, she manages to “steal” her first ever book, thus justifying the title ‘The Book Thief’. The story furthers into Liesel meeting her new foster parents, Rosa and Hans Hubermann, as her own “kommunist” mother is unable to sustain her children. She soon befriends her neighbour, Rudy Steiner, her only true and best friend in the new city. Liesel also forms a special bond with her father, Hans, who despite his own poor ability to read and write starts giving midnight lessons to Liesel. Sooner than he knew, Liesel could read and write and her love for books grew only deeper. The second time that Liesel stole a book was on the day of the March. Later that night when only ashes of the ‘intellectual dirt’ remained, she rummaged through the rubble to find her second book. A partly burnt red hardcover with golden writing. Little did
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