The Book Thief is a very awkward book for me to review and this post will be one of my shorter reviews. I first read The Book Thief several years ago but I felt I should give it a re-read before I saw its upcoming film adaptation. The film isn't out until the 26th of February in the UK.
I remember loving The Book Thief the first time I read it but although I still enjoyed it this time around I found it harder to get through. As I was reading The Book Thief it dawned on me that the book hasn't really stayed with me or left that much of an emotional impact on me. The book hasn't been a "life-changer" for me and I was really surprised at how much of its story I'd forgotten. For this reason I can't call the book an all-time favourite of mine.
I wouldn't have a problem in recommending The Book Thief at all because I know that many readers have been deeply moved by it and the book has some great messages. The book reminds us of the brutality and horror of war. The characters are likeable and engaging; my favourite being the lovely Max Vandenburg. Zusak's writing is descriptive and haunting. There are many lines in the book that I absolutely loved; lines like "I am haunted by humans" and "I have loved the words and I have hated the words and I hope I have made them right". However I've come to the conclusion that the book would have probably left much more of an impact on me if Liesel herself had been the narrator. Having Death as the narrator of the story is a very interesting idea but I think it makes for a lack of intimacy and empathy which is really important for a story like The Book Thief. I still like The Book Thief but I don't enjoy it nearly as much as everyone else seems to.