Wednesday, September 02, 2015

The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

Liked it overall.

A 10 year old girl goes to a foster home in a German town around the beginning of the second world war. She is indeed the 'book-thief' that the title announces. How does the story unfold for her? The events are not earth shattering if you have a passing knowledge of germany in WW2. School, food, jews, hitler, love, hate and words. 

What made the book really interesting was the way its told, a first person account written by - death. tender and harsh at the same time, peppered with colors, with events foretold, or not. I had seen the first half of the movie on tv some time back, and it didn't do justice to the book at all. The tone of the book, slightly soft, dreamy and poetic, and peppered with little stones and thorns, accusations like 'thief' and 'pig', which aren't really accusations.. thats the tone that the movie didn't capture at all. 

I found the ending a little dragged out, too many words.. but thats a small complaint. A good read overall. 

One of the lines which captures the feel of the book for me.
"I guess humans like to watch a little destruction. 
Sandcastles, houses of cards, 
that’s where they begin. 
Their great skill is their capacity to escalate."

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