By: Supriya Khadka
Have you ever felt grateful for your circumstances when you are holding a book? Not a very common feeling, is it? Marcus Zusak’s ‘The Book Thief’ will make you think about it.
You do not have to be a fan of a particular genre to like this one. You just need to 'want' to read a book. A paragraph is all it takes to get you hooked. ‘The Book Thief’ is the story of Liesel Mimenger, a young orphan who arrives to live with her new foster parents Rosa and Hans Hubermann. The story takes place in the fictional town of Molching, Germany during the tumultuous years of 1939-1942 under Nazi rule. The narrator in the novel is 'death'. Yes, you read that right. When ‘death’ introduces itself as the narrator in the first chapter, you might make some melancholic assumptions. But, trust me, the story only gets better as you read more of it.
The novel, as the title suggests, is about a book thief. More than that, it is about survival and finding happiness during a tragedy. Already adored by many, ‘The Book Thief’ is a story of love, friendship and family. You will realize your privileges when you are perusing the words in this book. Have you ever wondered how people lived during the Nazi rule? How did they feel? How did they survive? This book tells you all of that by humanizing the characters. You will witness beautiful storytelling which is multiple times more interesting than the thick history books filled with dates. You might even learn a little bit of German as it has some German words. Entertaining, informative, smooth narration and a great story; it checks all the boxes. So, why not give it a go?
When you do decide to read the book, just know that you’ve just signed up for a roller coaster of emotions. The book allows you to delve deep inside every character's mind, and very soon in the story, you will be emotionally attached to many of them. Who knows, you might even start crying.
‘The Book Thief’ is Liesel’s journey. ‘Death’ accompanies Liesel on her journey, and so will you. The book will make you smile in the scenes you least expect. The book will make you contemplate your life without you even realizing it. The book will give you hope; the one thing which all of us desperately need during these challenging times. I would advise you to keep some tissues by your side, though. If you are a sensitive one, just get the whole box. But besides all this, the book is just FUN. So, give it a try. I am sure you will not regret it.
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