The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Hmm. I'm not sure what to say. I liked the characters, Liesel, Hans (loved the kind and courageous Hans), Rosa (we truly see Rosa for who she is when she shows up at the school to 'yell' and 'smack' Liesel), and Max.
I hated the narration by Death.
I liked the book thief as an underlying story, Liesel stealing words back. Although, I couldn't for the life of me understand the reason for the specific books she stole, except the Grave Robber's Handbook of all books. Of course, at the point of the second stolen book I was laboriously struggling through the remainder of the book.
I hated the literary devices the author used: bullet bold-texts brazenly inserted everywhere that I suppose are the authors attempt at informing his reader exactly what he was meaning, like we wouldn't be able to figure it out ourselves, a truly unsettling narrative style, and his attempts to make this a page-turner by telling what happens next then tells what happens next and I'm left irritated he told what happened next.
I liked seeing the German people as human beings rather than the derogatory termed Nazi; and the insights into life as a German (not a Jew, although we see that also) in a war-torn country.
I was emotionally charged during the last chapters, but after a long long story, life within the pages of the book thief seemed to just come to an abrupt, screeching halt. And, left me saying, Huh?
While reviews for this book are overwhelmingly positive I cannot give The Book Thief a good review even though I did love the character Hans, liked some things about the book, but disliked much, if not all, of the writing style. 2.5 Stars is about all I can muster.