Blurb from Goodreads
HERE IS A SMALL FACT:
YOU ARE GOING TO DIE.
1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier.
Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with her foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.
SOME MORE IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH.
It’s a small story, about:
some fanatical Germans
a Jewish fist fighter
and quite a lot of thievery.
ANOTHER THING YOU SHOULD KNOW:
DEATH WILL VISIT THE BOOK THIEF THREE TIMES.
I hated it.
I hated it so much that I don’t even want to rant.
I forced myself to read this all day and didn’t enjoy it for a second.
Maybe I’m cold and dead inside because when the inevitable *sad parts* came all I felt was relief that I would soon be put out of my misery and this obnoxiously written book would finally be at an end.
Did I cry? Did I feel moved? Hell to the no.
My lasting memory of this book is how in the heck is this so popular.
Has everyone else read a different book to me??? This has an average rating of 4.7 among my GR friends and I was so sure that I would love it. I thought this book would break me.
Well I guess I was right in a way because it broke my spirit in that I seriously was giving up the will to live by the end. I just wanted it over so badly.
I was thinking maybe two stars because I can see merits to the plot…
But I have such a strong dislike towards this book. A visceral dislike. That I simply can’t award it two stars.
Because I frequently give two stars to books that I gain some enjoyment from. This sucked the life out of me. Guess I should have known it would as its narrated by the king of life-suckers aka Death. What a dreadful personality he had. He just tried to be a mixture of funny and insightful and it came off as being a smart arse. And a dull smart arse. I normally like smart arses. God knows I am one myself at the best of times…. But this dude… *shudders*
Also that much foreshadowing from you Death. Just say no. Not only does death kill people (or suck their life essences away or what have you) but he kills a story with his smarmy foreshadowing.
As for Liesel. How can I not feel one thing towards this character other than ambivalence after 554 pages????
The supporting characters… Didn’t care one iota about them either. Papa was nice I guess. But it was all so maudlin and they were at best caricatures of people rather than feeling well rounded, living breathing souls.
And yet another unpopular opinion from me.
Why am I like this???? I give up.
*insert Emer is not amused face*