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.