The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. Wow what do I say, where do I begin. This is the second book by Marcus I have read. The first 'I Am The Messenger' was suggested to me by a wonderful blogging friend Monique and I loved it. This book though is very different than the first. Written about the lives of Liesel Meminger, her foster parents Hans and Rosa, her best friend Rudy and the young Jewish man Max, hidden in their basement and narrated by the character Death, this tale is unlike any other I have read.
I found it a little perplexing in the first few pages as they are Death talking to you. Explaining how he sees the world, the people in it and the colours that change throughout each day. Yes strange I know. I actually started this once read a few pages and put it down, it just didn't make sense. A few months later I picked it up again and persevered and after the first chapter I understood how to read this book.
It is a young adult book and it is wonderful. With a string of bestseller awards, rave reviews from many newspapers and winner of the National Jewish Book Award, I urge you to read every page.
I really enjoyed this book. It is sad at times, funny, very, very thought provoking and not unlike the story of Anne Frank.
A really great worthwhile read.