Monday, March 10, 2008
Here is a Small Fact: You Are Going to Die
This is my review on Markus Zusak's The Book Thief.
One often get stories on the holocaust from the perspective of the Jews, but this one is from the perspective of some good Germans. The Book Thief is set in during and post-World War II Germany, narrated from the point of view of Death himself, it's a worthy read. You will fall in love with the characters, you will actually symphatize with Death.
Humane, morbid, sad, funny, emotional. Truly outstanding. Bravo to the author.
Some noteworthy lines from the book:
"Some of you are most likely thinking that white is not really a color and all of that tired sort of nonsense. Well, I'm here to tell you that it is. White is without question a color, and personally, I don't think you want to argue with me."
"HERE IS A SMALL FACT. You are going to die"
"The Book Thief is unsettling and unsentimental, yet ultimately poetic. Its grimness and tragedy run through the reader's mind like a black-and-white movie, bereft of the colors of life. Zusak may not have lived under Nazi domination, but The Book Thief deserves a place on the same shelf with The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank and Elie Wiesel's Night. It seems poised to become a classic."
- USA Today