The Book Thief.
The Book Thief is about a time known as world war 2 were the main protagonist is a little nine year old foster child in Nazi Germany who was taken into foster care after her mother could no longer take care of her. The main antagonist in the book is Hitler and Nazi Germany. The book thief is quite a unique book as the narrator of the book isn’t the protagonist but is something that is around us called death. Death makes a perfect chronicler as death all around us and sees everything and everyone. Death never misses a venue and is also never late. My overall impression of the book is not a favourable one for me as the book was quite relaxed and struggled to fit into a particular genre. The book being mean for young adults studies too many themes making it quite difficult for the reader to understand after reading it for the first time.
One incident in that made me have a negative view on the book: “He didn’t deserve to die the way he did” (Zusak, 2005 p261). Zusak deliberately gives away the ending of the when he exposes the future through death that Rudy Steiner would die during the period of the book. This statement became more convincing because he then puts another sentence that confirms this information on page 262. “Recollections like those merely remind me the he was no deserving of the fate that met him a little less than two years later” (Zusak, 2005 p262). This information ruins the book for me as Rudy Steiner and Rosa Hubermann are the most likeable characters for me.
When I read this I had assumed that Zusak had intentionally done this to keep the reader from not getting jaded from reading the book but when the volume finally reached the climax it was quite disappointing as the end was considerably predictable because of this. The best part of reading books for me is getting to the ending because the ending is usually unpredictable ending has been spoiled the book is not worth reading because you know what to expect. Thee...