“Even death has a heart.”
My darling mother gave me this book. Now, my mother and I disagree on many things; movies, clothes, books. So, when she mailed this to me I opened it with trepidation. I had heard people rave about this book and I had also heard people spitting in this books “face”. So, again, trepidation.
The first thing about this book that is interesting is the narrator is Death and he guides you through the life of a young girl names Liesel who lives in Germany during the Nazi occupation. She is given to a family by her mother, not really ever explained why, but my personal opinion was that her mother was Jewish and she was giving her children to people who could protect them from the impending doom. Since it is stated that Liesel has blonde hair and blue eyes she fits into Hitler’s idea of “the perfect human race”.
While at her adoptive parents house she learns to read and steals a few books, but that isn’t what the story is about. During her formative years a young Jewish man shows up at their door and is quickly smuggled to the basement. His father and her “father” were in the wars together and he promised the man that he would do anything to help him and his family after he died. There the man stays and while there learns to see the world differently through the eyes of a young girl.
Now, you all know that I am not one to ruin an ending or spoil anything; but the book id narrated by Death and is set during a time of great suffering. So, I’m sure most of you can guess how this story ends. I found it fairly easy to read and even heartwarming in places, considering the subject matter. I saw the movie not long after and it wasn’t half bad either. Zusak even makes Death seem like a nice guy.