Let’s talk about something different today. I have never written a blog post about a book. I am not a huge fan of reading. However, I read a book last week, which entirely changed my mind about books. The Book Thief is an unusual story that takes place during the World War 2, it is about the life of a foster child in Nazi Germany and the Jewish boy she hides in her basement. It’s written by Markus Zusak, who is also known for The Messenger. The book was Originally published in 2005. It is an amazing book, the characters suffer cruel fates but also are great examples of the power of personal sacrifice, heroism, friendship, and courage.
Summary of The Book
The protagonist of the story is a 10 years old girl Liesel, who is traumatized by her brother’s death. Liesel steals her first book at her brother’s burial who died while they were on their way to their foster home. Still recovering from her brother’s death, Liesel cannot read and for that, gets bullied at school. Hans, Liesel’s foster Dad, secretly teaches her how to read and shows her the wonders of written language. Liesel and her family are in poor conditions and their situation gets even worse when they secretly shelter a Jewish boy, Max. Max’s Father saved Hans life during World War I and for that Hans believes he owes him. Max is haunted by the last memory of his mother and understands the power of words. He helps Liesel learn more about reading and words and becomes great friends with Liesel in no time. Liesel grows up to have a great admiration for books, Liesel begins to not only steal books the Nazi party is looking to destroy, but also write her own stories and share the power of language with Max. Liesel later finds a partner in crime, Rudy. He is her neighbor who falls in love with her the second he sees her. Rudy is a great athlete and is very competitive. He always sticks up for Liesel and helps him steal books.
Decision-Making Process Theme
Liesel starts off desperately wanting to learn how to read. She loves how words can comfort her and others around her. However, she realizes that words can be very ugly, especially in the way Hitler uses them to encourage Germans to perform horrific acts of violence. She realizes that these same words are responsible for taking her mother and her brother away. Sometimes, she hates words and wishes she could be without them, but she goes on to write her own story, hoping that she can find the right words.
THE KINDNESS AND CRUELTY OF HUMANS
The novel teaches us that there is always something that we can do. A simple act of kindness can give someone hope and reduce their suffering.