“With chocolate colored skies, book stealing and Death for a narrator, this is almost close to being a fantasy read. Except that the place the story is happening is Germany waiting for the second World War. And if there's anything more real than reality itself its Nazism.
We see a different face of Death though, one who, as he is ever so busy as a result of the impending world war, finds distraction in the changing colors of the sky and a little girl who takes refuge in the act of stealing books. As Liesel is lured by the magic of the words, so is Death drawn to her and we to Death's narration. Death is equally sombre and funny in describing the times and lives of the Germans torn apart and brought together under Hitler's rule. For Liesel, who loses her father to Hitler's regimes, her brother to illness and her mother to fate, books and the stealing, become a compulsion, even before she learns to read. And she learns that words have the power to create or destroy. As the Fuhrer uses words to manipulate his people, Liesel uses words to calm herself and others around her.
Like any novel on Nazi Germany, it does weigh your heart down and it does break your heart. And it doesn't promise a happy ending either. But this novel gives you a new perspective – that Death is not necessarily grim(atleast for the Jews who try to escape him as well as welcome him), and humans can fascinate even the reaper. This novel is a five-star for me.”
Anitha R wrote this review Wednesday, April 3, 2013.