“This book was really amazing! I mean.... really amazing. I'm actually still processing it, I think.
I liked the fact that it showed some of the effects of WWII from the viewpoint of German citizens. I think too many times we may think of the Germans of that time and think "Nazi" automatically. But I'm sure there were many people who did not agree with Hitler's ideals and actions.
I thought the whole premise of the book was very compelling; the power of words and how they can create and destroy so completely. Plus, I just love that the narrator of the story is Death.
After reading this book, I think Markus Zusak is one of the most talented writers I've read. Talk about the power of words! His prose is like poetry and weaves such a colorful world, you get very attached to the characters without even realizing it... until they're gone. I cried good and hard at the end of this book, despite the positive ending (I was going to say "happy", but that's hard to say based on Liesel's childhood. No matter how her life ended up, she was immutably changed by her experiences on Himmel Street.
I strongly recommend this book! :-)”