The book thief.
Publication year: 2008
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: London : Definitions, 2008.
ISBN: 9781862302914 (pbk): 7.99 186230291X : 7.99
Originally published: Australia: Picador, 2005; London: Bodley Head, 2007.
Narrated in the all-knowing matter-of-fact voice of Death, witnessing the story of the citizens of Molching. By 1943, the Allied bombs are falling, and the sirens begin to wail. Liesel shares out her books in the air-raid shelters. But one day, the wail of the sirens comes to late.
No. of reservations: 1
583 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Cricklade Book Club, June 2011 We were very impressed by the book. We felt that it was highly original in its format - the use of death as a narrator provoked different reactions but it brought out the point that whoever you were in life death becomes a great leveller. The story brought out strongly the predicament of poor German people from an early stage in the war with little food, limited work for older people, the threat of the war in Russia for younger men and then the bombing. The ability of the author to introduce humour into a subject, which can only be horrifying and depressing, was admired. The characters were believable and engaging - Hans and Rudy were particularly well drawn.
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