Title: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
Page Count: 550
Publisher: Alfred P. Knopf
Notable Notables: Unconventional narrator, Nazi Germany, Holocaust remembrance, Censorship
Recommended Readers: Everyone
[This review was originally published on Goodreads.]
Edit: It seems only fitting that my first book review for Where the Words Take Me, a self-proclaimed open love letter to books, should begin with a story about a girl with her own love affair, stealing books from Nazi book burnings. I couldn’t have been more transparent than if I’d chosen Fahrenheit 451.
Allow me to start by saying that I’m one of those people who enjoys studying World War II, having a morbid fascination with the psychology behind Hitler’s Nazi Germany and everything that happened there. Naturally, accounts from Holocaust survivors or historical fiction about the Holocaust is something I find of great importance for us as members of society to read and remember. Because these survivors are dying from old age, and the voice of Holocaust deniers are, unfortunately, growing stronger. We have to keep reading stories like this, for history’s sake if not just for our own.