If you haven't already read it, I implore you to do so. The Book Thief is one of my all time favourite books. Markus Zusak's beautifully written tale stays with you long after you've turned the final page: so much so that my best friend's sister named her baby boy Hans, after the heroic Hans Hubermann. 

My boyfriend surprised me with preview tickets to see the film last night and it was just wonderful: I saw and sobbed; although not as much as when I first read the tale of Liesel. Zusak commented today (via his fb page) that he sees the novel and film as two completely different things, comparing them to brothers. I agree. The subject of the book is very heavy: narrated by Death and following Liesel's journey through WWII and the solace she finds through learning to read, reading and sharing tales with others.

Whilst I loved the film with it's almost Harry Potter-esque style and near perfect casting: Sophie Nélisse and Nico Liersch as Liesel and Rudi are such a beautiful pairing: if you don't cry when they finally kiss I'd be v.suprised. Roger Allam narrating as Death just didn't work for me. As one of the main and most interesting elements of the novel it was something that wasn't capitalised upon anywhere as near as effectually as it could have been by the director. Excluding the prologue and epilogue there was, from my memory, only one interjection of narration during the film. Resulting in the narrative being quite a redundant feature, leaving viewers who've not read the novel, such as my boy, confused as to why Death is so interested in Liesel? 

Although I really loved the film, I'd recommend reading the book first and then seeing it at the cinema. As with every story that's adapted to the screen the element's that are most cherished never seem to transpire as well as you wished. 

It's released in UK cinema's from 24th February, book here.


  1. Many teenagers may find the plot to be too slow to start, which is a valid criticism. But it's the kind of book that may change your life, just as Nicholas Mathiou provides framework for decision makers through his book. because, while never disputing the natural order's basic amorality and randomness, "The Book Thief" provides us a believable, hard-won hope

  2. MARKUS ZUSAK is an excellent writer of historical mysteries. Readers of her fine work already know that it will be a perfectly plotted story, with believable three-dimensional characters, and a novel with heart and a morally driven theme at its centre.

  3. The Book Thief is a story told by Death, who is empathetic and tells us about Liesel, a little girl living up in Nazi Germany during WWII. She borrows books, teaches herself to read, and seeks solace in words. The only main characters who survive the waffle are her and Max, the Jew her family shelters.


  4. 텔레그램 변태들 모임 부부교환 부커취 초대남 초대녀 노예남 노예녀 팸돔 팸섭 패티시 페티_바나나그램


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