Published by Knopf Books on March 14th 2006
Genres: Historical, Young Adult
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.
Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.
In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.
Since I already totally did that fangirl thing over in my review of the Book Thief, I’m going to do this review of the movie a tad different. What I saw in the movie that is different from the book, although to be honest, I did read this nearly two years ago so I may not have caught a lot. And in actuality there were only a few glaring things …
Firstly the movie was wonderful. They did have Death narrating which I just loved. Being a Terry Pratchett fan I feel like I already have a connection with Death. Strange but true. Terry Pratchett has inserted Death into quite a few of his Discworld books. So straight away I enjoyed the fact that they kept Death narrating. I think it adds so much to the story even though he is in so little.
They also kept the story of the girl Liesel and her family pretty much the same.
The differences that caught me were:
- The fake wall they erect for Max wound up just being a flag. I thought this idea was so ingenious and I was really looking forward to that moment, so when it didn’t happen I felt a little let down. But not overly because we still have Max. YAY!
- There was a moment in the movie where there are Jews being brought through the town and Liesel basically freaks out looking for Max. There’s also another moment where Hans gets into massive trouble for telling a German Soldier that the man they are taking is a good man. What I remember from the book was Hans giving one of the Jews bread. Hans gets into trouble and then while the Germans are dealing with Hans, Liesel decides to give the bread to another Jew.
- Liesel didn’t kiss Ruddy. I’m almost 99.9% sure that she kisses Ruddy! I will have to re-read to find out. Or if you remember and have read the book… did she?
- I didn’t come away from the movie feeling the same way I did from the book. When I finished reading The Book Thief I felt like life was changed somehow. I learned something even if I wasn’t quite sure what. For the movie I was still completely in tears so I didn’t get that chance at putting it all together and getting to that happy, contented feeling. It was still there (ish) just needed more time for it to become apparent.
All in all the movie was just as fantastic as I thought it would be. I loved every excruciating and delightful moment! Definitely a movie I’m going to buy!