Like Ciaphas Cain...only less...well...good...
When I first started reading the book, the first thing that struck me was the fact that the prose voice of Death is very similar to that of Ciaphas Cain
, which I must say is what got me through the first couple chapters without serious impediment. I dug the humor and kept reading until...well it's hard say, because after a while, shit stopped happening and the book went without noticeable landmarks for, God, like three-fourths of the book. In a sudden twist(?) we have the Hubermanns hiding a Jew! Oh, you know, just like every single other book about Nazi Germany ever?
I never saw that one coming! </sarcasm>
I was honestly appalled as I read the book by its often arbitrary commentary on the morals of the Nazi Party. Not that I support them myself, I definitely don't, but when you have Death Himself putting himself against the Fuehrer, now you're just pushing your opinions on people.
When the war starts to affect the citizens of Molching in earnest, I am uncomfortably reminded of the bullshit that calls itself A Tree Grows In Brooklyn
, the worst book I've ever read, but that's a story for another day.
Anyway, in my humble, humble opinion, the author has completely failed to make me engrossed enough to be sympathetic to the characters, to the point where when I read the Tear Jerker
section on the main article, I can't help but suppress a chuckle at the memory.
Everyone's thinking it, I hate to be the one to say it, but isn't it kind of obvious that there was shipping going down between Max and Liesel? The book is always all, "Rudy and Liesel" this and "Rudy and Liesel" that, but the light romance between those two really didn't have much heart and seemed like the author was just trying to distract us from the pedomance he was pulling. In the epilogue, when it doesn't reveal the name of Liesel's husband, only one name came immediately to my mind. You have two guesses who it was (Hint: It's not Rudy). When Liesel is thirteen, Death says something to the effect of, "She had a flat chest and had not yet bled," which has literally no significance to the story at all unless you want to ship Max and Liesel.
I'll just close by saying that Nazi Germany? Really?
There are so many different interesting time periods that this could have been in that aren't so overused. But Nazi Germany? Again?