And we’re back with the bright side of the moon!
This week we seized the coolest celebrating dates that January has and decided to make this special in tribute to the Reader’s Day, which happened on January 07. We’re going to talk about our favourite reads – meaning – our special books.
I chose one of my favourite books in the world: The Book Thief – which I confess I needed at least three attempts to manage to finish it, not because it’s bad or difficult, but when I tried I wasn’t the reading fan I became years after.
I don’t know why this title became my favourite, maybe because it’s death telling us what happened, maybe because of the melancholic scenery, maybe because the love of the main character for reading, clinging to that refuge amidst war, hunger, cold and fear.
Reading is addicting! We can’t stop reading, it flows so well – besides being a little painful – we have to know what will happen with each character, each action and each moment we spend with this incredible narrative.
Definitely it isn’t a read for people who don’t like to suffer. We already start it with a super sad scene, and on that scene we already see our main character stealing – or thinking – her first book. From then on, many other sad things happen, but one of the things I like most is how she is optimist and always sees a bright side.
Synopsis: “The trajectory of Liesel Merminger is told by a morbid narrator, surprisingly charismatic. Upon realizing the little book thief escapes her, Death sympathyzes with the girl and follow her footsteps from 1939 to 1943. Traces of a survivor: her mother being a communist, prosecuted by nazism, sends Liesel and her brother to the poor suburbs of a German city, where a couple adopts them for money. The boy dies on the trajectory and is buried by a man who drops a book on the snow. It’s the first of a series of books the girl will steal during the years. The only connection with family is this title, which she still doesn’t know how to read.
Haunted by nightmares, she compensates fear and solitude during the nights with her adoptive father, a wall painter who gives her reading lessons. Taught under the ignorance of her step mother, Liesel channels urges to literature. During times of book burnings, she steals them, or reads them on the city’s mayor library.
Life around her is a pseudo-reality created around the cult to Hitler during the Second World War. She watches the efusive celebration of the Führer’s birthday around the neighbourhood. She fears the owner of the shop in the corner, collaborator to the Third Reich. She befriends a boy forced to join Hitler’s Youth. And helps her father to hide in the basement a Jew who writes art books to tell his part on that History. Death, perplexed with human violence, gives a light and fun tone to the narrative of this heavy conflict between lost childhood and the cruelty of the adult world, an absolute success – and rare – of critics and audience.”
This synopsis already tells us a lot about the book that awaits us, it just doesn’t tell how it’s pleasant and even – I’ll say it again – with sad parts, we can have fun during many moments, like the girl’s step mother’s ramblings, or her friend, weird with many brothers, who managed to make everything more pleasant and interesting.
All the learning process of reading from her is also very interesting, it’s nice to see and her effort is rewarding to follow, we root for her to be able to read more and more and continue to have pleasure while doing it. It’s nice to see how her life changes and takes a less heavier form when she is around words, printed pages with stories and even instructions – it depended on the book she stole or she had access on that moment.
During some moments we think nothing will go right and we have scenes we could definitely live without – look at me trying not to five HUGE spoilers – but keep the faith, after a lot of crying, we have a pleasant ending.
This work is a drama from the Australian writer Markus Zusak, published in 2005 by Picador, and here on Brazil bt Intrínseca.
The Movie Adaptation!
In November 8th, 2013, directed by Brian Percival, producted by Ken Blancato e Karen Rosenfelt and distributed by 20th Century Fox, the book was adapted to the big screens – and I swer for anything that is sacred in this world, how I suffered with that news, being scared: many book adaptations are frustrating and at this moment I had already read the book at least 3 times.
When I watched the trailer, I thought it was very promising, so I got a little more excited with the idea of seeing someone giving life to those characters and that story that had me glued to the book – and does that to this day. But wen the movie came out and I watched it – because I needed to see as soon as possible what happened to my favourite book on that adaptation – it surprised my in a positive way.
It’s important to remember that in any book adaptation, be it for movies, series, short series and such, they’re never equal, because of the shorter production time and incorporation of so many details. In The Book Thief it wasn’t different, but we don’t miss anything, because a detail or another that was left out didn’t impact on the fidelity of the production with the book.
It was very faithful to the text and to what was really the reading proposal. All the important points were there, all the main plot points and of course an excelent cast – I was impressed with how the cast was chosen and how everything “married” perfectly well.
Movie Synopsis: “During the Second World War, a young girl called Liesel Meminger survives outside Munich reading books that she steals. Aided by her adoptive father, she learns to read and talk about books with her friends, including a Jew who lives clandestinely on her house. While she isn’t reading or studying, she does some taks for her mother and plays with her friend Rudy”.
Bonus, with no regrets: Watch and Read The Book Thief
That’s it, read this amazing book and watch the movie as well, in any of those platforms there are regrets!
And watch in:
Youtube Movies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1djnqawQcng
Google Play Movies: https://play.google.com/store/movies/details?id=5K1IAu63Snc
And don’t forget to read the incredible recommendations on this special, we’re all excited here at the Sisterhood of the Moon to share them with you!