Film Review: The Book Thief
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4/5 It’s not often that we’re confronted with a story that is narrated by Death – or one that recreates the horror of Second World War era Berlin from the perspective of the ordinary Germans caught up in it. Markus Zusak’s coming of age novel The Book Thief, then, was a rare thing upon its publication in 2006. In depicting the Second World War through the eyes of Liesel, the daughter of a communist who finds herself living with adopted parents the Hubermanns and becoming a (somewhat confused) member of the Hitler Youth, it told a story that we assumed we already knew - and turned it on its head. So, can the highly anticipated film possibly live up to one of the most original books of recent years?
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