The Book Thief

The Book Thief Stole My Heart

I was fortunate to be invited by a friend to see The Book Thief a film based on the beloved international bestseller by Markus Zusak.  I was enthralled by  every minute of this film;  a world at war as seen through the eyes of a child.  The story is of a spirited young girl sent to live with a foster family in WWII Germany. Intrigued by the only book she brought with her, a book that a minister has dropped in the snow when her little brother is being buried and she picks up, she begins collecting books as she finds them. A child who wants to learn to read and creates a magical world. The film was shown at the Rivoli  a beautiful old theatre in Camberwell, Victoria. This is the suburb where Geoffrey Rush lives (or nearby) and he came along. He introduced the film and was interviewed when the film finished. He then answered questions from the audience about the film and the actors and his role in it. Our own local boy made good. I wish he would swap acting for politics and become Prime Minister! He  told the audience his next role is the Sun God, Ra, so I guess I’d rather see him acting than anything else. There are actors, who even when not acting, your eyes follow, Geoffrey is one such actor. The film is one not to miss.  It portrays the power of goodness and determination and how one young girl’s overpowering love and magical thinking can overcome death, who in this movie, was a rather intriguing character. I loved this movie and out of ten stars I would give it ten.

Have you read the short story by Somerset Maugham about a person who meets Death in the market place? One to check out and read.

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