Sunday, November 24, 2013

Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Published: December 18, 2007
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

By her brother's graveside, Liesel Meminger's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Grave Digger's Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever there are books to be found.

But these are dangerous times. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up and closed down.
My Thoughts
This is probably one of the most unique books I've read in like...forever!

The story is narrated by Death and centers around the events of Nazi Germany in the 1940's.

I try to steer away from recommending books that have a morose tone, but this is a true exception. As much as you hope for, long for, and pray for a happy event to occur, you need to keep reminding yourself that the story is being told by Death, so chances of that happening are slim-to-none.

The main character of the story, Liesel Meminger, captured my heart. I loved the way the author, Markus Zusak, developed Liesel's character throughout the story and by a slight-of-hand, he added a side kick to the story, Rudy, who out of no where comes to be one of the favored characters of the story. Great technique Zusak!

The premise of the story is unique and captivating. The narrator, Death, is much like Liesel where he/she has a way with words. Both of them recognize words for what they really are¿they can be used to stimulate good or evil. Through the power of words, we see how Hitler was able to control a country and persecute people.

Great book, awesome character development, insightful recount of Nazi Germany, and a life-long lesson¿what else can you ask for in a book?
5 Snowflakes


  1. I read this SOOO long ago, but I do remember thinking it was really unique. Perhaps I should schedule a re-read before I see the movie....

  2. I really want to read this, I am nervous that there is a lot of hype and I don't want to be disappointed!

    Ashley @ The Quiet Concert