Book Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

  • Author: Markus Zusak 
  • Publisher: Black Swan •2005• 
  • Series or Standalone: Standalone 
  • Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Fiction 
  • Source or Bought: Bought on a recent haul  
  • Goodreads Rating: 4.37 
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“I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.” 

Liesel Meminger

Synopsis:

HERE IS A SMALL FACT – YOU ARE GOING TO DIE 
1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. 
Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall. 

SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION – THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH 
It’s a small story, about: 
a girl 
an accordionist 
some fanatical Germans 
a Jewish fist fighter 
and quite a lot of thievery. 

ANOTHER THING YOU SHOULD KNOW – DEATH WILL VISIT THE BOOK THIEF THREE TIMES 

My Review:

I picked this book up in one of my recent hauls after hearing so much hype about it over the years, and I wanted to watch the film (I always read the book first). The story follows Liesel a young girl who goes to live with the Humbermanns on the ironically named Himmel street. We follow her adventures with a cast of lovable characters, from her first book stealing to her last. 

I really enjoyed the use of Death as the narrator especially how he was portrayed as a charming, sentimental slave to humanity. Rather than the creepy figure I would have associated with death.  

The backdrop of the poor neighbourhood during the 2nd world war showed an interesting perspective on Germany. Whilst providing the characters with the conditions to display their true spirit. My favourite characters have to be Rudy, Liesel’s truest friend, who admirably walks to the beat of his own drum. Rosa, who despite being strict has the biggest heart and of course Hans who is probably just perfect. 

This is a beautiful book dedicated to the power and importance of the written word be it a published novel, a letter or a scribbled story on a painted copy of mien kampf.  

100% do not recommend if you are looking for a happy ending. 100% recommend if you want to read a life affirming novel that may require a box of tissues and the excuse of having something in your eye.  Happy Reading Friends!  

My Rating: 4.5/5

12 thoughts on “Book Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

  1. I really loved this book– more than I expected. And I think the narration of death is what made it so great– I loved his perspective on the world. And I loved the last line in the book!! And I think Rudy was my favourite character as well!! 😊

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  2. I haven’t read this, it was one of the books that we could chose for studying when I was at school but I didn’t go for it. Maybe there will be a time to read but not right now. Great review. Have you seen the movies. 🙂

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  3. This book really surprised me in a positive way and to be honest the film stays really really close to the book. One of the best adaptations I have seen in a very long time.

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