Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Book Thief (Book Review)

Title: The Book Theif
Author: Markus Zusak
Source: Gift from my sister
Publisher: Alfred A Knopf

Goodreads Summary:
It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

I love books about World War II. Not ones about the actual war but books set in the time during the war. And this book in no exception to that love. It shows a side of the war that most of us don't often consider: the life of a poor German girl who is trying to grow up in this environment. Liesel lives with her foster family who is a normal German family that does not hate Jews and is trying to scrape by in a country at war.
One of the striking things about this novel is that the narrator is Death. As he shows up at the many deaths that Liesel must confront during her lifetime, Death becomes interested in this little book thief and decides to share her story with the world.
In many ways Liesel is a typical teenager with a love for books. Only she lives a life that requires her to steal the books she read. She shares these books with many different people in their times of need. A powerful story about the power of books in our lives.

Rating: 5/5


  1. Gosh, I need to read this book! Is has been on my TBR pile for years o.o

  2. Interesting looks like a good read!! I'll search for it on amazon

  3. Just saw that you started this blog! I've been behind on my blogging lately due to the business of life, but I'm super excited for it! And I was very excited to read your review because I just recently got this book on my nook to read. :)

  4. This actually sounds really interesting. I've heard of it before but I never bothered to find out more about it. Definitely going to read it now!

  5. Hi Kathy,

    Just wanted to say that I whole-heartedly agree with your assessment of this book. It's been a favourite of mine for quite some time, and it certainly stays with you. I love the idea of death being the narrator and always recommend it my friends and bookstore customers. It's Australian too, so I'm a little bias.

    Happy reading,

    Reading Habit

  6. This one sounds good. I first saw it in a giveaway a few weeks ago. I need to get myself a copy one of these days.

  7. I want to read this book for quite sometime now.
    Thanks for the review!
    New Follower!

    Esha@ Readaholicme

  8. Oh my gosh! I loved this book, and I agree with you I love reading books from that time period.
    New follower! (: