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Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

from the back of the book

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 Leisel’s foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel’s world is both opened up and closed down.


My Rating: 3 out of 5

Bookshelf: No

How I Got It: Bought

I wish that I would have liked this more. It was a great story, very powerful, and made me tear up a little at certain parts. For some reason, though, it just wasn’t my favorite. I guess I’m too far into my genre of choice to get much enjoyment out of something that’s not sci-fi related. Oh, well. Not really a major loss. I wasn’t too thrilled with the narration by Death because I didn’t like knowing what was going to happen before I got to that part. Major spoiler. Other than that, it was, like I said, a good, very emotionally strong story. I’d definitely recommend it if you enjoyed The Diary of Anne Frank, Number the Stars, or The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas. You may also enjoy it if you’re a fan of books that are, for the most part, emotionally heavy.