Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Title: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Series: N/A
Pages: 550
Genre: Historical
Method of acquirement: Summer book sale
My Rating: 4 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.

By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left behind 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 accordian-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 Jewish fist-fighter in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up, and closed down.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

My thoughts:
I really enjoyed reading this book. It is not at all my usual style of book...not the writing or the genre, but I still loved it. The style was very unconventional, which was hard to get used to at first.
Stories of the Holocaust are always difficult, and while The Book Thief is written about a young girl and has a bit more of a playful feel, this book is really no exception. 

Perhaps the most interesting thing about The Book Thief is that it is narrated by Death.

I did cry during this book. I cried at the end for Liesel and everyone in her town. Though I am not sure how much of my tears were actually for the story, or if it was mainly because I was returning to school...

    Language: There was quite a bit. No f-bomb, though, and the most common was an insult in German, which was used very often - usually in a playful manner.
    Sexual content: Rudy keeps asking Liesel for a kiss. [Something else I can't remember right now]

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  1. I just finished that book recently and I had so many thoughts I dont know if I could summarize it. lol. it was one of those books where I wasnt sure if I loved it or hated it. also I had a terrible nightmare one night after reading it so I think I began to have negative feelings about it after that.

    I didnt care too much for the story honestly, and I thought it was hard to pinpoint exactly what was happening and what the plot was, but Zusaks writing is so amazing that I devoured the book anyway. I love his writing style and humor and great one liners.

    Also I freaking loved Rudy.

    that is all.

    good review!

    1. Oh dear...nightmares are the worst...
      I enjoyed the story. It's a difficult subject, but I thought the author did well balancing it so that it was enjoyable and (kind of) easy to read, but still a good portrayal of what it was like.

  2. Glad to hear you liked The Book Thief! I started it but had to return it to the library. The style was quite different, but cool too.

    1. Ah yes...returning books...I hate it when they make you return it before you're done haha